12pm Rogue Valley
2pm Tiny Deaths
3pm Frankie Teardrop
4pm Pink Mink
5pm Dillinger Four
6pm The Blind Shake
7pm Retribution Gospel Choir
8pm Sims & Mike Mictlan
9pm Har Mar Superstar
Har Mar Superstar
Last Saturday was the Pizza Lucé Block Party. It was a full day of great pizza, cold beer, good friends, and amazing music... everything that makes me fall in love with this city more and more day after day.
You could not beat the line-up. There was everything from Doomtree rappers Sims and Mike Mictlan to, the local punk heroes, Dillinger Four. There was something there for everyone.
I went to McNally Smith College of Music up here in the Twin Cities. It is a small music school that employees some of the most experienced people in the music industry. I looked up on stage right when we got there and playing drums was my booking and promotions teacher. In between bands was my hip hop history teacher curating that whole festival. How awesome is that? I feel like that is something that only happens up here. The teachers I had really are in the industry. I have yesterday to prove that.
The crowd was a mixed bag of old and young. Regardless of age, everyone was a having a great time just enjoying the music and the beautiful Minneapolis summer day. There was a handful of people who seemed to be there for just one of the musical acts but over all, it seemed like people wanted to see it all.
Sims was the highlight of the day for me. Sims is a member of Doomtree, that rap collective I always talk about. He is by far, one of my favorite members of the group. I love his lyrics and his energy and, come on, he's super cute! Cute enough for me to apparently tweet at him, "Marry me?" Yes, I was a little bit drunk by beer number 7. The fact that he actually replied to my drunk tweet is yet another reason I love him. Here he is, Sims, a world famous rapper who just got back from an European tour. Sims, a Minneapolis native that has gone further than that rapper from your hometown. Sims replied to my tweet saying he is taken but I could be his "safety." Yeah, that all sounds dumb, and I was pretty drunk but the fact that he tweeted me back.. that's what the Minneapolis music scene is all about.... musicians are in the community, they still talk to their fans in their hometown no matter how big and successful they get.
All of the other bands were great. My slice of Athena pizza from Lucé (Minneapolis) tasted absolutely amazing. The cold Summit (Saint Paul) beer kept me cool and drunk throughout the day. Everything about yesterday screamed local and that's what I loved.
Minneapolis is a beautiful city. I wear my Minnesota tattoo proudly because of days like yesterday.
Sims & Mike Mictlan at Pizza Lucé, Minneapolis (08 Aug 2015)