One of the Twin Cities’ newest venues will be hosting a show on Friday, March 16th that should not be missed.
Mortimer’s is a neighborhood favorite of mine on the corner of Franklin and Lyndale in Uptown, Minneapolis with great people, good drinks, and amazing vibes. They have been hosting music for a couple of months now and, even though it’s just a couple of blocks from my apartment, Friday night will be my first chance to check it out during a concert. The fact that Direct Hit!, Arms Aloft, Decent Criminal and Drones are playing is just the icing on the damn cake.
Direct Hit! is a Milwaukee-based pop punk band formed in 2007 by singer/guitarist Nick Woods. It consists of Nick Woods, Danny Walkowiak, Devon Kay, and Steve Maury. With three full length albums out and a recently released split with Pears (one of my favorites), Direct Hit! is not a new name in the game at all but one that I never miss when I have the chance to see them. Their dynamic live show and up-beat songs will have the entire crowd moving and grooving along to the music on Friday night.
Eau Claire based Arms Aloft will also be opening. Now, I’ve seen this band well over two dozen times but they never get old. Much like Direct Hit! and the rest of the amazing bands on the line-up, Arms Aloft will definitely have the entire club moving around with smiles on their faces.
Still not convinced this show is for you? Let’s add Decent Criminals into the mix. With similarities to early Green Day and the slickest, sickest, waxiest, guitar riffs you could ever imagine paddling out and catching the gnarliest of waves to, Decent Criminal’s Bloom consists of solid catchy punk rock energy while blending a surf rock/power pop undertone throughout the album’s entirety. This Santa Rosa four piece does a radical job at holding close to the 90s punk rock roots. Each song holds no surprise with it’s basic structure, making it that much easier to lay back, rock out, and let the music take you for a ride.
Local band Drones will be kicking off the show in style with their unique brand of pop-punk music. Make sure you get there early to catch one of my favorite local bands out there right now.
Tickets are still available here but don’t wait. I have it on good authority that this show is slated to sell out.