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What do you get at a Low Cut Connie show?

Low Cut Connie, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Philly, high energy, rock and roll, Barack Obama, Boozophilia, Elton John, Adam Weiner, Ladyfingers, Connie Club, Big Freedia, Dirty Pictures, Beverly, Revolution Rock n Roll, Dan Finnemore, Will Donnelly, James Everhart, Larry Scotton, Lucas Rinz, Live Music, Concert
Photo by – Kathleen Ambre

A party. You get a party.

Adam Weiner, the wild piano-wielding frontman of Low Cut Connie, clearly loves what he does.

And he doesn’t just lead a rock band: he facilitates a party. He runs around the stage with reckless abandon, breathlessly interacting with the crowd, his band members, and the centerpiece of the stage, his piano.

Low Cut Connie, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Philly, high energy, rock and roll, Barack Obama, Boozophilia, Elton John, Adam Weiner, Ladyfingers, Connie Club, Big Freedia, Dirty Pictures, Beverly, Revolution Rock n Roll, Dan Finnemore, Will Donnelly, James Everhart, Larry Scotton, Lucas Rinz, Live Music, Concert
Photo by – Kathleen Ambre

None of the showmanship takes away from the performance or the power of the songs, though, as sometimes happens with bands that have a wild stage show.

Weiner and his band never missed a note or vocal cue, giving characteristically full versions of singalong rockers “Revolution Radio,” “Beverly,” “Oh Suzanne,” and, of course, Barack Obama favorite, “Boozophilia.” Absolute shouter “Hey! Little Girl” was the perfect vehicle for crowd interaction.

Low Cut Connie, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Philly, high energy, rock and roll, Barack Obama, Boozophilia, Elton John, Adam Weiner, Ladyfingers, Connie Club, Big Freedia, Dirty Pictures, Beverly, Revolution Rock n Roll, Dan Finnemore, Will Donnelly, James Everhart, Larry Scotton, Lucas Rinz, Live Music, Concert
Photo by – Kathleen Ambre

The two highlights of the show for me, though, were Get Out the Lotion deep cut “Big Thighs, NJ” and a rousing cover of underrated David Bowie classic “Diamond Dogs.” The former shows Weiner’s songwriting subtlety, the latter his great taste for covers (at last year’s First Avenue show, he covered Tom Petty buried treasure “Free Girl Now”).

Low Cut Connie, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Philly, high energy, rock and roll, Barack Obama, Boozophilia, Elton John, Adam Weiner, Ladyfingers, Connie Club, Big Freedia, Dirty Pictures, Beverly, Revolution Rock n Roll, Dan Finnemore, Will Donnelly, James Everhart, Larry Scotton, Lucas Rinz, Live Music, Concert
Photo by – Kathleen Ambre

What’s the only way to take a party up another notch? Invite Big Freedia, whose opening set also absolutely blew the roof off.

Low Cut Connie, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Philly, high energy, rock and roll, Barack Obama, Boozophilia, Elton John, Adam Weiner, Ladyfingers, Connie Club, Big Freedia, Dirty Pictures, Beverly, Revolution Rock n Roll, Dan Finnemore, Will Donnelly, James Everhart, Larry Scotton, Lucas Rinz, Live Music, Concert
Photo by – Kathleen Ambre

At a Low Cut Connie show, you get the ideal combination of an entertaining spectacle, solid musicianship, and quality songwriting to legitimize it all.

A party. You also get a party.

Low Cut Connie, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Philly, high energy, rock and roll, Barack Obama, Boozophilia, Elton John, Adam Weiner, Ladyfingers, Connie Club, Big Freedia, Dirty Pictures, Beverly, Revolution Rock n Roll, Dan Finnemore, Will Donnelly, James Everhart, Larry Scotton, Lucas Rinz, Live Music, Concert
Photo by – Kathleen Ambre
Erik Ritland
Author: Erik Ritland

Erik is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to writing and editing for a number of local outlets, he founded Rambling On, a Minnesota-focused blog and podcast about music, sports, and culture, in 2012. He began working for Music in Minnesota in 2018 and is a writer, editor, and social media content strategist.

Written by Erik Ritland

Erik is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to writing and editing for a number of local outlets, he founded Rambling On, a Minnesota-focused blog and podcast about music, sports, and culture, in 2012. He began working for Music in Minnesota in 2018 and is a writer, editor, and social media content strategist.

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