The Cabooze Is 40: Memories and Highlights

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Many exciting sold-out shows have hit the Cabooze over the years.

Open since 1974, the Cabooze has made its name through booking a variety of R&B, reggae, and rock acts, all the while supporting local bands who have gone on to play larger stages in front of national audiences. Serving niches of R&B/blues in the '70s and jam rock today, the venue has a history of booking something for everybody.

The Cabooze has hosted James Brown, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Snoop Dogg, Social Distortion, Sheryl Crow, and locals such as the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Trampled By Turtles, and oh so many more. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards once came and stood front row to watch Peter Tosh play.

The club's reputation was established by early booker Charlie Campbell, who was with the venue until 1982. Since 2006 it has been owned by the After Midnight Group, which also owns the Cowboy Jacks restaurants and Sally's in Dinkytown.

Gimme Noise sought out some stories from the staff and from others around town. This is far from an exhaustive history, but nonetheless these are some of the nights that stood out. After all, notes booker Jeff Taube, "There's a story every night, it's if you can remember them all."

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RIP Cabooze manager Jason Aukes

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10 rare photos from the Beatles' only Minnesota performance

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Photo courtesy of the Bob Bonis archive
Paul McCartney of the Beatles performing at Met Stadium in 1965.

The Beatles played Minnesota exactly once. During their 1965 U.S. tour, the legendary rock band played the since-demolished Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

Due to safety concerns, promoter Big Reggie Colihan decided no one was allowed on the field, which meant few close-up photos were taken. However, the Beatles' U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, snapped a few pictures from the side of the stage.

Here are 10 of the shots Bonis took that are part of the current exhibition "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!" now on display at the Mall of America's newly opened Midwest Music Museum.

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Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 5

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Marquee nightclub cancels plan to relaunch as Hush731

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A Friday night at Marquee

Located under Union restaurant, downtown Minneapolis nightclub Marquee is undergoing a rebranding and remodeling effort only 18 months after opening its doors. As of Tuesday, the club was set to be redubbed Hush731.

But the new branding drew heat on social media over its similarity to HUSH, a group of businesses and dance events headed by local techno artist Zak Khutoretsky, better known as internationally renowned DJ DVS1. For now, in a twist you don't see too often, the underground seems to have won this round.

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Cibo Matto at the Turf Club, 3/4/14

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Photo by Erik Hess

Cibo Matto and Buffalo Daughter
Turf Club, St. Paul
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It may have been an especially cold night in St. Paul, but a '90s revival was full steam. Surprisingly full on a chilly Tuesday, the Turf Club played host to darlings of the era Cibo Matto. While their music never really went mainstream, the duo has gained a large and loyal cult following through the years -- all of whom were present for the highly anticipated sold-out show.

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Sarah White: No one needs to see me swinging on a wrecking ball

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We've all averted our eyes from the modern blur and peered into the heavens above us to find wishes in the uncomplicated beauty of the sky. Who knew that something so bountiful as the sky would bring back one of the Twin Cities' own shooting stars, Sarah White.

In 2007, Sarah White left for Brooklyn at the height of her band Black Blondie's popularity. It was a gut feeling and heartfelt instinct of change. Five years later, she's back, starting all over again with a new band, and trying to find her way in a scene that has changed much in her absence.
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Best Coast at First Avenue, 7/31/13

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Best Coast
with Prissy Clerks
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of Best Coast brought their well-rehearsed, sun-soaked sound to First Avenue last night, providing a fitting soundtrack to an unseasonably mild late-July evening. For those of us who dread the late season brew of heat and humidity, the end of July reminds us that August is lamentably just around the corner, and with its arrival, the dog days.

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Slideshow: Best Coast at First Avenue, 7/31/13

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My first First Avenue show: Yeasayer and Strange Names

Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

If you saw my post last week, you'll know that I had never been to a show at First Avenue -- despite already hitting many of the other clubs around town. Knowing how essential this is to any serious Twin Cities music fan, I knew I had to go and make it soon after divulging my secret. On Saturday, I went to see Yeasayer in the iconic mainroom, and I can't believe I waited so long.

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I have never been to a concert at First Avenue
Slideshow: Yeasayer at First Avenue

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I have never been to a concert at First Avenue

I have a confession to make. I have never been to First Avenue. Yes, I understand this is an absurd statement coming from an early twenty-something who has lived in the Twin Cities for practically her entire life, but I'm not going to get into the plethora of excuses for it. This venue is essentially the heart and soul of the Minnesota music scene and I'm just as confused as you are that I have yet to experience a show there.

Unlike Emily White, who notably never owned any music to begin with, I'm trying to rectify this situation -- and quickly.

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First Avenue named no. 3 best "big room" in America by Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone readers: First Avenue is the 2nd best venue in America
Top 10 best places to grab a drink before a show at First Avenue

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The Uncluded: We cry a little, shake our asses a little -- it's nice


Folk rock singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson and rapper/producer Aesop Rock have crafted numerous musical works and have fused their musical strength to form the Uncluded. The duo recently released their debut, Hokey Fright on Rhymesayers. They will be taking over The Cedar Cultural Center Stage with Hamell on Trial on Sunday, June 30.

Gimme Noise spoke with the dynamic duo after their show in Houston to find out how their obsession with words and common understanding of loss brought the Uncluded together.

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Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock sign to Rhymesayers as the Uncluded

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Wavves at 7th Street Entry, 3/29/13

Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

With FIDLAR and Cheatahs
7th Street Entry, Minneapolis
Friday, March 29, 2013

Wavves, fronted by singer/guitarist Nathan Williams and bassist Stephen Pope, rolled into Minneapolis on Friday as part of a national, small-venue tour to promote their new album Afraid of Heights. Touring with Mom+Pop label mates FIDLAR, the evening promised to be a raucous exercise in Southern California punk/surf rock catharsis, complete with repeated references to getting drunk, stoned and generally fucked up.

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Slideshow: Wavves, FIDLAR, and Cheatahs at 7th St. Entry

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