Northeast Minneapolis tiki bar Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge has undeniable atmosphere. Along with the palm fronds, carved wood, and a waterfall is Exotik-A-GoGo, the club's house band.
The five-piece group combine for well over 100 years of musical experience between them and can play pretty much anything. For this gig, they play exotica, a musical genre popularized by Martin Denny in the late '50s and early '60s. It borrows elements from jazz, salsa, and calypso, and demands serious improvisational skill.
As the club's house band, they show up every Friday and Saturday, perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., drink, get paid, and leave. The gig itself can involve so much more, and who better to explain it than Exotik-A-GoGo themselves?