Photos by David Rubene
Bowling. Beer. Live Music. What else could you ask for on a Memorial Day Weekend? Memory Lanes helped ring in the official start of summer this weekend with their 9th Annual Memory Lanes Block Party. Saturday featured a slew of local talent – including one of our favorite, The Shackletons.
Saturday at Memory Lanes was an eclectic blend of music highlighting the colorful and ever changing music scene here in the Twin Cities. The day got kicked off with every millennial’s dream – a 90s cover band. You Oughta Know warmed up the Memory Lanes stage with Britney Spears, Spice Girls, TLC and more. Honestly, we wish You Oughta Know could have come back to close out the evening after everyone was a few drinks deep. But they were the perfect start to the day.The third set of the day was The Shackletons. You may know The Shackletons as Colin Campbell and The Shackletons. The Shackeltons is made up of the Campbell brothers – Colin on guitars/vocals, Cameron on bass and Evan on drums. We’ve been following these guys for quite some time now and they seem to be continually pushing themselves to the next level, never staying stagnant in their sound or live show. On Saturday The Shackletons absolutely commanded the stage with energy and confidence, that felt less like a block party and more like a headlining show down at First Ave. Lead vocalist/guitarist Colin Campbell even jumped down off the stage to work the crowd for one of their final songs. The group of friends I was with had never seen The Shackletons before, but like many, couldn’t ignore the buzz around these guys. After Saturday I think it’s safe to say The Shackletons made a few new fans. Situated in between You Oughta Know and The Shackeltons was Lady Lark. Lady Lark brought the rhythm and blues with her powerhouse vocals. She was supported on stage by a full band. At block parties, sometimes the music can just turn into background noise, but Lady Lark had the crowd absolutely captivated. She was one you really couldn’t take your eyes off of. We could go on and on about every band from Saturday but just check out our photo gallery below! Each band really brought something unique and different to the stage. Saturday was truly the “appetizer sampler” of lineups. A little bit of something for everyone. I know we will all be following these bands closely for the next block party they play this summer!
P • PLThe rest of Saturday’s lineup featured JC Brooks. Sarah White, Crunchy Kids and P • PL. The indoor stage closed out the evening with Shannon Blowtorch, Sophia Eris and DJ Keezy.