Mad Ripple planning first outdoor

The Mad Ripple (aka Jim Walsh) is holding his first-ever outdoor Friday night Hootenanny June 6 at the Lake Harriet Band Shell.

Walsh, a veteran music writer and Journal columnist, launched the Hoot nights two years ago — weekly gatherings in the basement of Java Jack’s featuring an eclectic lineup of local musicians.

“For the first time in its two-year history, the Mad Ripple Friday night Hootenanny moves outdoors to the pastoral, trippy, love-in greenery of Lake Harriet’s legendary bandstand,” wrote Walsh about the event. “The Hoot, which has featured countless nobodies and somebodies playing their tunes in the comfy confines of Java Jack’s basement, will take to the great outdoors and play as the sun sets and moon rises.”

The June 6 Hoot will feature songs by Walsh, his brother Terry Walsh, leader of the Belfast Cowboy, Slim Dunlap, Venus and Brianna Lane, among many others.

This summer, Walsh plans to take the Hoot on the road with a stop in New York City for a seven-night Hoot fest July 18–25. Then he will team up with Lizz Winstead’s Shoot The Messenger at the Parkway
Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., for a scaled-down Hoot planned for Sept. 2–4.

In early October, the Hoot will make its first overseas trip for a three-night event in Dublin, Ireland. The first Java Jack’s Hoot of the season is planned for Oct. 17.

Besides music and banter, the Lake Harriet Hoot will feature popcorn and ice cream. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the band shell, West 43rd Street & East Lake
Harriet Parkway.

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