Ike Reilly plans another four-night stand with the Twin Cities
|Ike Reilly, circa 2001|
|By Andrea Swensson|
Some of the first shows I ever saw (well, not counting the Beach Boys at the State Fair or the Moody Blues at the DECC in the fifth grade) were during Ike Reilly's four-night Turf Club run. I was underage, let in through the kitchen and pressed up against the little stage, and everything about those nights felt intoxicating, despite the fact that I didn't have a single sip of beer. I'd never been in a real club before, I'd never seen a musician playing rock 'n' roll so close to my face, and I'd never seen a whole room of people jump up and down and sing along to dirty love songs.
Turns out the last part doesn't happen at every show, although I thought it did at the time. For those four nights, the Turf was crammed with people who love Ike Reilly so deeply and passionately that it seemed certain that he was going to become famous. By the last night, the sweaty faces in the crowd started to look more anxious, the dancing and the singing got even rowdier, and the anticipation became jarringly palpable -- we thought we were sending him off to go conquer the world.
|Photos by Andrea Swensson|
And here I am, another Minneapolis writer head over heels in love with Ike Reilly and painting him as some kind of punk rock prophet. Maybe, as they say, you had to be there. Or maybe you should see it for yourself.
Reilly is returning to the Twin Cities this March for another four-night stand, this time at a different venue each night including, best of all, a St. Paddy's Day show back at the Turf.
Bryant Lake Bowl (Ike solo acoustic)
Turf Club (full band)
7th St. Entry (full band)
Triple Rock (full band)
Get your tickets early, these shows are sure to sell out.