Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for April 2019

Welcome back to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for the month of April 2019. We are back after a short hiatus, celebrating the first anniversary of this column, and chock-full of fabulous events. Get your dancing shoes ready—you’ll need them!

Special Events

Wax Poets

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, April 4th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar & Restaurant (Minneapolis)

The ACME collective hosts its monthly gig, a night devoted to vinyl-only selections and visual art. This month features DJs Nancy Cheng, Daniel Paul Cortez, Christian James, and Apollolypstic (a.k.a. DJ Jam E Z). Art is brought to you by Hannah Sicora, Leore Wohl, and Designs by Taniguchi. This show has an $8 cover and is 21+.

Intellephunk Presents: Eris Drew

What: Concert
When: Friday, April 5th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Rouge at the Lounge (Minneapolis)

Local DJs and creator outfit Intellephunk brings to town Eris Drew, a Chicago-based DJ known for their work at Chicago’s Smart Bar and for cofounding the Hugo Ball, a long-running polysexual Dada-inspired dance party. With intensely rhythmic sets, samples of bird songs and trains, hardcore, and krautrock, you are certain to find your footing at some point in the night. Opening music by Sasha B. Ware and front-room music by Sarah White, Queen Duin, and Medicinall. This event is $20 and 21+.

Potterheads Unite

What: Club Night
When: Friday, April 5th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

Come on down to Ground Zero for a night of eminently danceable beats and a love of all things Harry Potter. Music by DJ Overdrive (a treat!) and crew. Entry is $5 with costume or $10 without and 21+.  Reminder that Ground Zero is a cash-only bar.

Rave of Thrones

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Skyway Theatre (Minneapolis)

Winter may be waning, but a storm is coming to Minneapolis. Kristian Nairn, best known for playing Hodor on Game of Thrones, is also a world-famous DJ, and he’s bringing all his talent to us for a night of EDM, costumes, prizes, dancing, a photo booth, Game of Thrones drink specials, and video, not to mention the man himself. Fashioning himself as DJ Hodor, he will be sure to keep the White Walkers at bay with an energetic and fanciful dance floor. Get tickets soon, as this might sell out. Tickets are $20 in advance and 18+.

Music for the Masses: A Depeche Mode Tribute Night

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, April 6th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant (Minneapolis)

Dark Energy enters the beautiful space of the Loring to bring you a night filled with more Depeche Mode than you can handle (but you should try). With old and new hits, remixes, obscurities, and deep cuts along with visuals of live performances and music videos, this is a night that will just ooze Depeche Mode. DJs Grant Mayland and DIE/ASPORA will keep the music flowing throughout the night and they are taking requests on their Facebook event page where you can also buy tickets in advance. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and 18+.

Dragons Lair Performing Arts Presents: Hedonistic Fridays

What: Club Night
When: Friday, April 12th 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. Head down and give them some (consenting) love.

Dark Energy Presents: Xeno and Oaklander

What: Concert
When: Saturday, April 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Nomad World Pub (Minneapolis)

Dark Energy brings back New York City’s Xeno and Oaklander this month. An all-analog synth act with a new album out via Dias Records called Hypnos, they have shown the Twin Cities a lot of love on their visits, and the feeling is definitely mutual. They are supported by Hallows, and DJs Miss Q, Necronancer, and Grant Mayland will keep the floor going between sets. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and 21+.

Transmission’s 18th Anniversary

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, April 13th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue (Minneapolis)

The Current, Electric Fetus, and First Avenue are sponsoring this year’s anniversary bash for our beloved Transmission, a night that is somewhat anything-goes, with music across the genres from the ’80s and ’90s—by DJ Jake Rudh, of course. A photo booth will be available to capture your look for the evening. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and 18+

Grave Society, Trita, and Fallen Empire

What: Concert
When: Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Nomad World Pub (Minneapolis)

A night of local bands curated by KFAI’s Roar of the Underground radio show. Grave Society, Trita, and Fallen Empire will delight with gothic rock, postmetal, and industrial synth rock. This is an excellent opportunity to come out and support local musicians. Cover is $6 and 21+.

Kilted Farmer Presents: The Foreign Resort, Panic Priest, and Grave Society

What: Concert
When: Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Kilted Farmer Koncerts brings the Foreign Resort to town from Copenhagen, Denmark, supplying a dark new-wave and explosive postpunk sound that is worth every moment of listening. Along with that bank is Panic Priest out of Chicago, offering dark crooning vocals, electronic beats, swooning guitars, and synths. Local goth rock band Grave Society opens, and DJ Hyperkarma keeps the beats flowing. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door (cash only), and 21+

The Forbidden Bazaar Presents: The Blood Lust Ball IV

What: Club Night
When: Friday, April 19th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

The Forbidden Bazaar puts together a fantastic night of supernatural fantasy with the annual Blood Lust Ball. This vampire-themed event is designed to delight with the organizers’ usual fare of aerial arts, belly dance, burlesque, fire, suspension, a photo booth, and more. Come dressed as a vampire (or just about any other supernatural creature), dance the night away, and be amazed. This event is $15 for general admission, $10 with a costume, and 21+.

Zwaremachine and I Ya Toyah with Autumn

What: Concert
When: Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Local industrial act Zwaremachine is back from a European tour and ready to reignite Minneapolis. Classic industrial with heavy synths will keep you stomping through the evening. Also playing are Chicago-based one-woman outfit I Ya Toyah, who offers a deep melodic voice accompanied by electronic wonder and hard rhythms, and local undefinable band Autumn, which puts on a show that meets all your musical needs. Don’t miss your chance to dance hard and support local. This event is $6 and 21+.

Rubber Ball USA Preparty

What: Club Night
When: Friday, April 26th at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Stella’s Fish Café (Minneapolis)

Rubber Ball USA gets you all lubed up and ready to roll the night before the big event with a special party in the upper-level room at Stella’s. With performers, producers, and special guests, you will have the opportunity to get your groove on and meet some of the performers before the big show. Limited tickets are available; they are $20 and 21+.

Halfway to Halloween

What: Club Night
When: Friday, April 26th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

Halloween may be but once a year, but that doesn’t mean we can only celebrate once. Halfway to Halloween is an absolutely valid reason to come out, wear costumes, and have an amazing night of dance and frivolity. Cover is $8 without costume, $5 with costume, and 21+. As always, Ground Zero is a cash-only bar.

Rubber Ball USA 2019

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, April 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Historic Concord Exchange (St. Paul)

Bondesque and Domina USA are back again with their annual Rubber Ball. With performances, fashion shows, and dancing, it is a night you don’t want to miss. There is a dress code, which is semiformal at minimum but encourages fetish gear (because of course!). Don’t miss one of the biggest kink nights of the year. Tickets are available for $40 regular admission or $95 for VIP, which includes special access, the Temple of Torture Dungeon, balcony views of the main stage, and VIP open play. Consent is mandatory. This event is 21+.

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! (And don’t miss the Transmission 18th-anniversary party at First Avenue on April 13, mentioned above.)

Across the Board with DJ SLT

What: Radio Show
When: Fridays from 2:00 to 6:00 a.m. (fsociety: All–Mr. Robot Special April 12th)
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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