Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for August 2018

Welcome again to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for the month of August 2018. The summer of darkness continues with a lot of excellent local acts, tours, and festivals. Events are subject to change, so please follow these events to have the latest and greatest information. If we missed something be sure to let us know in the comments!

Special Events

Deafheaven with Drab Majesty and Uniform

What: Concert
When: Wednesday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis)

San Francisco–based Deafheaven is on tour again following the July release of Ordinary Corrupt Human LoveCombining black metal, pulsing double bass, and a touch of shoegazing, the band has hit the ground running with some new members and an album that has garnered a great deal of attention for straddling the line between fresh energy and old style. Accompanying Deafhaven on this stop of the tour are Drab Majesty out of Los Angeles, which offers an ambient electronic like Melotron with quiet energy and beautiful stage presence; and New York’s Uniform, which has an upcoming new album called The Long Walk that follows the success of the band’s previous album, which had songs featured in the new Twin Peaks series. Uniform’s electronic format and metal feel like a good bridge between the softer electronics of Drab Majesty and the strong black metal of Deafheaven. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and it is an all-ages show!

Bowieoke: An All David Bowie Karaoke Celebration!

What: Club Night
When: Friday, August 3rd at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown VFW (Minneapolis)

For the past two years, Bowieoke brings together fans of Bowie to belt out his standards and not-so-standards for fun and charity. The 2018 edition is no exception to the rule and will be hosted by Ian Rans, with Infernal Singalong Machines’ Joel Stitzel offering the karaoke and KFAI’s own DJ SLT to spinning the preparty dance. There will be a best group costume prize this year, and who can really resist the temptation to dress up like Bowie in all his glam and fab glory? For the charity side, the event has partnered with Claire Housing, which offers affordable, supportive housing for low-income people living with and affected by HIV in Minneapolis. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door, and the event is 21+.

Dark Energy August with Scott Gusts and Golden Donna

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis)

Dark Energy returns to the KCK to bring you your very favorite in darkwave, goth rock, and synth. This month, the event has special guest Scott Gusts (also known as Phantom Ship) to take the reins and lead the dancing. Accompanying Gusts and resident DJs Jobot and Necronancer are local DJ Golden Donna and visuals by Grant Mayland. Admission is $5 and 21+.

Absynthetic Productions Presents: Voicecoil, Lorelei Dreaming, and Absynthe of Faith

What: Concert
When: Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Colorado favorite Voicecoil returns to Minneapolis while on a short tour bringing its patented brand of synthpop, club electronica, great vocals, and a certain Blues Brothers–esque style to the stage. Along with the group is “dystopian future pop” band Lorelei Dreaming from Chicago, which combines dark and ethereal vocals with a solid darkwave synth vibe, and local fave Absynthe of Faith, who will be joining the tour for the remainder of August. Admission is $12 at the door and 21+.

The Forbidden Bazaar Presents: Se7en Deadly Sins and Virtues

What: Club Night
When: Friday, August 10th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Gay 90’s (Minneapolis)

The Forbidden Bazaar is back for its monthly theme night at the Gay 90’s, and it is the sixth-anniversary party for Forbidden Bazaar! This month’s theme is the angels and demons, sins and virtues. Dress up to the theme or dress to impress. There will be DJs will be on hand to keep the dance floor moving, plus aerial acrobatics by Angela Higgins, fire magic by Justice Draconis, a BDSM show, and a photo booth by KreTat Productions. Admission is $15 for 18+ and $10 for 21+.

Drop Bass Network Presents: Even Further 2018

What: Festival
When: Friday, August 10th–Monday, August 13th
Where: Highbridge, Wisconsin

Drop Bass Network and Intellephunk bring you a weekend of electronic music and techno campout. From noon Friday and until noon Monday, there will be eight stages, 200+ DJs and live acts, food, a radio station, and themed campsites, not to mention the themed events throughout. Local outfit Communion will have a show on Sunday. I could type pages about all of the amazing things that will be going on, but I suggest checking it out yourself. Admission is 18+ and runs $130 to $145 for the weekend, plus an additional $50 for RV and trailer parking.

Strange Girls Art and Craft Market

What: Craft Fair
When: Saturday, August 11th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Twin Spirits Distillery (Minneapolis)

A Conspiracy of Strange Girls is back with another craft fair at the women-owned distillery Twin Spirits. There are a number of awesome artisans and crafters returning from last time as well as a few new ones, including Glimmer and Grim, which puts a modern twist on taxidermy by taking ethically sourced animal skulls and bones and adding beautiful Swarovski crystals. This month’s food truck is the fabulous Pimento Jamaican Kitchen. If you are looking for some new stuff or doing some super-early holiday shopping, this is the event for you! This event is free and open to the public.

Gothess Presents: Families Belong Together

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, August 11th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books (Minneapolis)

Gothess’s monthly event teams up with Moon Palace Books to provide a night of music, dancing, advocacy, and charity where all proceeds go to benefit RAICES, which helps with legal assistance for refugee families being separated. DJs for the event are DJ Miss Q, DJ Mercury, and Illuminate Steele; admission is 21+ and on a sliding scale of $5 to $20. We are a strong community, and it’s a wonderful thing for that community to come together and help others. Massive kudos to Gothess and Moon Palace for putting this together.

Sweatin’ to the 90s with Fistful of Datas and the Sweat Boys

What: Concert
When: Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: 331 Club (Minneapolis)

If you missed the Sweat Boys when they opened for Covenant a few months ago, here is your chance to make up for it in the best way. They are coming for a visit from La Crosse, Wisconsin, to make us all dance and sweat while performing alongside Fistful of Datas. Transporter mixups happen, and you will be sent back to the 1990s to listen to covers of a wide variety of ’90s hits. Don’t worry—they are fully functional and programmed in multiple techniques. Admission is free and 21+.

Music of the End Times Presents: Gentle Leader XIV, the Rope, Darkrad, and DJ Angelica Ottavia

What: Concert
When: Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Icehouse (Minneapolis)

Music of the End Times brings in a fabulous selection of musical talent on a night filled with amazing music. Gentle Leader XIV is a synth-heavy dream-pop band from Chicago touring for their recent album Channels. Along with them are local goth rockers the Rope, bringing a classic dark sound full of guitars and drums and emotional vocals, and a dark industrial project by Russian-born Jana Komaritsa called DarkRad, which has a lot of long dark synths and disturbed vocals. Local DJ Angelica Ottavia fills out the evening. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door and 21+.

Hard Mondays

What: Club Night
When: Monday, August 13th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Rouge at the Lounge (Minneapolis)

Hard Mondays takes you down the dark tunnel with a night of goth, darkwave, postpunk, ethereal, death rock, and melancholy synthpop. Hard Mondays has always brought some of the best dance music, and this night will be no exception. Admission is 21+ with a $3 cover.

NOVO Industrial Festival

What: Festival
When: Thursday, August 16th–Friday, August 17th
Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant (Minneapolis)

NOVO is bringing an amazing lineup of acts to what may be Minneapolis’s first industrial music festival. Acts range from dark techno and EBM to industrial, first wave, and beyond. Acts such as Statiqbloom, Straight Panic, Silent Servant, Echo Beds, Dreamweapon, and local visual industrial magicians Zwaremachine are only a small taste of the artists brought in for the event. Many of these acts are new to the scene from all over the US, and it is a great opportunity to support new music from the beginning. DJs Grant Mayland of Dark Energy and Angelica Ottavia of Deeper will be spinning throughout to keep the vibes going between sets. Admission is $25 for one day or $40 for both days and 21+.

New Order

What: Concert
When: Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Palace Theatre (St. Paul)

New Order returns to the Twin Cities for the first time in almost 30 years! The ’80s new-wave giants have had a long and successful musical career with an extensive catalogue of music to pick from, which should provide both some standards and some surprises. The show almost sold out within an hour, but tickets may still be available through third-party resellers. Admission is 18+.

Gothess Presents: New Order Tribute

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, August 23rd at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Honey (Minneapolis)

Considering that the New Order concert (above) sold out rather quickly, our friends at Gothess stepped up and are providing an alternative. Come out and join the resident DJs for a night of New Order and other new-wave music while also raising money for the charity RAICES. DJs for the evening will be DJ Miss Q and DJ Mercury, and admission is $5 and 21+.

Absynthetic Productions Presents: Panic Lift, FIRES, and Street Fever

What: Concert
When: Sunday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall (St. Paul)

Panic Lift is on tour supporting their third album End Process, which offers a more aggressive sound but without losing the softer tone they had cultivated, and the group now has an excellent and refined sound that makes them one to catch. FIRES is a more recent project, but they are lighting up the scene and have dominated the stage whenever they have performed with a unique synth-rock sound. Street Fever offers up a more techno-industrial sound that adds a dark ambiance. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and 21+.

Absynthetic Productions Presents: Psyclon Nine and the God Bombs

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, August 28th
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Absynthetic Productions strikes again, bringing us a dynamic night of industrial. Psyclon Nine is back in the Twin Cities again, and if you haven’t seen them before, you are in for a heavy industrial treat. They are an energetic force to be reckoned with onstage and provide a high-energy industrial sound reminiscent of KMFDM. They are promoting their upcoming album, Icon of the Adversary, along with the Brooklyn-based industrial postpunk-style band the God Bombs. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and 21+.

Devata Daun Pye Luis EP Release

What: Album Release Party
When: Wednesday, August 29th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant, Red Room (Minneapolis)

Pytch Records is throwing a release party for their first album release of 2018. Devata Daun is releasing her sophomore EP, Pye Luis, with supporting acts Loud Sun, Zina, Xoxotech, and Lukdix. Sponsored by Radio K, this is a fabulous opportunity to support local musicians and get Daun’s new EP fresh from the presses. Admission is $10 at the door and 18+.

Weekly Events

Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh

What: Club Night
When: Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown VFW (Minneapolis)

For 17 years, DJ Jake Rudh has been bringing the best of ’80s new wave and synthpop to the clubs every Wednesday (and more recently to the airwaves on the Current every Thursday). Transmission is an amazing night of music, videos, dancing, and ’80s nostalgia for all fans, and there are people who have met and gotten married thanks to this unparalleled night of music. Come out and see what it’s all about, you won’t regret it. This event is 21+ and free!

Across the Board with DJ SLT

What: Radio Show
When: Friday Mornings from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Where: 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul or online at KFAI Community Radio

DJ SLT has been bringing his wide-ranging musical interests to KFAI for over 10 years. His show features anything and everything from ’70s glam rock to EBM, industrial, pop, and all the David Bowie you never knew existed. DJ SLT frequently has theme nights, guest hosts, collaborations, and collectors’ corners to make a varied and greatly interesting radio show worth staying awake for. He also plays his own original works under the name Kradis.

Bondage A-Go-Go

What: Club Night
When: Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

Ground Zero has been the goth community’s mainstay for nearly 24 years. Today it is the best place to grab a drink and dance to the best music the goth world has to offer (and some it hasn’t). With three rotating DJs keeping the music fresh and interesting, it sets the scene for what’s going on in the back—where the in-house dominatrixes keep your blood pumping with safe and consensual scenes you can either watch or participate in (after signing up, staying sober until your time, and tipping the mistress). No photos, 21+, $7.00 cover, cash-only bar. Come casual or dress to impress.

Communion Sundays

What: Club Night
When: Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Pourhouse (Minneapolis)

Communion Sundays take over the Pourhouse with multiple DJs on each floor. The DJs rotate around weekly, giving you a unique experience each time. Admission is $15 and is 21+.

So which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!


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