Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for January 2019

Welcome back to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for the month of January 2019. We are saying our various forms of goodbye to the year 2018, and now we stand in a fresh new year. If the rumblings in the event scene are anything to go by, it’s going to be a fantastic year for the darksiders, and I for one am here for it—I hope you are too. Let’s get started!

Special Events

Intellephunk and Drop Bass Network New Year’s Day

What: Club Night
When: Tuesday, January 1st at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Pourhouse (Minneapolis)

Because New Year’s Eve shouldn’t get all the fun, Intellephunk and Drop Bass Network put together a day of music to celebrate the new year—featuring sets by Gabbergirl, Demix, Mr BlaQ, Jacob Hoffman, Jobot, Heckadecimal, Dan Toomey, Acid Jakal, Niki Kitz, Centrific, Doubt, Lonefront, Kim Nyx, Jared Perez, and more from the Headspace Collective. They will be going until bar close, and there will be kitchen service available. This event is $25 and 21+.

Wax Poets

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, January 3rd at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant (Minneapolis)

The ACME collective enters the new year with its monthly gig Wax Poets, a night devoted to vinyl-only selections and visual art. This month features DJs 88 Project, Aaron Brooks, Jameen, and Nancy Cheng. Art is brought to you by Hannah Jillane Sicora, Leore Wohl, Jamie Owens, and Jeremiah Soup. This show has an $8 cover and is 21+.

Carnivale of Monsters: CONsole Room Dance Party

What: Convention Club Night
When: Friday, January 4th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: CONsole Room (Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington, MN)

CONsole Room is a local convention devoted to all things Doctor Who, and considering the show’s opening music is quite danceable, it makes sense to take that to the next level. DJ favorites Noise, Dv8, and SLT are on hand to make sure that you are kept up until the wee hours waiting for that familiar whooshing TARDIS sound to take you away. This event is free for attendees with a Friday or weekend pass to the convention and $5 for nonattendees. It’s technically all ages, but if you aren’t attending the convention let’s say 18+ to be on the safe side.

Transmission Presents: Rebel Rebel, the Annual David Bowie Tribute

What: Club Night
When: Wednesday, January 9th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown VFW (Minneapolis)

Celebrating what would have been his 71st birthday, Transmission hosts a night of all things David Bowie along with music influenced by him. The Thin White Duke said it best: “We like dancing, and we look divine.” This is a free event and is 21+.

Depotek and Stain the Mind

What: Concert
When: Thursday, January 10th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall (St. Paul)

Musical Cardamom provides for you a concert featuring two excellent local alt-hard-rock acts. Depotek combines elements of industrial, rock, metal, and EBM to create its own brand of danceable hard rock. Stain the Mind works with alt and experimental elements in its rock that range from romance to revenge to mental illness as subjects. This event is free and 21+.

Dragons Lair Performing Arts Presents: Boys Night Out

What: Club Night
When: Friday, January 11th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Saloon (Minneapolis)

The creators of the Forbidden Bazaar are ramping things up in 2019 with their new night, Boys Night Out, at the Saloon. The men of Dragons Lair come together for a night of fire performances, aerial acrobatics, boylesque, stilts, contortion, pole dancing, go-go dancing, and shibari suspensions. This is the first of a new monthly show, so head down and give them some (consenting) love.

Heavy Air

What: Concert
When: Saturday, January 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Eagles 34 (Minneapolis)

Roar of the Underground, Ghost Trees, and KFAI present Heavy Air, a night of metal, improv, and ambient/noise on three stages. The Roar Stage features music from the Blight, Promidal, INHVMANITY, and NoN. The Ghost Stage features mount curveØasis (UK), Mine, IOSIS, Shadow on Glass, and Interior. The Improv Stage features American Cream, La Curandera and the Ritual, John Saint Pelvyn, and watershed group. This event is $15 and 21+.

Gothess Presents: Second Annual Siouxie Tribute

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, January 17th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Honey (Minneapolis)

Gothess is starting off the new year in the best possible way: with a tribute to Siouxie Sioux. The only game in town to have a Siouxie tribute night is hosted by the resident DJs and features visuals by the always amazing VJ Wednesday. Get ready for some Peekaboo and leave the Cities in Dust. This event is $5 (with a portion donated to RAICES) and 21+.

The Forbidden Bazaar Presents: Welcome to Flogwarts

What: Club Night
When: Friday, January 18th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero (Minneapolis)

The Forbidden Bazaar moves back to Ground Zero in 2019 to provide you a bigger and better experience, starting off this month with a Harry Potter–themed event (costumes encouraged but never required). You will find the usual fare of BDSM, aerial acrobatics, fire magic, burlesque, suspension, body painting, and more with a flow-friendly dance floor. Grab your Flogwarts letter and head to Ground Zero for some fun. This event is 21+ and $10 with a costume or $15 without (cover subject to change).


What: Concert
When: Friday, January 25th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Cabooze (Minneapolis)

Bay Area producer and songwriter Rain created Phutureprimitive, a hard-to-define electronic act with hard beats and soft melodies, danceable jams and ambient grooves. The project’s first album, Sub Conscious, was released in 2004, and Phutureprimitive has stood the test of time, releasing a second album and a collection since then and staging a tour with an interactive game where people write their demon or fear on a piece of duct tape, stick it to the bottom of their shoe, and “dance out their demons.” This show should be a great one. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and is 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!

She’s in Control

What: Radio Show
When: Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 a.m. 
Where: 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul or online at KFAI Community Radio

DJ Mercury brings you the musical and pop-culture history of the goth and alternative scene in her two-hour show on KFAI. Blending interviews, history, and music to tie it all together makes her show one to catch.

Across the Board with DJ SLT

What: Radio Show
When: Fridays from 2:00 to 6:00 a.m. (12th Annual David Bowie Birthday Bash January 10th; Daywalker Edition January 16th at 2:00 p.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 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 cover, cash-only bar. Come casual or dress to impress.

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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