The Life of a House Band: Dr. Mambo's Combo

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Courtesy of Dr. Mambo's Combo

Around 8:30 p.m. on a Monday evening, the crowd at North Loop institution Bunker's Music Bar & Grill was a bit thin. Only 15 people were there, including a well-dressed man in a cream-colored three-piece suit accented by a navy blazer and an almond-colored hat.

Just under an hour later, more folks trickled in slowly. Many of them clearly knew each other. Warm smiles were met with open arms, and followed by embraces. All of them also knew why they were here: Dr. Mambo's Combo was set to perform. This was where young and old meet to get down, dance, and get funky.

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Turf Club finalizes grand reopening weekend lineup

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As most local music fans are well aware, the Turf Club has undergone significant renovations over the past few months. During extensive upgrades to the bathrooms, a new kitchen, and more improvements from top to bottom, the beloved St. Paul venue has remained closed and shows have been rerouted to other spots.

This week, the Turf Club at long last reopens for a flurry of shows planned over a Grand Reopening weekend.

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Turf Club is hiring, re-opening in August

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St. Patrick's Day advice: Don't ask me to dance a jig with you when I'm working

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Jayme Halbritter
The Door Guy is a veteran of countless clubs around town. People say they've seen it all, but he's seen more. Write to him for everything from live advice to life advice.

Dear Door Guy:

I am super excited for a full four days of Saint Paddy's day partying this weekend! I've made sure I have enough PTO to call out sick Monday and Tuesday, and I'm ready to get my Irish on! A few columns back, you said that Saint Patrick's Day was one of the worst nights to work, but I don't understand why you think it sucks so much. What's your issue? Do you have a problem with the Irish? Lots of drinking, lots of people, lots of great music, what's not to love? What can I do to make you less crabby?

Sláinte!

----Erin Go Party!


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Nomad World Pub plans 9th birthday celebration

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The Nomad World Pub has made a fine addition to the string of stellar bars and clubs along Cedar Avenue on Minneapolis's West Bank. Countless local and national acts have rocked the Nomad's intimate stage over the years, with the venue consistently offering up-and-coming area acts a place where they can feel welcome honing their musical talents.

And this Saturday, March 15, the Nomad is celebrating their 9th Birthday in grand style, with a day filled with lively DJ's, $2 craft beer specials, loads of fun, and Shurling.


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Ask the Door Guy: Can clubs deny entry for zombies?

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Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen

The Door Guy is a veteran of countless clubs around town. People say they've seen it all, but he's seen more. Write to him for everything from live advice to life advice.

Dear Door Guy: Saturday, during Zombie Pub Crawl, my friends and I were out doing our zombie thing and when we got to the bar, we got turned away! The door guy took one look at us and said, "No zombies." What's up with that? I feel totally discriminated against. What right does a bar have to turn an Undead-American away? It doesn't seem fair to refuse someone on Zombie Pub Crawl night for being a zombie!

--Sad and Hungry for Brains

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My first First Avenue show: Yeasayer and Strange Names

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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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Slideshow: Yeasayer at First Avenue

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I have never been to a concert at First Avenue

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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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Hell's Kitchen cutting back on local indie music shows

Categories: Local Nightlife

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Maria Isa performing at Hell's Kitchen
After nearly two and a half years of hosting regular late-night shows, Hell's Kitchen is scaling back on live local rock. While the potential remains for one-off shows, the regular series booked by Mike Siddall will not continue. Instead, the restaurant and venue is focusing on dance nights and calmer dinner concerts, which have proven more lucrative. The venue was a surprising host to local harder music when it first opened its doors to the local scene, but the pairing wasn't a perfect match.

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Hell's Kitchen ramps up 'Late-Nite' series


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Minnesota Twins should pick a Bob Dylan song for a new anthem

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Could the "boy" from the North Country be the answer for our drought? 
Summer un-officially began this month as pitchers and catchers reported to Florida to mark the start of another season of trying to survive in Twins territory. Even though about 12 inches of snow covers Target Field, we can still daydream of April 1 when the skies will be blue, and Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau will be healthy.

The Twins shipped off and cut players to build for 2014 and onward. (And the Miguel Sano and Alex Meyer Please Hurry Up plan is in full effect now.) So while they are making adjustments, can we ask to change one more thing? The music.

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Joe Mauer should dump T.I.'s "What You Know"
Ten local songs the Minnesota Twins should play at Target Field


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Get Cryphy crew announce 5th Anniversary party, release new mixtape

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The DJs behind high-energy dance nights Get Cryphy (this year's winners of City Pages' Best Dance Night) are pulling out all the stops for their 5th Anniversary celebration. The crew, comprised of distinguished local DJ's Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy2Times, Last Word, and Fundo, have a sure-to-be-hype show scheduled at First Avenue's Mainroom on Friday, February 8, which promises not only a night filled with club bangers, but plenty of special guests from the local scene dropping by, as well as the evening's hosts MaLLy and St. Paul Slim.

And, to get everyone excited about the night, the Get Cryphy crew have also just dropped a fresh mixtape, Rocky 5 Thousand: Maximum Overdrive, which is available for free download.

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Get Cryphy 4 Year Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/24/12
Get Cryphy crew drops Soundset artists mix, DJing afterparty


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