BRIEFS Enjoy the blues with a crawdad or two

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue -- but not in that order

Blues news

Looking for something new? Check out the first-ever Crawdad Festival July 21 at Blues in Chatfield.

The fest will feature the funky blues sound of the Twin Cities-based band Niterail. On the menu of course will be crayfish, both fried and as crawdad ettoufe to be served up at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the blues joint.

Beads and T-shirts will add to even more southern hospitality to the party.


Music starts at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Blues is located at 129 S. Main in Chatfield.

Final note

Fans of the Rochester-based power-pop trio Cesto may have been blue when guitarist Ben Hamilton moved to Texas. But Hamilton is back and ready to paint the town red with old buddies Ben Van Steinberg (bass and vocals) and Jessie Bradley (drums).

Cesto will perform one last show July 21 at the Brickyard Bar and Grille, 1652 U.S. 52 N. next to the former Bon's Buffet in Rochester.

Eric Nelson will open the show. Music starts between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Admission is free for ages 21 and older, $5 for ages 18 and up.

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French connection

Ooo, la, la, Rochester's Savvy Singles borrowed a French tradition for the next happy hour.

It's said that once a year the single women of France organize a "Best of the Men" party during which they invite the finest homme (stud) they know to meet their single femme fatales (hot friends.)

The party will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 21 on the rooftop patio at the Best Western Soldier's Field, 401 Sixth St. S.W. in Rochester. Complementary hors d'oeuvres will be served until 7:30 p.m.

Men do not have to be invited by a woman to attend.

Admission is $8 if you RSVP to by Tuesday, or $10 at the door.

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Save the date, the British are coming


Rocking it old school -- Beatles Bash 2006 doesn't take place until Aug. 26, but the day-long music tribute is expected to be as fab as the Fab Four.

Headlining the event is British Export, which is described as one of the best Beatles tribute bands in the country. Stockwood, "the world's youngest" Beatles tribute band made up of four preteens, will also perform. The day also features karaoke, movies and music by Lost Faculties.

It all starts at noon at The Relay Station in Mantorville. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate.

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