Venue spotlight: Gluek's and the Root City Band
|Photo by Ted Bradford|
If those walls could talk, huh? Alas, they can't, but one of the bartenders shared a few charming stories with me. One Friday night, members of the cast of Phantom of the Opera ended up participating in the live karaok. And apparently, someone stole a large deer head off one of the walls and darted out the back door weeks before the '89 fire and got away. Shortly after the reopening, the taxidermal trophy appeared anonymously outside the front door of the bar. Awwww...
Live music has been a relatively recent addition to the culture at Gluek's. For about a decade now the stage at Gluek's--handsomely propped up in the front window under a grand, stained-glass banner--has featured standing gigs for Minneapolis favorites such as Billy Johnson's Roadshow, Hookers and Blow, and--currently--live karaoke with The Buzz and Alex Rossi and the Root City Band. The Root City Band has been pleasing downtown audiences for nearly 5 years now with their high-energy soul/blues/rock n' roll. There's nothing mind-bending about them, but with a sharp horn section and vocalist/looper Heatbox in the mix, they have a few trick up their sleeves.
More of a gathering spot with live music enhancement than a club, Gluek's encourages its role as an accessory to your complete downtown experience. The calendar behind the bar counting down the seconds until opening day at the Twins' Target Field and the inclusion of major events at Target Center on their own event schedule demonstrate that Gluek's doesn't expect you to spend your whole night there. But booking good local bands like Alex Rossi and the Root City Band is an added incentive to include Gluek's in your plans, and a worthwhile one at that.
Gluek's Bar and Grill
16 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403