Rock promoter throws himself birthday bash


Rochester rock promoter Andrew Schacht is making turning 30 an easier pill to swallow.

Four of his favorite bands are playing tonight at North Star Bar in his honor. (

They include Cliffton Wales, a pop-rock band, and the Funeral and the Twilight, an eerie post-punk band, both from Minneapolis; and two Rochester bands: 1422, which plays alternative-rock, and Liquor Beats Winter, which plays blues-rock.

"These are some of my favorite bands to hear play," Schacht said, "some of my favorite bands I like to book."

The music starts at 8:30 p.m., and so does an hour-long 50-cent tap special.


That'll take the sting off the big three-oh.

"I'm not looking forward to it," Schacht said. "I'll be really old."

Schacht has made himself a well-known figure in Rochester's youth music scene, starting to organize and promote shows about six years ago. Three years ago, he made it official, naming his business Wild Card Promotions. (

"I was just bored of going to the Cities all the time," Schacht said. "I figured it was easier to bring the music to me."

Wild Card has organized local performances by bands from Germany and Spain, by western country legend Wayne "The Train" Hancock, and a handful of burlesque shows.

Upcoming events include a double-bill of two rockabilly bands at North Star on Tuesday ( and a third-annual Zombie Walk ( on Oct. 27.

The Zombie Walk is followed by a "Zombie Welcome Show," featuring four "zombied up" bands on the main floor of Kathy's Pub.

"I'm making the best of what (Rochester) is — trying to make this town cool," Schacht said.


A good band performs with high energy, he said.

"I hate to watch a band sit there and play and they're done," he said. "I want to see movement, see people get into their music." 

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