The twin cities

Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Well, i've been in Minneapolis for about 3 days now, sorry i haven't updated yet. So several interesting things have happened so far. The first night i was here i went to a place called Dakota Jazz Club, that was a good show, but nothing really happened, although the walk home was littered with loonies.

I guess things start to get interesting on the second day. There is a massive church of scientology in the heart of downtown minneapolis, and for some reason i got the urge to infiltrate the church and see what was really going on in there. So i took my trusty tape recorder walked down to the church, snapped it on record , put it in my bag, and went in. I walk up to the very odd looking man at the front desk who looked and acted like Milton Waddams from office space, and i tell him what i'm doing (backpacking across the country and all) and tell him that i had heard alot of anti-sentiment towards scientology and i wanted to get thier side of the story. So, i sits me down in a chair and puts on a video for me, which tells me nothing. It talks about all the programs scientology has for the worlds problems and how it's doing something about everything, then it's a biography of L. Ron Hubbard (who is quite an amazing person, but crazy if he started scientology). So about halfway through this video i got bored and left, because i was late for the show i was going to that night anyway. I was kind of hoping that it'd turn out more eventful than what it did.

So the show i went to that night was at Rossi's Jazzbar, it was a cool little place and the group was pretty good. And i was sitting right next to the bar so when the group did a break inbetween sets i got to talk to all of them. I had made some requests so the vocalist asked me how i knew so much good music, and the conversation kind of progressed from there. Anyway, this led to that, and they invited me to play a set with them the next night, which was pretty incredible, because not till the end of the evening did i find out that the vocalist is Dick Oates's sister (sax professor at Manhattan School of Music).

The next day i went to St Paul to visit the Minnesota Science Museum which was definatly pretty cool, and i got to see some of the amazing churches they have over there. St Paul is definatly a pretty cool place. In anycase, later that night i headed back over to rossi's for the begining of the night because i said i'd sit in with them. So, that was pretty incredible, i got to play a set with dick oates's sister, and since i played in the band i didn't have to pay for my cover for drink =).

So after i played the set with them on the second night at that club, i went over to the Artist Quarter to see Dave Karr. For those of you who don't know him, he is a living legend pushing 80 no i suppose. But when they had a break for the set, Tanner (the previously mentioned piano player) came over and we talked a bit, so he says "well hey come over here and let me introduce you to dave". So i go over and talk to Dave Karr at the bar for a while, well not as much talked to him as said 2 words then kind of listened in awe to anything he had to say. But he is a great guy, then after that they played 2 more great sets.

So after the gig i went to say goodbye to Tanner and Dave and they insisted that i come in the back room and chat for a while, so i did. This was pretty incredible in itself because i got to listen to Dave's stories about all the people he'd played with. Oh and i forgot to mention Gary Berg was sitting next to Dave Karr. So i'm just kind of hunched over in the corner listening in awe, so when everyone finishes thier smokes and thier drinks it's time to go and i'm shaking hands and tanner says to me "hey man, you got a cell phone on ya? why dont you take down my number, that way if you ever come back in town we can hook up, and you've got a place to stay." So like a bumbling idiot i got my phone out and took down the number. So next what happens but Dave Karr says "yea man take mine too, if you ever get back to the twin cities call me and you can come sit in on a set". So, once again like a bumbling idiot i took my phone on and took Dave Karr's number down.

My god what a night.

Leaving for Itasca (where the mississippi river starts) here in 10 minutes. Will update some pictures for this blog later. Although there really aren't that many.
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