Run Westy Run was one of the great Twin Cities bands of the '80s, but decades later, in retrospect, they tend to get lost in the glare of an effervescent Minnesota music scene that at the time had no shortage of bright lights: The Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, The Jayhawks, Prince, Flyte Tyme, plus countless other sparkling contenders, many now lost to the sands of time.
Run Westy Run was formed in 1984 by 3 brothers from St. Louis Park, MN - Kirk, Kyle, and Kraig Johnson - along with Terry Fisher and Bob Joslyn, and were named after a 1966 children's book of the same name. The “Westies”, as they soon became known, started out as an intensely chaotic, Stooge-y hard rock band, but later evolved into a hard-to-define amalgam of indie, rock, roots, punk, and funk, driven by a ferocious, lusty energy that infected any audience they came into contact with at one legendary live show after another. The Westies have released 3 studio LPs along with a handful of singles and EPs over the years – and there are at least a few albums worth of material that got lost along the way – but their enduring legacy is a well-earned reputation as one of finest live bands to ever come out of the Land of 10000 Bands.
The story of The Scarlet Goodbye is unusual, and has been called “the most unlikely match in Minnesota music history”. Dan Murphy, who was pivotal in the launch of the two seminal rock bands Soul Asylum and Golden Smog, sold his guitars and amps and quit the game in 2012, in a letter published by Rolling Stone. A chance meeting at a Christmas Party with Yacht-Rocker and producer Jeff Arundel, led to the duo, whose careers spanned the same time frame but had essentially no other resemblance, to start writing and recording. Pretty quickly they realized that they were onto something, as Murphy shoved Arundel into a swagger, and Arundel tip-toed Murphy onto revealing some vulnerabilities, making for a collection of songs that producer John Fields, who was brought in to mix the record, calls “both timeless and unique, part Rolling Stones and part Townes Van Zandt”.
They will be performing at The West Theatre on November 3rd, 2022.
Doors open at 6:30pm
Show starts at 7:30pm
Tickets are $21 to $26 depending on seating.
The West Theatre's COVD-19 Policy for Concerts: All concerts and special events at The West Theatre will still require either proof of a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. Patrons must have a completed COVID-19 vaccination card, with their final dose at least fourteen days prior to the event, or a negative COVID-19 test result from 72 hours or less prior to the event. Proof of vaccination may include a physical card or a photo of a complete vaccination card that matches the patron ID. Proof of a negative test may be a printed or digital test result that matches the patron ID. Home-rapid tests cannot be accepted as negative result. Limited tests are available at the venue but are not guaranteed. Rapid tests given by a pharmacy or at the DECC can be accepted. Children under 12, who cannot be vaccinated, can show a negative test to attend. People with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination can attend with proof of a recent negative coronavirus test. Effective immediately, masks are recommended, but not required, in the theatre. Please respect those around you when at theatre. We understand this is a fluid situation currently, this policy is subject to change at any point. Taking this step helps ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and the artists, and implementing this simple measure minimizes risk and the spread of the virus.
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