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Clapperclaw Festival Debuts in Minneapolis

9 Nov

Following in the footsteps of festivals like SXSW and Pitchfork, Minneapolitans Matt Perkins, Carl Atiya Swanson, Jeremey Catterton, Dom Davis and Jacob Mullins, along with many other spirited souls, decided this amazing city of music and art needed a helping hand. Hence the emergence this weekend of the First Annual Clapperclaw Festival.

The festival encompasses all the things I love about Minneapolis. Art, fashion, drama, and of course, music. The schedule is impressive for a start-up festival and includes more than just locals. Headlights, a band I’ve been repeatedly impressed with (most recently passing through Minneapolis with the awesome Page France), is from a ‘burb in Illinois. Brighton, MA and Lacona are from Chicago,IL, Dearling Physique is coming to brave the recent blast of cold from Phoenix,AZ, and Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & the Pons, along with Pale Young Gentlemen, hail from my nemesis city of Madison, WI (really, any city in WI is my nemesis after living there for a year).

Saturday features a dramatic edge, with “The Ongoing Saga of Clapperclaw” presented by Lambs Lays with Lion Company. You’ll recognize quite a few faces from the successful run of local band Fort Wilson Riot’s rock opera Idigaragua. Also on Friday and Saturday you can check out fashion shows by amazing local designers, including Jenny Olson of Pomije (, who you probably saw at this year’s Voltage show at First Avenue. This, along with a bout of crazy art (photography, sketches and more), means that the boys really covered their bases when putting this thing together.

The best news is that tickets are reasonably cheap, with a 2-day pass retailing for only $20.

The Schedule:
Friday, November 9th (21+)
at The Sound Gallery – 414 Third Ave. N.

7-7:50 – SMAK 10,000
8-8:50 – Talk Radio
9-9:50 – Jonathan Ackerman
10-10:30 – The Guystorm
10:50-11:40 – Headlights (Champaign, IL)
12am-12:45am – Mystery Palace
1am-2am – Soviet Panda

Saturday, November 10th (18+)
at The Bedlam Theatre – 1501 S. 6th St. (west bank)

1:00 – 1:45 – We Became Actors
2:05 – 2:50 – Brothers Quetico
2:55 – 3:05 – Part I: The On Going Saga of Clapperclaw
3:10 – 3:40 – Dearling Physique (Phoenix, AZ)
4:00 – 4:40 – Kill The Vultures
5:00 – 5:45 – Pale Young Gentlemen (Madison, WI)
5:50 – 6:00 – Part II: The On Going Saga of Clapperclaw
6:05 – 6:50 – Spaghetti Western String Co.
7:10 – 7:55 – Mean Beap and Robot Skeleton
8:15 – 9:00 – Lacona (Chicago, IL)
9:20 – 10:05 – Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & The Pons (Madison, WI)
10:10 – 10:20 – Part III: The On Going Saga of Clapperclaw
10:25 – 10:55 – Estate
11:15 – 12:00am – Brighton, MA (Chicago, IL)
12:20am – 1:05am – Fort Wilson Riot

For more information:

Clapperclaw’s Official Website

Download mp3s:
An Imagined Civil State – Fort Wilson Riot
TV – Headlights
The Cowboy Song – Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & The Pons
Merton’s Woods – Spaghetti Western String Company

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