DEMO Presents: The Naked Songwriter Series

Posted by DEMO On 1/01/2014 03:40:00 PM 0 comments
DEMO is thrilled to present our first original video series, The Naked Songwriter. This series presents intimate performances from some of the top artists in the Twin Cities as they tell the stories behind their songs and the songwriting process.

The first season finale is here! Episode 15 of the series features the hilariously-charming Phil Solem (of The Rembrandts) performing and talking about four songs, including his two biggest hits ('I'll Be There For You' & 'Just The Way It Is, Baby').

Thank you all for supporting Season One; we plan to be back next fall with more great performances!

Season One:

3/17/14 - Phil Solem (of the Rembrandts)
3/10/14 - Mayda
3/3/14 - Adam Levy (of the Honeydogs)
2/24/14 - Molly Maher
2/21/14 - Chris Koza
2/11/14 - Martin Devaney
2/3/14 - Brianna Lane
1/27/14 - Gabriel Douglas (of the 4onthefloor)
1/20/14 - Al Church (of BBGUN)
1/14/14 - Lydia Liza (of Bomba de Luz)
1/6/14 - Josh JamesBrady Lillie (of Step Rockets)
12/30/13 - Dan Israel
12/23/13 - Katy Vernon
12/16/13 - Ben Kyle (of Romantica)
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Upcoming DEMO Events

Posted by DEMO On 11/15/2013 08:43:00 AM
Grab your friends and head on down to Schooner Tavern (2901 27th Avenue South) in Minneapolis. Check back for new shows, or special events. Also, find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for additional information about upcoming events.

All DEMO events occur at ADA accessible venues.

Wednesday, March 5 -- Schooner Tavern
10pm - Zingrays, Worth Your While

Wednesday, March 12 -- Schooner Tavern
8pm - Kalee Joy, Murphey's Midnight Rounders

Wednesday, March 19 -- Schooner Tavern
8pm - Thee Unholy 3, M.O.R.T.

Wednesday, March 26 -- Schooner Tavern
9pm - Big Island

Wednesday, April 2 -- Schooner Tavern
8pm - Karl B and the Soul Surgeons, Glass Tuxedo

Wednesday, April 9 -- Schooner Tavern
8pm - The Bad Pennies

Wednesday, April 16 -- Schooner Tavern
8pm - Rhinestone Diplomats

Wednesday, April 23 -- Schooner Tavern
8pm - Upstanding Hoodrat, David Hirsch Quartet

Wednesday, April 30 -- Schooner Tavern
8pm - Zach Neil (from Nashville)

The Cedar and DEMO are proud to welcome back Jonathan Richman on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Jonathan is a groundbreaking performer from his early days with The Modern Lovers and continuing throughout his long solo career. Local funk band PHO will open this all ages show at 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm). Tickets are ON SALE NOW, and can be purchased online (Ticketweb), in person (Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar), or by phone (612-338-2674 ext 0).

Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He's revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.

Jonathan's fans have remained fiercely devoted over the years, and his audience expanded substantially in the 1990s, thanks to his frequent guest spots on TV's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, his prominent appearance in the 1998 film comedy smash There's Something About Mary, and the inclusions of his Modern Lovers classics "Ice Cream Man" and "I'm A Little Airplane" on Sesame Street.

See Jonathan LIVE on November 13, 2013 featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums. The Cedar Cultural Center is located at 416 Cedar Ave South in Minneapolis. Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 day of show.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by DEMO On 8/15/2013 08:08:00 AM 0 comments
Diverse Emerging Music Organization (DEMO) ( has immediate volunteer and intern opportunities for music lovers of all ages who want to hear new, original music.

DEMO is primarily looking for show facilitators who can help run music events. Other volunteer needs include assisting with marketing opportunities and/or joining the board as an active voting member to guide the organization in the continued enhancement of the local music scene. Volunteering with DEMO is a great way to meet other local music lovers of all ages. It is also a great way for artists to network with each other.

A bit about the organization:

Diverse Emerging Music Organization (DEMO) is a ten-year-old grass roots non-profit organization started by former First Avenue general manager Steve McClellan. Our organization strives to help the rising stars of the Twin Cities music scene. Our methods involve helping young artists develop their stage presence through regular showcases. DEMO nurtures their creativity through networking opportunities with veteran musicians. We assist new artists with marketing strategies to lead to better promotion of their music. Regular showcases currently happen at Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis and Wild Tymes in St Paul. We also produce single shows at several venues such as The Cedar Cultural Center, The Varsity, 7th Street Entry, Amsterdam Bar, and others.

DEMO believes that the most inspired music happens right in our own backyards. We share a passion for continued development of a rich local music scene. Our board consists of musicians and community members who enjoy local music. Board members and volunteers have the opportunity to enjoy dozens of diverse local bands within the genres of rock, pop, jazz, ska, punk, metal, hip hop, and more at DEMO shows and throughout the local music scene. For any DEMO board member or volunteer, there are occasions to request complimentary tickets to shows happening within the Twin Cities.

DEMO faces challenges that require commitment, networking skills, management expertise, technical skills and hands-on action. We are seeking to grow our organization with people of all ages and experience levels who appreciate a grass roots approach. While many of our board members and volunteers already play active roles in the areas of education development, marketing, fund raising, and volunteer coordinating, we welcome the experience and enthusiasm you (or someone you know) may bring in these or other areas.

Check out or email for more information or to learn about opportunities and upcoming board meetings.
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