The Whereabouts

You can track me down if I'm playing with a band. Here's a few descriptions to help you make some choices. Check out the Southside Aces calendar or, as always, I'm very happy to talk to you or share a correspondence about my whereabouts or any other subject: email or 612-250-5719.

Vieux Carré
The basement of the Hamm Building on St. Peter Street in St. Paul housed the Artist's Quarter for many years. Nowadays it's the Dakota's relative who lives across the river. The Aces are there the last Friday of every month, something we call "The Best Friday Ever!" This jazz rathskellar has pictures of old New Orleans all over the walls, and a great version of it's namesake cocktail. The Aces feel real at home! And just to make things sweeter, we have the Big Five playing Louis Armstrong Night every third Wednesday. 

We just call it the Eagles. If you're a fan of $7 steak dinner specials and have a sense of fraternal order, the maroon building at 25th and 25th in South Minneapolis is for you. An acre of dance floor with some Aces for the dancing. Every month we feature a different musician or composer from jazz history. And your paid admission automatically enters you into a raffle! One more thing. If your sense of fraternal order requires free parking, they have more free spaces than you have cars. 

Bistro La Roux

Chef Tim makes the best Louisiana cuisine within 1100 miles, and he does it in a strip mall up in Circle Pines, Minnesota. The Southside Aces Big Four plays there a couple of Fridays a month. You have to travel a few minutes out of the city, but come on! Abita beer, jambalaya, even Poboys made with Leidenheimer's bread! And the bread pudding...Who cares about the band!

Sunday brunch on the river, 125 Main in Minneapolis. A sunny spot where, if you can tear your eyes off the spectacle of Patty and the Buttons, you can peer across the cobbled Main Street to see the rushing waters of the Mighty Mississip's Upper St. Anthony Falls, with Downtown Minneapolis behind. Dancers carve out a bit of the wood floor; families gather with the occasional child still young enough to be both fascinated and somewhat frightened by accordions; lovers hold their own counsel; solitary souls combine comestibles, jazz and a good book to find their satisfaction. The Aster not only fills your belly, but can accommodate those in search of the hair of the dog.