Doomtree Tour Dates
09/09/16 Dubh Linn Irish Pub Duluth, MN
09/10/16 Sanctuary Events Center Fargo, ND
09/17/16 Middle Waves 2016 Fort Wayne, IN
P.O.S. Tour Dates
08/24/16 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
09/24/16 Downtown Long Beach Long Beach, CA
09/24/16 Music Tastes Good Festival!
Dessa Tour Dates
08/25/16 Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ
09/03/16 Red Herring Lounge Duluth, MN
09/09/16 O'Shaughnessy, St. Paul, MN
04/15/17 Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, MN
The event was part of the celebration of the formal announcement so many local sports fans had waited for as the Minnesota United FC soccer team, was moving from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to the much larger Major League Soccer.
A $200+ million-dollar soccer-specific stadium that seats 21,500 in St Paul is due to break ground to be ready in 2018, with the team playing at TCF Bank Stadium until their building is ready. After speeches by team owner Bill McGuire, Mayor Chris Coleman, and others, the music was set to begin.
DJ Shannon Blowtorch spun the tunes in-between, playfully crafting a mash-up of Milli Vanelli’s ‘Blame it on the Rain’ and Eurythmics’ ‘Here Comes the Rain Again’ as the rain continued to come down and Doomtree members Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, and Lazerbeak took to the stage.
The collective was missing a few members due to other commitments, but the faithful were still there to support as the quartet broke into opener ‘No Way’ and beginning lyric, “We got cracks in our armor, got cracks in the ceiling” as the rain worsened, saying “It’s always raining when we’re playing outside”.
“I’m gonna do one song in the rain” Sims declared after getting security to remove all the stage barriers, jumping into the middle of the soaked crowd for the rapid-fire lyrical spitting of his ‘Uh Huh’. Cecil Otter took the spotlight next with ‘Grime’ and its dark but memorable lyric, “We’re lying in a minefield of dreams. We count those sheep as they scream”.
Sims returned with ‘Slow Burn’ as he and Mike Mictlan stalked the stage as the rain continued and had now somewhat dangerously collected on the roof of the stage, causing the tented ceiling in two areas, to severely buckle.
Stage crew noticed this and frantically used the bottom end of music stands and anything else they could find, to literally try and raise the roof to push the water off, all as the band continued. “Have you ever seen a breach birth before? – it’s about to happen”, they said, looking at the swelling ceiling.
After a searing ‘Prizefight’, the set ended and their promise of “we’ll see you again- hopefully” came true sooner than later, as the scheduled second set was cancelled (as was Astronautalis’ performance) but the collective quickly returned to the stage for a single-song encore of ‘Bangarang’, as people shook off the drenching rain by head bobbing or moving and dancing to the song.
Though rain in some superstitions is considered a sign of good luck to come- a symbol of new starts, unity and renewal, which fans hope it translates to a successful soccer team and season; luck wasn’t on the side of music fans on this day, just hoping for a longer and additional set from Doomtree.
Doomtree at CHS Field, St. Paul (19 August 2016)