Congratulations on the MRAC Grant!

 

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MN Hard Bop Collective (MNHBC) drummer extraordinaire and friend Jesse Simon applied for and received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.  This is great news for fans of local jazz.  The grant, which will last from now until early summer, will add focus to our Boom Room Jazz initiative.  Starting February 10, we will be hosting live jazz every other week, with the MNHBC playing each gig.

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The grant will not only help finance the series, but will also allow Jesse to focus each program on education of the hard bop style, and challenge his players and the audience with music rarely heard on the scene.  Are you familiar with the likes of jazz greats Hank Mobley and Elmo Hope?  I hadn’t either, until we started Boom Room Jazz.  And I’ve been listening to jazz for a long time.

My dad introduced me to Jazz when I was 13.  He played Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5” to me and I had to admit that he was right, that tune is amazing.  From that point on I’ve been buying jazz records.  I had great mentors to help along the way. That said, 2017 was the year that put my appreciation of Jazz into overdrive. My knowledge and appreciation, as well as my collection, has easily doubled from what I have learned from Boom Room Jazz.

For those who haven’t had guidance like I received, the genre of Jazz can be daunting.  It’s huge, ranging from 1930’s big band music, to 60’s heroin-fueled mind trips, and everything in between.  All I can say to anyone who was hasn’t been properly introduced to jazz, stop by on a Boom Room Jazz Saturday at 7pm and give it a shot.  Live jazz is amazing and the music of the MNHBC will always swing with sophistication. The vibe in the room is electric.  The music being played is rarely, if ever, heard in this town.  To top it all off, the beers you will be drinking will always be complex and delicious as well.  Write down the following dates:

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Saturday, February 10 – “Soul Station” Quartet, The music of Hank Mobley part 3

Dave Hagedorn on Vibraphone, Aaron Hedenstrom sax, Ted Olsen bass

Saturday, February 24 – Elmo’s World! A return to the music of Elmo Hope

Jake Baldwin Trumpet, Clay Puhfal sax, Jeff Rinear trombone, Javier Santiago piano, Ted Olsen bass

Saturday, March 10 – Modern Hard Bop, NYC Hard Bop from the 1980s to the present

Pete Whitman Sax, Jeff Rinear trombone, Ted Godbout piano, Graydon Peterson bass

Saturday, March 24 – TBD

More great music to come!

 

Boom Room Jazz Goes Monthly in the Fall/Winter

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Hopefully you all have had a chance to stop by on a Saturday night this summer for Boom Room Jazz. We couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to host jazz of such high quality. Boom Room Jazz will continue on Saturday night August 27 at 7pm. Please note that starting in September, we will go back to once per month schedule. Starting Saturday September 3, we will be hosting Brad Bellows and Friends on the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. There is never a cover charge for Boom Room Jazz. Here are the Fall/Winter dates:

Boom Room Jazz:

Saturday August 27 @ 7pm

Fall Schedule:

Saturday September 3 @ 7pm

Saturday October1 @ 7pm

Saturday November 5 @ 7pm

Saturday December 3 @ 7pm

Saturday December 17 @ 7pm – Special Holiday Program

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Please make a point to stop by and revel in the jazz by Brad Bellows and Friends! These Cats can wail. Enjoy one of our Taproom Exclusive beers while you are at it. Jazz and fresh Belgian-style beers? Yes please.

Boom Days: Meet the Bands (6)

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 Eleganza!

Performing: Saturday,  July 16 at 8PM

Headlining this year’s Boom Days on Saturday , July 16th is local rockers Eleganza!. Eleganza! was formed by Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist/vocalist for the Estrus Records band The Midnight Evils and the celebrated Chooglin’ (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records).

 

Eleganza! is a 3-guitar ROCK AND ROLL attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin’ bandmate, Jeff Johnson, and ex-Ol’ Yeller’s Greg McAloon. Also on board is the legendary Tony Zaccardi of Romantica & Kruddler on bass, and his longtime partner in crime Tim Baumgart (Wizards Are Real/Big Ditch Road/Kruddler) on drums and August Varwig on harmonica.

The band played the First Avenue BEST NEW BANDS of 2012, and have opened for The ALABAMA SHAKES, CHARLES BRADLEY, BOB LOG III, LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES, LEFT LANE CRUISER, BUFFALO KILLERS, MEAT PUPPETS, BOBBY BARE Jr. and more!

The band recorded their first record at Secret Stash Studios in Minneapolis. Look for a release date in the fall of 2016.

We urge you to “Like” them immediately: https://www.facebook.com/eleganzaband/

Twitter  https://twitter.com/Eleganza_band

Boom Days: Meet the Bands (5)

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Phantom Tails

Performing: Saturday, July 16 at 6:30PM

Phantom Tails formed in early 2009. In fact, the band never really formed so much as it emerged as part of a natural progression. All four members had been playing together for some time in other bands before indulging to embark on a more electronic, gritty, and concise musical path. Wielding distorted analog synthesizers, fuzz bass,and angular guitar while brandishing electronic drum beats sampled from vintage 808 machines, traditional sumatran folk music, and sonar whale recordings, they have executed this transition. How can this be categorized? Deep Space Doom Funk, of course.

Music- https://soundcloud.com/phantom-tails

Videos- https://www.youtube.com/user/phantomtailstv

EPK- http://phantomtails.bandcamp.com/

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phantom-Tails/102218143151972

Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/phantom_tails

Boom Days: Meet the Bands (4)

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Crossing Guards featuring Martin Devaney

Performing: Saturday, July 16 at 3PM

 

Crossing Guards began as a recording project in 2007 between songwriter/frontman Martin Devaney and bassist and sometimes drummer Sean Hoffman. In the years since they’ve played on and off in clubs and headlined festivals such as the Pizza Luce Block Party and the summer Beer Dabbler. In 2009, they released their full length album, Revenge of the Tall Boys. After a recent hiatus, the band is back at it with new shows and new tunes to come. The Current lineup includes Devaney, Hoffman, Eric Kassel. Steve McPherson, and Ryan Otte.

 

Play List: https://martindevaney.bandcamp.com/music

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martindevaneymusic/

Boom Days: Meet the Bands (7)

Belgian’s First Rapper, Period.

Performing: Friday, July 15 at 7PM

Too Tuff was one of the very first Belgian MCs to rap in Dutch. His 1999 hit record “Represent 2000 Antwaarpe” with his group Sint-Andries MC’s, singing the praises of his hometown, Antwerp, became a local classic that can still be heard on Belgian radio.

Prior to that, in the late eighties, Too Tuff was one of the very first Belgian rappers, period, getting inspired by classic MCs like Run DMC and LL Cool J. He now lives in St. Paul. At the ripe age of 44, we convinced him to come out of retirement for Boom Days, where he’ll be rhyming in English and Dutch. Beer-wise, he’s a Duvel type of guy.

Backing him up musically is DJ Digie, a seminal Twin Cities hip-hop figure in his own right. A member of the legendary Abstract Pack in the 90s, and now of Up Rock, with his Abstract band mate Dundee, he is a DJ, rapper, producer, photographer, youth mentor and all-round Renaissance man.

Play List:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/DJ-Digie-228994803784241/

Boom Days: Meet the Band (3)

The Bill Patten Trio

Performing: Saturday July 16 at 5:00PM

The Bill Patten Trio (aka the bp3) is a Minneapolis based rock band that specializes in a fuzzed-up, 60’s kinda mish mash of styles with effects-laden acoustic guitar (Bill Patten), bass (Jon Olson), and drums (Mark Har). Putting their spin on tunes from the Great American Songbook along with their original songs, the Bill Patten Trio thrives on spontaneous sets and beer enthused audiences.