Location: 1429 Washington Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Saturday, February 3rd @ 9PM
Super Bowl week is upon us and by now it’s apparent that most of the festivities will be closed off to the average Minnesotan. Have no fear, the homies from Gold Culture have us all covered with a pre-party at Bullwinkle’s in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood. The event will feature DJ Low and Rowsheen on the 1s & 2s, as well as a plethora of special guests who will drop in throughout the night. This one is 21+ and the door is FREE from 9-10pm ($3 from 10pm-4am, click the link below for more info.
Location: 500 E Lake Street, Minneapolis Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-Midnight
Located in Minneapolis’ Phillips West neighborhood, A&Js is far from new to any southsider with a craving for fried chicken. As a loyal customer I may be biased, but I’ve grown to appreciate this place for it’s consistency. They offer the gamut of “southern cooking” including fried chicken, tilapia, catfish, collard greens, mac & cheese, perch, and even fried okra. This isn’t your crowd funded, yuppie hangout where “world class” chefs find their roots, it’s simply good ass street food that fills a much needed greasy void in our new, ritzy surroundings. You wont be paying $9 for 4 wings here, and you wont have 8 sauce selections, but you can rest assured that your wings will be good! Their menu is expansive and they have a surprisingly large delivery range, your best bet is the wings or the catfish, but there are definitely a few hidden gems. Phillips West & East are often overlooked, but A&J’s is worth a visit for anyone in the area looking for a quick bite. Click the link below for a peek at their menu.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 12th @ 8PM
It’s almost that time again, Sean Anonymous will be holding his now infamous, annual birthday bash at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry this weekend. Sean will headline the evening, but the show will also feature performances from Why Khaliq, Cashinova, Lizea Harper, and Alan Fashbaugh (comedy set). Sophia Eris holds down the 1s & 2s, Metasota will take care of the hosting duties, and we can almost guarantee you’ll see a few special guests throughout the night. This one is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $8 ($12 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
Location: 917 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 12th @ 8PM
The Free Minds crew has hit the ground running in 2018 with a headlining show from their lead artist, GainesFM, and now they’ll be bringing Xavier Wulf to The Cabooze. A favorite in the Twin Cities, Xavier Wulf’s Hollow Squad has continued to gain popularity among the youth. The Memphis born artist will be joined by Lil Tracy, Pollari, IDKJeffery, Student 1, and Devon Reason; lets just say there will be no shortage of high energy. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $25, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Saturday, January 13th @ 9PM
A few months back, Finding Novyon made the leap to L.A. without missing a step, the Twin Cities artist sold out his first headliner out west and continues to hone his craft. Just after the new year, he’ll make his first official return with a headlining show at the 7th St Entry; he’ll be joined by DUA, Student 1, and DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP. This is a show to mark on your calendars, the door is 18+ and tickets are currently available for $12, click the link below to buy yours now.
Indeed Brewing has always been supportive of the Twin Cities’ music scene sponsoring and even throwing a wide variety of events every year. Their upcoming event at Icehouse features an amazing lineup in Black Diet, PHO, and Ayvah. The show will serve as a reunion for Black Diet, who ruled the local festival circuit and critic’s picks lists between 2014-2015. PHO has established itself as a band that never disappoints, and Ayvah is one of the Twin Cities’ more promising up and coming artists. Anyone in attendance will enjoy heavy doses of soul, funk and R&B, from 3 great live performers. This one is 21+ and the tickets are available in advance for only $10 ($15 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now before this one sells out.
Towards the end of the month, the kids from Good Luck Finding Iris will hold the release party for their EP “Patience” at Public Functionary. The 4 member band has been under the radar to the masses, but those in the know have been clamoring for a full project. The event will feature performances from two of our personal favorites in Radio Ahlee and Shrimpnose, but will also feature Joz and Wulfchild. This one is all ages and tickets are still available for only $8. If you know like we know, you’ll cop your tickets sooner rather than later, click the link below to buy yours now.
Darren Sipity is one of Minnesota’s better pure MCs with a propensity for quick witted wordplay and slick metaphors. A few days back he sent us his new track “Shinaab Faces” which came as a pleasant surprise. Produced by Musikal, Sipity rides the laid back instrumental with heavy doses of introspection, reminiscing about times passed. A good one to kick back and roll one up to, check out “Shinaab Faces” above and stay tuned for more from Darren Sipity.
Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Wednesday, December 20th @ 8PM
Dwynell Roland and Corleone Banks are now on their 4th year giving back to kids in need during the holidays. Their Toys For Tots events at Honey have not only brought in the toys for those who are less fortunately, it’s also brought together some very solid lineups over the years. This year, the event will feature performances from Student 1, Corleone Banks, Poncho, Sake Red, and Lian; Travis Gorman will also be on hand to hold down the 1s & 2s. This one is 18+ and the door is only $8, if you bring a toy to donate you will get in FREE. Click the link below for more info.
Decent burger joints are not dime a dozen. Sure, you can grab any old burger just about anywhere, but a quality patty with quality ingredients surrounding it isn’t always the easiest find. Over the last few years, Red Cow restaurants have began to make their mark in neighborhoods across the Twin Cities, one visit and you’ll understand exactly why. At their downtown location, rustic meets trendy decor envelops the dining room, kind of awkward at first; but really easy to get passed, especially when the food arrives. The proscuitto topped Barcelona and the bacon filled 60/40 are my favorites, but the Ahi Tuna and Vegey burgers are great, healthier options. The restaurant walks a tight wire, the dining room is perfect for date night, while the not so far bar doubles as a solid back drop for a few early drinks with friends. I can only imagine this location becoming even more crowded as the North Loop and Saint Anthony Main neighborhoods continue into full scale gentrification, but you can bet they will ALL be fed well. Cost comes with quality and location, this is not your $5 corner burger joint, but I assure you that your $12 will not be spent in vain. Check one of their locations out for yourself, click the link below for more information.