A Bowl Full of Memories

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Ranch Bowl Reunion featuring Noizewave, the Beat Seekers, M.O.Caiaus, Lowercase I, Trippin Default, the Fonzerellies

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St.

Cost: $8

Web: waitingroomlounge.com

Phone: 402-8845353

“Reunited and it feels so good,
Reunited 'cause we understood”

Did Peaches & Herb ever play the Ranch Bowl? If not, they're one of the few acts that didn't.

Why are we talking about the Ranch Bowl, that glorious live music venue that was bulldozed in 2007 to make room for a Wal-Mart at 1600 S. 72nd St.? Because on Saturday, Sept. 7, a group of local musicians will band together to celebrate the memory of the Ranch Bowl – and help raise money for a good cause while doing it.

Noizewave, the Beat Seekers, M.O.Caiaus, Lowercase i, Trippin Default and the Fonzarellies will perform beginning at 8 p.m. ($8) at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St., one of the music venues that picked up where the Ranch Bowl left off.

The night will be filled with good tunes and good intentions (proceeds benefit St. Jude Hospital), but I'm most interested in the good memories that will no doubt be shared by those in attendance.

If you're like me, you have many fond memories of the Ranch Bowl. During the '90s and into the '00s, Matt Markel's Ranch Bowl was the place to see national, regional and local acts perform. It was also a great place to bowl ... and play sand volleyball ... and have a beer at one of the three bars inside. It also housed a one-time radio station (K-Rock 93.3 FM), a recording studio (BJM Studios) and a record label (Get Go Records).

Memories? Lots. Here’s three of mine from the mid-'90s:

Weirdest Show – Dogstar on July 22, 1997. Remember Dogstar? That was the band featuring actor Keanu Reeves. So surreal seeing Reeves – who by then had played Ted, Johnny Utah and Jack Traven – at stage left on the bass guitar.

Best On-the-Bus Moment – Chilling with the Replacements' Paul Westerberg after his solo show at the Ranch Bowl on June 19, 1996. A dream come true.

Most Embarrassing Moment (for me) – Crowd surfing at the Presidents of the United States of America (don't ask) show on March 9, 1996.

Biggest Regret: Not going to Pearl Jam on May 3, 1992. I'm still upset about that one. But you know what? We can listen to the show in its entirety. It's archived at pearljambootlegs.org. There's even a 2-minute video of Eddie Vedder in front of the Ranch Bowl talking with fans about surfing. Epic. You can listen or watch, by clicking on the links below. Just imagine, the person who shot that video must have been using an oversized VHS camcorder. Ahh, the memories.


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