The twin cities
Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
35Trip End Aug 16, 2006
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I guess things start to get interesting on the second day. There is a massive church of scientology in the heart of downtown minneapolis, and for some reason i got the urge to infiltrate the church and see what was really going on in there. So i took my trusty tape recorder walked down to the church, snapped it on record , put it in my bag, and went in. I walk up to the very odd looking man at the front desk who looked and acted like Milton Waddams from office space, and i tell him what i'm doing (backpacking across the country and all) and tell him that i had heard alot of anti-sentiment towards scientology and i wanted to get thier side of the story
So the show i went to that night was at Rossi's Jazzbar, it was a cool little place and the group was pretty good. And i was sitting right next to the bar so when the group did a break inbetween sets i got to talk to all of them. I had made some requests so the vocalist asked me how i knew so much good music, and the conversation kind of progressed from there. Anyway, this led to that, and they invited me to play a set with them the next night, which was pretty incredible, because not till the end of the evening did i find out that the vocalist is Dick Oates's sister (sax professor at Manhattan School of Music).
The next day i went to St Paul to visit the Minnesota Science Museum which was definatly pretty cool, and i got to see some of the amazing churches they have over there
So after i played the set with them on the second night at that club, i went over to the Artist Quarter to see Dave Karr. For those of you who don't know him, he is a living legend pushing 80 no i suppose. But when they had a break for the set, Tanner (the previously mentioned piano player) came over and we talked a bit, so he says "well hey come over here and let me introduce you to dave". So i go over and talk to Dave Karr at the bar for a while, well not as much talked to him as said 2 words then kind of listened in awe to anything he had to say. But he is a great guy, then after that they played 2 more great sets.
So after the gig i went to say goodbye to Tanner and Dave and they insisted that i come in the back room and chat for a while, so i did. This was pretty incredible in itself because i got to listen to Dave's stories about all the people he'd played with. Oh and i forgot to mention Gary Berg was sitting next to Dave Karr
My god what a night.
Leaving for Itasca (where the mississippi river starts) here in 10 minutes. Will update some pictures for this blog later. Although there really aren't that many.