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McNally Smith Ensembles Hit St. Paul Clubs for LIVE Venue Nights

McNally Smith College of Music will be showing off some its top ensembles at Off-Campus LIVE Venue Nights in December. The Artists’ Quarter, listed by DownBeat Magazine as one of “100 Great Jazz Clubs” in the world, and O’Gara’s Garage, a legendary St. Paul institution, will host the events, which are open to the public. The McNally Smith community is encouraged to come out in force. Not only is it a show of support for McNally Smith students and a chance to hear some great music, but it also encourages Twin Cities clubs to continue booking McNally Smith acts throughout the year. These shows are all ages, and there is no cover charge. There will also be two In-House Venue Nights in December that will definitely rock The McNally Smith Café. Here’s what’s happening in December:

Off-Campus McNally Smith LIVE Venue Nights

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Artists’ Quarter. Visiting this jazz club, down the stairs from the street level in the Historic Hamm Building, is like visiting New York City in the 1960s (except that it’s only a short walk from the McNally Smith campus). The AQ has hosted the top legends in jazz, and is known for helping establish brilliant young careers. McNally Smith’s Venue Night at the AQ features the following ensembles: World Percussion, X-Tet 2, Latin, and Jazz I. The AQ is located in downtown St. Paul at 7th Place and St. Peter Street, downstairs from Great Waters Brewing Co.

Monday, December 8, 2008, 7:00 – 10:30 PM, O’Gara’s Garage. Since 1941, O’Gara’s Bar & Grill has been one of the classic Irish joints in St. Paul. The addition of O’Gara’s Garage in 1985, with its spacious stage and top-notch sound system, has made O’Gara’s one of the Twin Cities’ great rock venues. McNally Smith’s first Venue Night at O’Gara’s features the following ensembles: Fusion, R&B I, Rock I and Creative II. O’Gara’s Garage is located at 164 Snelling Ave. No. (at the corner of Snelling and Selby) in St. Paul.

Thursday, December 11, 2008, 7:00 – 10:30 PM, O’Gara’s Garage. McNally Smith returns to O’Gara’s with the following ensembles: Blues, Creative III, Country and Rock II.

In-House McNally Smith LIVE Venue Nights

McNally Smith is holding two outstanding In-House Venue Nights in December:

Monday, December 1, 2008, 5:30 – 9:00 PM, The Café. December kicks off with a night in The Café featuring the following ensembles: Rock IV, Rock III, Heavy Metal, Creative I and Blues II.

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 5:30 – 9:00, The Café. McNally Smith’s second December In-House Venue Night features the following ensembles: World Vocal, Guitar I, Variety II, Variety I, Variety II and the Faison Ensemble.

Tis’ the season to get out and hear the music of McNally Smith.