JIM WALSH’S THE MAD RIPPLE HOOTENANNY THIS WEEK: “Born On Fire!” (7/29/15) — Last week at Harriet, Steve McClellan took to the microphone and reminded the drinkers, dancers, and good listeners about the good works that DEMO does, and gigs happening that night after the Hoot, including those by Katy Vernon, James Loney, and Terry Eason, who was celebrating the release of his new CD, “Terminal Leave,” at the Kitty Kat Club, and who returns to the Hoot this Thursday night at Harriet, along with Justin Law, Iris Kolodji, yours truly, and more. Read more…

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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…

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…