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A year in the making, audiences finally got to hear the results of Liquid Music’s first virtual residency that created music as a collaboration between the acclaimed renegade Berlin ensemble and MPLS + STPL’s own acclaimed post-pop band POLIÇA. The collab continues at First Avenue with a show next Wednesday that includes openers IN // VIA and Divide and Dissolve and will reach the edges of the musical van guard—and we want you there. Just reply that you’re interested in ticket for a chance to win ours! Wednesday, Feb 21st, 7 PM. $27.50.
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Regular Readers remember we’re weren’t super sad to see the original Nye’s go off into the great barroom in the sky, although the Polonaise was undeniably a local icon. We also weren’t clamoring for a reboot to open on the same block below some new development. But being in the neighborhood Saturday night we had to check out the new spot, right? How can you not? And guess what, it’s totally fine. It’s maybe even better than the old spot, as crazy as that sounds. The smaller bar is nice, the booths still fit a fun amount of people, the service was actually nice, which is a weird fit for Nye’s. The crowd, mostly 40-50 somethings, were having a blast. The quality of singing was just as “good” as the old piano lounge. There wasn’t a long line to sing, either. Drinks were better than what we remember. We can’t believe we’re saying it, but go check it out if you’re looking for a sort of fancy bar for a cocktail.
We’ve heard a lot of “rock returns to Uptown” excitement with the opening of the new stage at the recently remodeled Mortimer’s in s’Uptown at Lyndale and Franklin, likely because of the many fond memories of the longstanding Uptown Bar and Cause Sound Bar, both now defunct. (Maybe even a little post-Triple Rock closing emotion in there, too?) Regardless, we had pretty high expectations off of what we’ve been hearing and they were pretty much all met.
The front is still a dive bar but with very serious pinball and foosball players and pitchers of beer. The backroom size puts you right up next to the stage, unless you walk up a few steps to the beautiful back pub-like bar that also overlooks the music. It’s a great set-up. And the sound was great, too. When we went, there were $3 beers during the show and free parking in the Wedge Lot after 9 PM. Our rec: Go see some shows now, go see some shows there often.