One of the groups performing at our block party for the first time is already familiar to everyone here at the record store. The Blind Shake, who debuted a new drummer here at Hymie’s this last November (there’s video by Tony Nelson courtest of Rift Magazine here), also chose our shop to feature their “Live at Third Man Records” release last months. We’ve always told folks the Blind Shake is the best live band in the Twin Cities, so we’ve invited them to perform at the block party for several years. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts always came up, until finally this year!
As always, they’ve been the busiest band in the Twin Cities, with the two original members released solo records earlier this year, which we featured in February here and here. One of these solo projects has spun off into a full band of its own, Blaha, which just returned from a European tour.
We think that last year’s Blind Shake album, Celebrate Your Worth, was their best yet, and that it was the best local record of 2016.
The complete list of performers at our seventh annual block party for Record Store Day is here.