BEST BLUES BAR - 2004
Fans of live blues have always dug the option of getting on the floor and getting nasty, or sitting back and watching others do the same. Lucky for all involved, not only does the MMC (the biggest music-club room in St. Paul) feature the old stage from the Mirage in Minneapolis and a massive dance floor, but it's got a theater-setting gallery and plenty of chairs for non-dancers and gawkers alike. Throw in a blue-collar East St. Paul setting and kickin' house blues bands like the Sugar Divaz, the Prophets of Soul, the Tony Sims Band, Jay Bee and the Routine featuring Jelly Bean Johnson, and it's clear that the MMC is starting to rise above its rep as Bunker's East. Extra cred: Little Blues Brother Jim Belushi jams there when he's in town.