Terminal News & Delta Blues

CLUB HOPPERS TAKE note: Northeast old-school joint The Terminal Bar (409 E. Hennepin Ave., 623-4545) has begun a loud and experimental new music lineup on Tuesday nights, thanks to American Cuckoo promoter Mary Emerzian. In the past few weeks, Emerzian has been booking underground threats like Wrong, Deformo, and the massive Eye of God Guitar Orchestra. Wrong guitarist John Vance says that the new series feels like the return of the 24 Bar, the semi-legendary underdog club that was crushed to make way for construction of the Federal Reserve building. This Tuesday, the Terminal hosts a new band called Bombshell and others to be announced (no cover); on Feb. 25 it's The Kelley Deal 6000, Dr. Sphincter, and Zapruder Slingshot. My advice: shoot around the corner to The Front and catch The Vic Volare Lounge Orchestra, also playing Tuesdays, for a cool musical mix-up. Now can someone tell us what's up with the closed Two Pillars club down the block? . . .

On the same side of the river, the U of M brings us the rich and diverse University of the Blues Fest at the Whole Music Club every Thursday this month. The renowned bottleneck guitarist CeDell Davis plays it this Thursday, while youthful revivalist (and Red House Records recording artist) Guy Davis pays a visit on Feb. 20. The series rounds out with Chicago's elder statesman David Honeyboy Edwards (Feb. 2-7), and Dallas pianist Big Al Dupree (Mar. 6). It's a high-caliber schedule that harkens back the the Whole's late-'60s role as a premiere area blues venue. (All shows at 7:30; $10/$5 for U students; call 625-6984.)

In other blues news, the legendary Muddy Waters sideman Jimmy Rogers brings his axe to town Friday and Saturday, when he'll be holding court at Orries. Inside Straight opens. Bandana Square, Energy Park Drive, St. Paul; 645-0038.

Finally, let me hype the new Wednesday dance format at First Avenue before some radio station does it for me. Last week, while the playfully billed "Best New Bands of '97" rocked the Entry, we popped into the Mainroom to hear DJ Rod Smith's tasteful mix of Pulp, Polara, and DJ Shadow. Salsa, lounge, trip-hop and drum-n-bass were also on tap; and out of nowhere Smith hit us with a vid from Swedish millenial-rock geniuses Garmarna. The only thing missing was the attendance, since most folks go for the venue's harder-rocking tradition Club 241 on Tuesdays. But here's a little-known fact: Wednesdays have two-for-one drinks too. Now you know.

 
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