Going back to the now-defunct Over the Rainbow Bar on West Seventh in St. Paul in 1997, musical impresarios Mia Dorr and DiDi Pagitt have been performing at a number of local GLBT bars. Currently, they are at Camp Bar in St. Paul every Sunday, 8-11 PM; Mattie’s on Main in Minneapolis every other Thursday (January 8, 22, …), 8:30–11:30 p.m.; and as YOLO at The Town House the last Friday of every month, 9:00–11:30 p.m. They are also at St. Petersburg Vodka Bar in Robbinsdale and Crooner’s Lounge and Supper Club in Fridley.
Chanteuse Dorr, who provides the awesome vocals, says, “Seventeen years ago, I was a singer, and then the GLBT community welcomed me with open arms. That changed my life, and now I am an entertainer. These years have taught me how a chosen family comes together to support each other and rally together during times of adversity. I feel very fortunate to be able to perform as often as we do, and it’s because of the people who spend their time at our shows, some on a weekly basis, and some once a month or so, who give us the opportunity to entertain and do what we love the most. The past 17 years have been the blessing of my life, and I get weepy just thinking about it.”
Pagitt, who is the show’s producer, takes the song requests, and banters with the audience, adds, “The music at our shows is reflective of people who are in the audience. Mia was once referred to as ‘a passionate and energetic performer with a repertoire of unparalleled diversity.’ I love this description, because it describes her so succinctly. Our favorite music is what moves audience members, either physically in their chairs or in the memories in their minds, or stirs them in their souls. Those are the best ones!”
490 N. Robert St., St. Paul
Mattie’s on Main
Every Other Thursday
43 Main St. SE, Mpls.
The Town House
Fourth Friday of Every Month
1415 University Ave. W., St. Paul