Options for ringing in the New Year here in the Twin Cities include a celebration at the St. Paul Radisson Riverfront Hotel with music by Iffy and Soul Asylum. Hmmm... Could be interesting. How much is it?
$50 in advance. $70 at the door.
Are you frickin' serious?
Oh wait it does include "party favors" and a midnight countdown. This is opposed to all those New Years celebrations where people stand around solemnly observing the coming of the New Year and countdowns are banned. "You there! Stop that counting down at once!"
Shelling out fifty bones to see Soul Asylum does seems a bit ridiculous since they seem to be competing with the always available GB Leighton and Martin Zellar
to fill the role of most ubiquitous Twin Cities band in the grand tradition of The Hoopsnakes who for a time in the 90's were nearly impossible to avoid at festivals, street dances, tent parties, corporate events, bar mitzvahs, retirement parties, proms, children's birthday parties, etc. I swear that they were at my neighbor's house playing a gig when he returned from the hospital after gall bladder surgery. In a takeoff from the religious hymn their motto could have been:
"Wherever two or three are gathered in my name we will be with you the Hoopsnakes proclaimed."
Now you can hardly throw a rock around here without hitting David Pirner (not a bad idea at all really) while he's jumping around playing some get out the Walter Mondale vote, anti-war with Iraq rally, protest against homelessness, march in favor of puppies and sunshine, or other show. He's anywhere and everywhere. And he's usually free.