Calling All Metalheads: Surly and Muddy Waters Want You

Can you name this guy, for example?

Muddy Waters is aiming to become a metalhead lair on Monday, January 19, with the fourth annual Heavy Metal Trivia night.

Co-hosted by Dillinger Four guitarist Billy Morrisette, who is also bar manager at Muddy Waters, and Surly brewery operations director Todd Haug, who plays guitar in Vulgaari, the night offers heavy metal music, trivia, and a screening of cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a 1986 documentary filmed in a the parking lot of a Judas Priest concert.

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Life of a House Band: Trailer Trash

Lynn Richter
"Other guys were looking for record deals, I was looking for a bar deal."

The holiday season is upon us once again. Sweaters, eggnog, mistletoe... and so goes the generic list of items we see every year. But then there are some special events outside of the ordinary celebration. One of those, the Trashy Little Xmas Show created by house band Trailer Trash, is dedicated to celebrating Christmas throughout the month of December until Christmas day.

On these nights inside Lee's Liquor Lounge is a crowd done up in their ugliest sweaters, flashing lights, sequins, and of course Santa hats. Imagine Uncle Eddie from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

As soon as the first Christmas song starts, the dance floor at Lee's erupts and people of all ages get into the spirit. The band's frontman, Nate Dungan, leads the charge.

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

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


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

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?


----Erin Go Party!

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Nomad World Pub plans 9th birthday celebration


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?

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

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

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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Hell's Kitchen cutting back on local indie music shows

Categories: Local Nightlife

Photo by B Fresh Photography
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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