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Band Business #1: What Are You, Anyway?

Posted by on May 1, 2013

Hmmm – I haven’t written a “hypothetical” for a while, but here goes . . . [1] Crabgrass, a bluegrass band, landed a well-paying gig to play at a fancy wedding. The band drove to the gig in the band’s customized cargo van. Al, the bass player, found the van in a selvage yard, added a few bench seats, and got it running. Billy, the mandolin player, had invested in Apple in 2003 (post-iPod and the...

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Blame it on the Banjo(s): A Brief History of the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor©*

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013

  Banjo #1: It was June, 1979, and Marv and Dawn Menzel were enjoying “such a nice life.” Marv and a partner had a small manufacturing business, and Dawn was holding down the home front and taking care of their three children. Marv saw a newspaper ad announcing an intensive eight-week class for 5-string banjos. Eight weeks later, Marv was spending most of his free time in the basement...

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Aster Café: Saturday Bluegrass Brunch

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013

The Twin Cities will have a new bluegrass venue starting this month, when the Aster Café opens its series of Saturday Bluegrass Brunches. The Aster has been a St. Anthony Main institution for the past 20 years, but four years ago gained new owners with a vision of providing the best in local food and music. They have turned this vision into a reality. Expect great food in a cozy atmosphere. Chef...

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