The Hook & Ladder Theater is very proud to present a special evening with the return of Patrick’s Cabaret to 3010 Minnehaha Ave! This special performance event is celebrating the 70th birthday of ‘the fairy-godmother’!
This show will feature cabaret-styled performances by some artists near and dear to her, including; The Fireroast Mountain Boys, Isabella Ebbighausen and Quinn Kaufman,
Dakota Dave Hull,
Mary Moore Easter and
For this cabaret, to honor her turning 70, the Fireroast Mountain Boys will present a sample of their original tunes, jazz/rock/folk standards and/or whatever the birthday girl wants. The Fireroast Mountain Boys are Tim Gustafson, Dick Danaher, David West, Steve Sandberg and Don Browne. They are a band of Minneapolis Southsiders, known for their unique instrumentation, eclectic songwriting and variety of covers.
Isabella Ebbighausen and Quinn Kaufman originally met during a contortion class at Xelias Aerial Arts School. Through their shared love of circus, visual arts, and (strangely) advanced mathematics, contortion and acrobatics, they will show some of the many ways that the art of circus can manifest.
Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to Downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.
A gifted composer as well as a strikingly original interpreter of older tunes, Dave calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Folk legend Van Ronk called Dave “one of the best guitarists in the world.”
Mary Moore Easter reading poems and other writings. Mary is a writer, dancer, choreographer, teacher, mother, grandmother…. Appearing in this cabaret as a poet, Mary danced a long time and still does a bit. She established the dance program at Carleton College, where there is now a dance studio named after her. Her collection, The Body of the World, was a Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry 2019. She also performed at Patrick’s Cabaret way back in the early days! She’s a recipient of a 2020 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for Free Papers: poems, a chapbook, (soon-to-be-performance) sprung from the testimony of Eliza Winston, an enslaved woman who escaped to freedom in Minnesota in 1860 Free Papers has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.
Most recently, her poetry was featured in a concert, From the Flutes of Our Bones, an evening of eight premieres by MNSong Composers, performed by eight MN Duos, highlighting her poetry.
Recognizing that the fairy godmother has generally found modern dance to be inscrutable, Patrick Scully will present Remy Charlip’s Ten Imaginary Dances. He will also be the Master of ceremonies for this special home-coming evening.
Patrick Scully is a Minneapolis based choreographer/dancer and performance artist. He began dancing in 1972 as a college freshman. In 1976 he co-founded Contactworks, a Minneapolis based dance collective focused on contact improvisation. In 1980 he left Contactworks in search of a way to bring his voice as a gay man into the work he was creating. This eventually led him to Remy Charlip’s Naropa East workshop in 1984, Meetings with Remarkable Women. That led him to dance with Remy, beginning with Remy’s Ten Men show in BAM’s Next Wave Festival in 1984. In his heart, and daily life, Patrick is still dancing with Remy. Patrick’s most current project is Leaves of Grass – Illuminated, about Walt Whitman. In addition to his performing work, Patrick was the founder and long time director of Patrick’s Cabaret, in Minneapolis.