Friday, August 8, 2008

Charmin Michelle at Fireside Pizza

When: Monday, August 4, 2008 • Where: Fireside PizzaWho: Charmin Michelle, voice; Rick Carlson, keyboard

I mean, look at this place. Jazz squashed in a corner, backed by cases of Coors and Leinenkugel and root beer. Who would play there? Who would go?

But this is Fireside Pizza, one of the quirkiest and most beloved little jazz venues in the Twin Cities. The Richfield pizza parlor has featured live jazz for who knows how many years—at least a dozen.

Charmin Michelle is the headliner on most Mondays and Wednesdays. She's usually accompanied by Denny Malmberg, but he's on his way home from New Orleans tonight so Rick Carlson is subbing. (That's another thing about this place: When the regulars can't be there, other artists are happy to step up.)

Tonight MPR's Maryann Sullivan is in the house with her music. When Charmin takes a break, she sings some Peggy Lee. She sounds good. Come back soon, Maryann.

Read more about Fireside at MinnPost. If you're in the area, go there some Monday or Wednesday. Have a house special with a side of meatballs.

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