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Rockers for Knockers reunites St. Paul faves at Turf

Rockers for Knockers reunites St. Paul faves at Turf
Photo by Nikki Miller

Last night at the Turf the Bust Buddies, a group of close girlfriends from St. Paul, pulled together an impressive lineup to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 60 mile, 3-Day Walk for the Cure. With live room sets by Sean Na Na, Martin Devaney Band, Puppies and Trains, and Company Inc., as well as Clown Lounge DJ sets by Solid Gold, James Diers, Tom Loftus, and Free Energy, who later took to the stage with Sean Tillman, the ladies treated the Turf not only to an eclectic mix of musical acts (some of which are seen far to rarely 'round these parts), but also turned the pool table merch table into an awareness-raising booth of sorts, distributing information on the Walk for the Cure and selling buttons and posters. There was just one problem.

Rockers for Knockers reunites St. Paul faves at Turf
Photo by Nikki Miller

That problem? I'm a dope and missed all of Company Inc. and most of Puppies and Trains, the show starting uncharacteristically early for the Turf yet going strong 'til close. May I be excused if I say I was late to the breast cancer benefit because I got myself caught up talking to a friend about her own reproductive issues?

Puppies and Trains and Bust Buddies inspire a singalong
Puppies and Trains and Bust Buddies inspire a singalong
Photo by Nikki Miller

I hanged my head low nonetheless when I walked in to catch the last two songs of Puppies and Trains, featuring Superhopper alums Kermit Carter and Math P. (former bandmate Nick Shuminsky now playing with Free Energy, the band in town to open for Mates of State and joining in the fun at the Turf spinning tunes in the Clown Lounge as well as an unannounced short set on stage). Puppies and Trains closed their set by bringing one of the Bust Buddies onstage to talk about the Walk, Carter then leading the bar in an inspirational singalong to a song he introduced as having been originally performed by one of our favorite breast cancer survivors.

Singalong? Did Joan Baez have breast cancer?

Naw, he was talkin' Kylie Minogue, the bar singing the la la las while Carter conquered the rest of her hit song in a spot-on Kylie impression.

 

Martin Devaney and band followed up in a polished performance absent the high kicks and nearly-spilling beers I've come to expect out of Devaney after becoming more accustomed to seeing him front Crossing Guards (seriously, does he practice those high kicks and the nearly-spilling beer moves because they're damned consistent).

Martin Devaney Band
Martin Devaney Band
Photo by Nikki Miller

After a bit of a break, Sean Na Na took to the stage. And bless my soul, Sean Tillman is performing in pants. Haven't seen that in a while. I was about to approach the stage to take a photo but stepped away, worried I might end up with pubic hair sprinkled upon my temple.

Sean Na Na
Sean Na Na
Photo by Nikki Miller

But it didn't take long to forget the Sean Tillman/Har Mar associations and sink into the Sean Na Na "reunion," which Tillman described as the "future of old music." During the set, Tillman threw out a few Goo Goo Dolls references, which to my drunk ears didn't seem too far off, er, well maybe if Goo Goo Dolls had been from here not Buffalo and had stayed local and had never written the theme song to some Meg Ryan summer romance movie soundtrack. Um, yeah.

Sean Na Na
Sean Na Na
Photo by Nikki Miller

To the Bust Buddies - nice work on the show, and best of luck on your walk!

Beneft organizers the Bust Buddies
Beneft organizers the Bust Buddies
Photo by Nikki Miller
Rockers for Knockers reunites St. Paul faves at Turf
Photo by Nikki Miller
Rockers for Knockers reunites St. Paul faves at Turf
Photo by Nikki Miller
Birthday boy/Birthday Suit Hideo Takahashi and Sean Na Na bassist/Nude About Town Paddy Costello
Birthday boy/Birthday Suit Hideo Takahashi and Sean Na Na bassist/Nude About Town Paddy Costello
Photo by Nikki Miller

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