We feel very badly for all the musicians we have booked and for the music scene in general, as we have already heard of another band who just lost their regular weekly gig due to "the owner's decision to have no more live music" at the cafe where they were playing. We suspect the owner received the same letter from the city.
Minneapolis is obviously looking for more revenue and they want to get it from the little guys. We just can't do it. It does not seem to matter to the city that the musicians are unpaid, jamming, or that we never charge admission or a cover. It is just another law that was passed by greedy bureaucrats and is being enforced without intelligence.
If our situation changes, we will let everyone know. Until then, Tillie's Bean will go to "winter hours" and begin closing at 7 pm Monday through Saturday, 3 pm on Sunday.
Until then, best of luck with your music. And thank you for all the pleasure your music has provided for us here at Tillie’s Bean.
So, no more Minneapolis shows for now, and I really wanted to do that show on my birthday ... damn.