Music News: O'Gara's owners plan to demolish St. Paul landmark


O'Gara's Bar and Grill in 2015.
O'Gara's Bar and Grill in 2015. (Michael Hicks/CC BY 2.0)

The O'Gara family, who opened their eponymous St. Paul bar in 1941, plan to demolish the 110-year-old building and — in Nye's style — replace it with a new apartment building that will contain a smaller version of the bar.

"We've got a great group of regulars," Dan O'Gara, grandson of founder Jim O'Gara, tells the Star Tribune. "But we've got an aging building that needs a lot of maintenance work and, quite honestly, our business is changing so rapidly."

At times during the past, O'Gara's has been a popular music venue. At its peak, the bar hosted live music six nights a week in the attached O'Gara's Shanty. The building's greatest historical significance, though, may come from its association with legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. Schulz's father operated his barber shop in the building — inspiration for the barber shop run by Charlie Brown's dad in the Peanuts comic — and in Schulz's later youth, the family lived in an upstairs apartment.

Plans for the demolition and new construction will be presented at a March 19 meeting of the Union Park District Council's land use committee.

Final Warped Tour lineup announced

Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, the Used, Simple Plan, Silverstein, Underoath, All Time Low, We the Kings, Four Year Strong, and Bowling for Soup are among the bands who will join the last-ever Warped Tour. The tour's final North American run launches June 21 in Pomona, California and concludes on Aug. 5 in West Palm Beach, Florida — with a July 22 stop at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Despite the hopes of founder Kevin Lyman, Katy Perry will apparently not be rejoining the tour to "get back to her roots." (Pitchfork)

Golf Digest: Minnesota makes too big a deal about Prince

Prince was a "cool dude" and all...but "c'mon, it's not like he was Bruce Springsteen."

That's the opinion of Golf Digest assistant editor Joel Beall, who thinks Minnesota just makes too big a deal about Prince. Beall's reflection was spurred by the recent announcement that the Minnesota Twins will offer a regular line of Prince merchandise, a deal believed to be a Major League first for a musician.

In writing about that deal, Beall took the opportunity to argue that Minnesota really just needs to chill out about Prince. "Minnesotans define themselves by one calling card, and one calling card only: the Home of Prince," writes Beall, who does acknowledge that "Purple Rain was a thing like 30 years ago, and he was the kinetic force behind an iconic Chappelle's Show sketch."

Beyond the fairly gross underestimation of Prince's contributions to music and culture, as City Pages notes, Beall seems to have missed the many, many other things Minnesotans like to brag about. "One calling card only! Somebody break this news to the Dayton bros."

Remembering Boyd Jarvis

Musician and producer Boyd Jarvis has died of an undetermined cause at age 59. While Jarvis never became a household name, he's known as a pioneer of house music. In the early '80s, he played keyboard synthesizer in collaboration with DJ Timmy Regisford. The two became known for driving, minimalist mixes, and their 1983 single "The Music Got Me" is regarded as an important early example of what would become known as "club music." (New York Times)

Utah legislators rap about their jobs

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince have yet to comment on a rewrite of their Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme by legislators in the heavily Republican-dominated Utah House of Representatives.

In a video posted to Twitter, an array of legislators rap about how a bill becomes a law, with the lyrics illustrated in Comic Sans. One representative even complements his business suit with an autographed "Make America Great Again" cap for the occasion. Funky fresh? Decide for yourself. (Billboard)

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