Location: 755 Prior Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Thursday, September 14th // 9PM-11PM
The good people from Can Can Wonderland will be throwing their weekly “Yes We Can Can” variety show next Thursday. The event is being billed as “a wild ride along the rocky edge of art and entertainment! 6-8 curiosity-piquing acts each night, woven together through music and song.” This night will feature performances from Kalliah and the Black Water and local celebrity host MC Foxy Tann, the Boss of Burlesque. These are FREE to those who are 21 and older, click the link below for more information.
Location: 755 Prior Avenue N, Suite 004, St. Paul When: Saturday, September 30th @ 8PM
For all of the amazing things that Can Can Wonderland is known for, many people overlook the establishment’s capacity as a music venue. Chance York & Big Cats! will be live at Can Can this Saturday with a lineup that looks very promising. The event will also feature performances from Student 1, Talia Knight, and Farr Well, rounding out what should be a fun night. This show is FREE, but 21+ after 9pm; click the link below for more info.
Location: 16180 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie Hours: 11AM-10PM Daily
When it comes to acclaimed burger joints in Minnesota, the Twin Cities metro usually garners most of the mentions, but a little known spot in Eden Prairie is a MUST stop for burger lovers. The restaurant known as The Lions Tap is situated along the Minnesota river in an area that can only be described as rural (not suburban). Their claim to fame is perfectly made medium rare patties with precision, no frills, no bullshit, no “jams” or “aiolis,” just good ass burgers. Their menu only extends to five burgers and 1 side, crinkle cut fries that always come out perfect, just like the burgers. One of the few mom & pop shops to beat McDonalds in court (undisclosed settlement), it’s no longer about funds, it’s all about the love at the Lions Tap. Although technically a brewery, this is a family establishment, so be mindful of dinner rushes and weekends to avoid crowds. If you have the time, I highly recommend you take a trip to the southwest ‘burbs to enjoy this gem, click the link below for more information.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis When: Friday, September 29th @ 10PM
The silent dance party has become more and more popular throughout the U.S., but we’ve yet to hear of one going down at a notable location in the Twin Cities. DJ Keezy plans to change that this Friday with “SHHH: Silent Dance Party” at the Nomad. For those who are unfamiliar, silent dance parties usually feature 2 DJs playing at the same time while everyone wears headphones to listen in. The headphones usually have a switch which allows the listeners to flip between the 2 DJs. This event has a STACKED lineup of DJs including Sophia Eris, Tiiiiiiiiiip, Keith Millions, and Sarah White. This one is 21+ to enter and the door is only $10, if you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, look no further.
Located in downtown St. Paul, Mickey’s Diner is quite possibly Minnesota’s most iconic diner. The classic box car was originally designed in New Jersey then transported to Minnesota in 1939. Known for their pancakes and breakfast plates, this is a place where a slim wallet can take you far. Milk shakes and malts are a must with any burger, everything is cooked to order so you’ll know it’s fresh when it hits the table. If it’s hockey season beware, things can get crowded quick, Mickey’s is a very small diner so make the trip during off hours. Click the link below for their official website.
The A$AP Mob is currently riding the wave off the Cozy Tapes: Vol.2, while they continue their international “Too Cozy” tour. The 17 track project is a kaleidoscope of fresh production and features from a few industry giants like Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Frank Ocean, and Quavo. Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 feels like a mixtape which in this day and age is actually a good thing, the record has a looseness about it that suggests that there is much more to come. A$AP Rocky obviously serves as the ring leader, but Ferg, Twelvyy, Na$t, and Playboi Carti all show off notable verses. As the A$AP Mob grows into a formidable label of cohorts it will be interesting to see how they manage all of these individual identities. Check out Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 below via iTunes and make sure to click the link below for tickets to their Minneapolis tour stop.
Location: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul When: Thursday, September 21st @ 8PM
St. Paul’s own Corbin (F.K.A Spooky Black) will make his hometown tour stop next Thursday. It’s hard to believe that the kid has experienced so much success and is still only 19, his latest project, Mourn, further establishes him as one of the best in his class. L.A producers and Wedidit members, Shlohmo and D33J; will accompany Corbin rounding out what should be an awesome show. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $20, click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
The CRAM boys have had a busy year, whether performing at festivals across the nation or opening for national headliners in the Twin Cities, these guys are clearly making their mark. Front man Jaylap recently released a visual for a solo track dubbed “Do Like Me.” The record’s wavy production mixes perfectly with Jaylap’s infectious chorus, while the visuals provide a nice compliment. Say what you want, it’s obvious that Jaylap and the CRAM guys are doing something right. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from CRAM.
The kid Lubi has been quiet as of late. Calculated and precise, Lubi has taken his opportunities in stride showing out at GO95’s “Shut Up & Rap” showcase, while working on music behind the scenes. His latest offering strays away from his usual methods in a great way, it’s obvious that he is versatile, but it’s also obvious that he is feeling out exactly where his “sound” might transcend. Accompanied by Drey Nasty, the record has a radio feel, not to mention the flex production credit from Chicago’s own Martin $ky. Two artist that you NEED to keep on your radar, check out “Fear” above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Lubi and Drey Nasty.
Minneapolis isn’t very well known for it’s Jamaican cuisine, but a little food court stall from the Burnsville Mall has began making big waves in south Minneapolis. On a summer day you can’t miss Pimento, reggae can be heard blasting from the open store front from at least half a block away. Within that block you’ll no doubt smell the chicken & pork that’s been catching people’s attention. Formerly neighbors, Tomme Beevas linked his home recipes with Yoni Reinharz’ business savvy and a restaurant was born. After winning the Food Network’s, Food Court Wars and spending a few years in Burnville, the duo decided to open a new location in Minneapolis. The food indeed lives up to the hype. Succulent jerk rubbed chicken falls off the bone onto a bed of rice, plantains, beans and Jamaican slaw. They also offer some damn good pork and oxtails for those looking to get that truly authentic feel. The staff is helpful and the menu can be navigated with ease by just about anyone. Food for 2 will run you about $20, not bad for a fairly balanced meal with a home cooked feel; on Wednesdays they offer a solid 6 wings for $5 deal. If you live in the vicinity of 26th street & Nicollet, GET FAMILIAR! Otherwise it’s well worth the trip, click the link below for more information.