Saturday, March 17, 2007

Chooglin' rocks the Turf tonight; Whiskey lives, and Eagles Club starts St. Patty's Day right

There are so many great things to do this St. Patty's Day . . . here are the things I'm going to see, of the many fine choices.

CHOOGLIN' rawks the roof off the Turf tonight! Drop everything and check out Chooglin' if you haven't yet. If you've seen 'em, I don't need to tell you what to do! Chooglin' is a straight ahead good-time rock 'n' roll band with the best of Southern rock references . . . to me, they're akin to the Rolling Stones/Bad Company or the Band/Iggy and the Stooges rolled into one, (my husband, a former '80s punk bassist says "MC5/Stooges") with their own flavor of truck-drivin' pedal to the metal propulsive rock that you've just got to dance to, if you've still got a pulse. They have one of the best live rock shows in Minneapolis. Chooglin' features former Midnight Evils' guitarist/vocalist Brian Vanderwerf and Jesse Tomlinson, the Fuck Yeahs drummer Shawn Walker who does it Keith Moon style, and former Blame bassist Jeff Johnson laying down the heavy groove. Add to this mix a brass trio from The Horns of Eleganza, and you'll go out of your mind with more intoxicating fun than a bottle of Jamison.

Before them is another charismatic, extravaganzistic all-out psychedelic rock band with great guitar chops and vocals of Christy Hunt, fantastic drummer Chaz and bassist Helz, a wild '70s-esque rock show. Their influences include a gammet from Siouxie and the Banshees, Led Zeppelin, Missing Persons David Bowie, Zappa and more.

In one hour, at 3 p.m. today (till 5 or later) the Liquor Pigs do all Irish tunes at the Eagles Club. The good times continue with the Del Counts at 7 p.m. and there is corned beef & cabbage or Irish stew available.

You can follow Randy and Dave down the road to the Whiskey Junction, reopened as of Wednesday, as they kick off live music beginning at 8:30 p.m. They're followed by Machinery Hill, a fun mix of traditional and modern Irish, and rock.

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