A few weeks ago I was seeing some blues in Nordeast Minneapolis on a rare Friday night in the city. That night it was Howard Luedke playing at Shaws Bar and of course it was a great show. But that night I was also talking to people. Telling them that I was usually in the city on Tuesday nights. I was complaining to them that there was no live music to see. One woman, corrected though. Telling me there was great music every Tuesday night, I just wasn't looking in the right spot. I tell you what, it didn't take me much to rise to that challenge.
There is nothing I like more than walking into a place far away and seeing one of our local bands at a big city venue. I think it is cool when a band from here can be seen on a far away stage so I try to never miss it. Tonight it was Howard Guitar Ludtke and his band Blue Max on stage in front of a packed crowd at Shaws Bar in Minneapolis. A great show on a warm night with spring in the air.
This year was Decadent Cabaret #36, the weather was nice, the roads were clear and the bar was packed with people. For thirty six years people have been attending this amazing, one of a kind indoor music festivals. I have never seen anything like it. A band starts. Sings about four songs and then they tear down and setup another band. In about fifteen or twenty minutes they have another band ready to go. You can see a lot of music in one night. It is also billed as a night of fishnet, and I was happy to see a fair amount of it in the crowd.
Last weekend I published a bunch of stuff I had written earlier in the month and it caused a bit of uproar after I said a band hadn't been paid by a bar. My comments seemed to set off a bit of a Facebook tsunami and made me feel like I really should respond in some way. So to start off, here is the un-edited thread as it was posted on facebook.