Every evening at El Corazón is a different experience. Although the downtown venue is best known for its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, its calendar presents a genre-defying variety including comedy shows and punk, electroclash, postrock, and postman rock concerts. The majority of their shows are all ages, with a special bar area for the 21-and-up crowds.
Aromas from 88 Keys' menu of American and Italian fare waft across floors crowded with jovial dancers shimmying beneath exposed-brick walls. 88 Keys' calendar orbits around the Piano Man's Friday- and Saturday-night dueling-piano shows, which exhibit the impressive nature of musical competition without the expense of shot-putting a cello. Blues showcases, open-mic jams, and a rotating cast of visiting bands round out the schedule.
Since its 1926 opening, The Triple Door has played many roles—vaudeville theater, movie house, burlesque—and in 2002 it entered its latest incarnation, as an award-winning music venue and lounge. The Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door boasts a 1,900-gallon freshwater aquarium, as well as a menu inspired by Asian delicacies and brought to you by the acclaimed Wild Ginger kitchen. Start your evening with some Bangkok boar satay dipped in a golden-raisin plum sauce ($5 each, two for $9), and kick your noshing into high gear with fragrant duck spiced with cinnamon and star anise and served with steamed buns, Sichuan peppercorn salt, and sweet plum sauce ($14.50 half, $23.50 whole). Sip a beer-like beverage ($3.50–$12.50 bottled, $5.50 draft), sake ($8–$15), or cider ($5.25–$15.25) as live music swims into your ear canals most evenings from the lounge stage sans cover charge. Signature cocktails such as the river taxi ($8.50)—made with Mekhong whiskey, coconut water, lemongrass, and pineapple—float on sound waves aboard rafts made of smooth, smooth bass lines.
Copenhagen-based musician Anders Trentemøller enraptures audiences with a four-piece live band that breathes life into his ambient electronic compositions. An accomplished producer who has remixed tracks for fellow Scandinavians Röyksopp and The Knife, Trentemøller garnered international acclaim as an artist with his debut LP, The Last Resort, in 2006, following a string of successful singles and an ill-fated attempt at a concert on Pluto. Onstage, Trentemøller and his band fuse elements of minimal electronica with pounding rock percussion and surf-guitar melodies, tearing through songs off Trentemøller's 2010 sophomore album, Into the Great Wide Yonder, as well as older cuts. The technologically savvy outfit headlined Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2009, lighting up a crowd of 50,000 people and innumerable balloon animals with disposable incomes. A trio of opening acts primes audiences for the headliner with further electronic bliss, including New York pop outfit Xylos, ambient-experimental artist The Sight Below, and local techno DJ Nordic Soul.
The art of evolving old films into brand-new, living and breathing shows has been crafted through 12 years of extemporization experience under Jet City Improv's hilarious belt. Twisted Flicks' talented ensemble will share the rewarding laughs that come from spearing antiquated movies through the belly. You'll take part in a communal audience experience on a larger scale than the dorm-room bunny toss of college years past.