Cool Shows Next Week (and one this Saturday) 7/28 – 8/5


This week we just have to make an exception for one of our favorite local bands.

Saturday 7/28

Dance Assault at the Icehouse – TICKETS

We’re not sure how this show slipped past us to get it into last week’s segment. It’s Dance Assault! Heavy on the dance, easy on the assault.

Somethin’ has been cooking in the Dance Assault cauldron of putrid funk… something juicy and funky…. something that is sure to make you tingle from head to toe… must be a new DANCE ASSAULT SINGLE. They’re gonna give you each a taste on July 28 at Icehouse!

But that’s not all, Dance Assault  will be celebrating former guitar player, J Justin Zwack, as he’s just returned from a two-year-long stint in Namibia working for the Peace Corp! He will be sitting in with DA but also playing a full set with, the Joe Fessler Band!

Friday 8/3

John David & The Jerks at the Entry – TICKETS

John David & Jerks are a Minneapolis based, pond-hockey loving, indie rock/Americana band active since 2008. John David & the Jerks cultivate the great song writing process and are influenced by The Band, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones.

The Jerks are releasing their 3rd full length album titled “I Love You Means I’m Lucky” on at this show. “I Love You Means I’m Lucky” will come out on sonaBLAST! Records (Louisville, Kentucky) and was recorded at the Pearl Recording Studio in NE Minneapolis along with drummer/producer Peter Anderson of the Honeydogs.

Recent single “I’ll Die of Grief“ was featured on the “City Pages – Local Frames: 5 Must-See Minnesota Music Videos”, as well as Minnesota Public Radio The Current’s “Friday Five” top Minnesota Music Videos. Single “Every Little Road” was also featured on The Current’s “Friday Five” as well as Minnesota Public Radio’s Local Show on 89.3 The Current KCMP. The Jerks have also received regular support from Minneapolis based Fresh Air Radio KFAI, and recently played the famed First Avenue/7th Street Entry venue in Minneapolis.

Rich Yarges & The Pop Mechanics at Eagles #34 – EVENT INFO

Are you ready for the first full album of newly recorded material from the Midwest’s most tuneful and heartfelt songwriter in 23 years?  Rich Yarges, the former singer and guitarist for the infamous 90s band, Truck Stop Love, is back with Are You Ready? – 11 tracks of genuine, guitar-based, honest-to-God rock and roll to make you dance your summer away.   

Based out of Minneapolis, Rich Yarges and the Pop Mechanics is stacked with veterans of the Minnesota and Kansas rock scenes.  Longtime friend and final Truck Stop Love guitarist, Jim Crego (Dragnet, God’s Favorite Band, Jim Crego & The North Electric), is back playing tasty Les Paul counter melodies against Rich’s classic pop foundations.  Rob DeMarais, who played in Topeka’s Vitreous Humor, as well as Minnie’s The Grand Machine and Mondale Riot, lays down bass grooves in that true power pop fashion to the snappy beats of Pete Boulger, who’s pulling triple duty these days with The North Electric and Leslie Rich and the Rocket Soul Choir.  These guys are lifers who believe in the power of loud guitars, a good beat and a great song.

Rich Yarges and the Pop Mechanics will celebrate the release of their debut LP Friday, August 3 at Eagles #34 Club in Minneapolis with unapologetic Kansas City rock and rollers (and label mates), Red Kate, and Minneapolis tunesmiths, Jim Crego and the North Electric.

ENTHEOS (Summer Slaughter Tour) at the  Skyway – TICKETS

The Summer Slaughter Tour has been touring the US since 2007 – Metals answer to the Warped Tour. This year its stop in Minneapolis will be at the Skyway headlined by Between The Buried And ME, Born Of Osiris and Veil Of Maya. A total of 9 bands starting early afternoon should be enough for the most demanding of metal fans for a day.

Entheos are a progressive tech metal band featuring former members of The Faceless, Scale the Summit, and Animals as Leaders They new album “Dark Future” will be out on November 10.