While Making Your Weekend Plans – And Voting Plans

It’s been a while – but my band, “Elephant in the Room”, is back in business.

After a year where we had precisely two, somewhat surreptitious gigs, we’re back in an actual bar, for the first time since February 29, 2020.

After a couple years of playing in the far northwest and far eastern suburbs, onSaturday night, we will be going north, playing at the Back To The SRO Bar and Grill in Oak Grove. It’s about 10 miles north of Anoka:

I’m not sure what the Covid rules are, other than the fact that we are playing from six until 10 rather than our usual nine until one – which isn’t entirely unwelcome.

Anyway – I’ve been there before, the food is pretty good, and the food and beverage prices have that “edge of the metro“ not-so-priciness about them.

By the way – enjoy live music while you can. Because while on the one hand states are slowly reopening, the Biden administration is doing its best to destroy the “gig“ economy. And there is literally nothing giggier than playing in a bar band.

19 thoughts on “While Making Your Weekend Plans – And Voting Plans

  1. Face it, if you’re not on the payroll of a large corporation you are a subversive, an enemy of the state.

  2. So even though Elephant in the Room does “classic rock” from the ’50s through the ’90s, we’ll still be iconoclastic punks!

  3. Know that bar well. I used to live within walking distance from it back in the 90’s. Played baseball there.

    But why is it “back to” the SRO? Did it close at some time?

  4. Dr. Strunk,

    I first encountered the place watching “Bar Rescue” – it was one of the bars that kicked the show out. I’ve also done a couple of political fundraisers up there.

    This article explains everything but the name change. Todd and Elise are the people we worked with to get the gig, so apparently it’s the same management

  5. Wow. That article makes it sound like the kind of outfit PotAto HeAD would run.

    It was a dump when I knew it; they had a separate bar downstairs for awhile that was supposed to be for “raves”.

    Let us know if you play behind chicken wire!

  6. Mitch I’m in a garage band, it would be fun to see your set list. Maybe you can post it Monday.

  7. Kinlaw,

    Possible set list for this weekend:

    Lawyers Guns and Money
    Take it Easy
    Blue Suede Shoes
    Hold My Hand
    Runaway Train
    Sister Golden Hair
    Mustang Sally
    American Girl
    Soul Man
    Move It On Over
    What You Need
    Free Falling
    In God’s Country
    Wicked Game

    Let’s Go
    The One I Love
    Fortunate Son
    You Reallly Got Me
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Gimme Some Lovin’
    Mony Mony
    Honky Tonk Women
    Burnin’ Love
    Let’s Dance
    Keep Your Hands To Yourself
    Twist and Shout
    Good Lovin’
    Authority Song
    Hard to Handle
    Hollywood Nights

    More Than A Feeling
    Walk This Way
    Cadillac Ranch
    Take The Money And Run
    Crazy Train
    American Band
    You Shook Me…
    Rock and Roll
    Comfortably Numb
    Hotel California

  8. Needs more Second Amendment songs.

    Jenny’s Got a Gun
    Pistol Packin’ Mama
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    I Shot the Sheriff

  9. I’ve been in this place many times. It’s a “biker” joint only in the sense that they welcome bike riders of all stripes, the ones that hang around are pretty much good folks. It’s really not a patch holder hang out, more of locals gathering spot. Nearest watering hole is about 10 miles away. Outside chance that I may travel down to catch a set. Mitch, please follow up on how the gig went.

  10. the ones that hang around are pretty much good folks. It’s really not a patch holder hang out

    Scott, you suggesting patch holders are not pretty much good folks? Asking for a friend.

  11. You sure about that being a biker bar, because I thought that Whiskey Junction and every Cowboy Jack’s in town, owned that distinction.

  12. Y’know, to stand out from the crowd, all bar-bands need to brand themselves properly. “The Elephant in the Room” is too long. May I suggest “The Leathern Breachclouts”? Also, to avoid looking like a bunch of boomers trying to recapture their youth, you need a more edgy, outlaw look. Maybe you could all wear eye patches? Like you’d all been in terrible street fights and lost an eye at some point. But don’t all of you wear the patches over the same eye, that would look fake because it’s too much of a coincidence. But no one should wear two eye patches. That just looks dumb.
    A cow horn head dress might seal the deal when appealing to Trumpies.
    This advice is free, until you sign your first million dollar contract. Then I charge real money if you want to get to the next level.
    Let’s help each other get rich!

  13. Maybe you should add Richard Hell’s “The Kid With the Replaceable Head” to your play list, just to see some damaged, 60 year old punk wander onto the dance floor and slam dance all by himself?
    The advice that I am giving you is solid gold, MBerg.
    I am talking LA street hood money.
    You looking for an agent who understands today’s youths?

  14. If it is warm this weekend, I intend to ride the Cushman down to Stillwater and give stink eye to some colored people.
    Okay I’ll stop now.

  15. Dr. Pete: “Scott, you suggesting patch holders are not pretty much good folks? Asking for a friend”

    Dr. Pete: Not suggesting anything of the sort.

  16. Nice set list Mitch, looks like a lot of fun. We have a few songs in common set list wise.

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