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Are You Local? 2014
Featuring the Cloak Ox, Dave Simonett, John Mark Nelson, Gramma's Boyfriend, Black Diet, Step Rockets, Botzy, Teammates, and Jillian Rae
First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
March 6, 2014
The fifth annual Are You Local? showcase was their biggest production yet, as the event returned to First Avenue's Mainroom and also filled the Entry with emerging acts the entire night. The five-hour show ended up providing a decent cross section of the current Twin Cities music scene, though hip-hop was woefully underrepresented -- with a brief 15-minute set by Botzy the only rap music offered up by any of the nine acts.
The lengthy evening was well-paced, with shows happening continuously in each room to keep music fans engaged and intrigued. But ultimately, there was a definite problem when the best band of the night (the Cloak Ox) performed at midnight to a mostly empty club after much of the crowd had already gone home.
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