BECCA MARX: July 23rd Hoot Preview — I’m shaking my head mirthfully while I write this preview because of the fact that one of the Hoot talents lined up for this Thursday was invisible on the worldwide web. I contacted Hoot boss Jim Walsh to inquire if he was testing me, and he replied, “Ha! He’s…I met …” What? Walsh promised that he’d fill me in later…in actuality there are a few question marks that I have in regards to the players this week. So, pull on your boots, and wade into the unknown with me! Read more…

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BECCA MARX: Hoot Review from Harriet Brewing, July 16, 2015 — Even before the Hoot happened on Thursday night at Harriet Brewing, I had an idea that it’d be a memorable one. Hoot patriarch Jim Walsh had written a piece about his affection for Hoot veteran Jeaneen Gauthier (Jan), and it occurred to me once more that Walsh doesn’t randomly pick these players. This particular line-up was one that I wasn’t familiar with, but as Walsh himself said, there was a “wealth of talent” onstage, a fact strikingly evident as all the players collaborated on Walsh’s own beauty of a song, “Homebodies (Don’t Be Careful With Your Love).” Read more…

BECCA MARX: July 9th Hoot Preview — It’s really about the love of music; live music is the spark to my flame. Over the years I’ve experienced another emotion when it comes to music: frustration. It goes like this…”Have you seen (insert local artist name here)?” Eighty percent of the time I get a blank stare in reply, and someone starts talking about how Madonna kissed some guy onstage somewhere…Old news people! She’ll kiss a toad if it keeps her in front of your face. Take offense if you want, but you know that it’s true. Read more…

BECCA MARX: July 2nd Hoot Preview — July 4th, 1776, a date ingrained into our brains as Independence Day, but what does independence mean to you? The freedom to vote, to marry whom you want, to have access to contraceptives, to live in a desegregated society, to not be enslaved? That’s the rub isn’t it? No two individuals value independence as the same exact thing. Read more…

BECCA MARX: Hoot Review from Harriet Brewing, June 18, 2015 — In Minneapolis, summer is the season of abundance, and like beasts awakening from hibernation, we must climb out into the sunlight and use it up! Pick the berries, drink in the lilac’s rich scent, and open our arms wide to one another. That last part isn’t always easy for native Minnesotans, but this time of year brings out the best in us. Read more…

JIM WALSH’S THE MAD RIPPLE HOOTENANNY THIS WEEK: “A Song With No End”— Dear Good People: Last Thursday after gorging on a delicious feast of a Hoot at Harriet with Tommy Mischke, James Loney, Jennifer Markey, Dan Israel, Jeff Schuller, Mayda Slice, Terry Walsh, and a cast of dozens, I found myself in the back alley taking in the final gasps of a glorious sunset over downtown Minneapolis with Miss Becky Kapell and a few others. Read more…

BECCA MARX: June 4th Hoot Preview — June has arrived, and each day brings more light as we reach towards the summer solstice. Soak in every sunbeam, sound and moment possible, and join us as we celebrate living in the light.  Read more…

BECCA MARX: Hoot Report from Harriet Brewing, May 28, 2015 — People say there’s a magical quality about the Mad Ripple Hootenanny. If I had to choose one word to express the essence of the Hoot, it’d be: SPONTANEITY. I often find myself giving the venue a quick 360 degrees, and I’ve never been disappointed in my observations. Read more…

BECCA MARX: May 28th Hoot Preview — May is slipping through our fingers and in honor of the last Hoot in May, I have written a poem: “May you always showeth up, May the food trucks always be arrived, May the beer always floweth, May the glasses always be risen, May the stories always holdeth you, May the music always playeth, May you cometh again to Hoot in June…” Read more…

BECCA MARX: Hoot Report from Harriet Brewing, May 21, 2015 — Memorial Day is a time to reminisce about the old days and hold dear the memories of loved ones. The Mad Ripple Hootenanny last night relived old times, but created new memories to cherish, as well. Read more…