PHIL-A-PALOOZA! w/ many many special guests!

PHIL-A-PALOOZA! w/ many many special guests!

The Melismatics, Thrush

Tue, September 26, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

A send-off party for the dearly loved and revered Phil Solem before he packs up & heads to Nashville! The night will feature performers from Badfinger, Soul Asylum, The Rembrandts, Greazy Meal, Dr. Fink of The Revolution, & Dr. Mambo's Combo.

A little about Phil... As one half of The Rembrandts, Phil Solem is best known for the hit songs "Just The Way It Is, Baby" and "I'll Be There For You" [the theme from Friends]. But Phil's career in rock & roll is represented by far more than a couple of Top 20 smashes. Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Phil Solem moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, looking for a place in the emerging rock & roll scene. Phil was in and out of bands like 'Android' and 'Loose Change' and eventually ended up in the band Great Buildings, who released the album Apart From The Crowd in 1981 on Columbia Records. Although Great Buildings broke up shortly thereafter, Solem would remaine pals with felow bandmate Danny Wilde.

Over the years, Phil & Danny would get together and write songs. But in 1990, Phil and Danny got together to record some demos in Danny's Southern California garage/studio. The demo was released 'as is', as The Rembrandts. The album landed in the Billboard hot 100, thanks in part to the Top 20 hit "Just The Way It Is, Baby." The follow up single "Someone," with Phil on lead vocals, also ended up on the Billboard Top 100. In 1992, The Rembrandts received more critical accliam for their follow up album, Untitled. In 1995, The Rembrandts became most famous for a song that was never intended to be on an album. Although the duo had recorded the 42 second theme "I'll Be There For You" for the show Friends, it was never intended to be a full length song. But the label insisted the duo record a full length version and include it at the end of the already finished album, LP. The rest is history....

Phil also has a rock band, called THRUSH, with John Fields and Michael Bland. They released one album in 2000. In 2001, he reformed with Danny Wilde as The Rembrandts to release the album Lost Together, perhaps the duo's best album. In 2006, Rhino released a Greatest Hits collection, which included material from all four Rembrandts albums and two tracks from the Great Buildings album Apart From The Crowd. In 2011, Phil released his solo album, HODGEPODGE.
The Melismatics
The Melismatics
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album "Postmodern Rock" quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Sountrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums "New Infection" and "Turn It On". The Melismatics toured the country numerous times over and continued to win loyal fans with their high-energy and unpredictable live shows. Their music has been featured on MTV's "The Hills," "The City"and "Laguna Beach," NBC's "Windfall"; Animal Planet's "Jockeys" and they've played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ. The Melismatics released "The Acid Test" on CC Entertainment/E1 Music (2008). Renowned producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Rooney, Cut/Copy, Har Mar Superstar, etc) caught the band performing at 2007 SXSW in Austin, Texas and signed on to produce the album. The music video for "Digging Deep" charted at #4 on MTVU and received widespread airplay.

The Melismatics' upcoming album "MANIA!" on Pravda Records was produced by Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star and the band's now long-time comrade Ed Ackerson; the record was mixed by John Fields. The LP was mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC by Chris Athens (Coldplay, Beastie Boys, NERD, etc) and features collaborations with Dan Wilson (Adele, Semisonic) and Jon Auer who also lends vocals to several tracks.

The Melismatics have found a sound all their own that is familiar yet unique, euphoric and adventurous. The Melismatics' sound is constantly evolving and developing -- as The Onion put it, "no one ever accused The Melismatics of being predictable."
Minneapolis band consisting of Phil Solem, John Fields and Michael Bland.
Venue Information:
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404