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Dispute ends popular 'Trashy Xmas Concerts' at Twin Cities bar


A dispute has brought an end to a Christmas tradition dating back 22 years at Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis.

Trailer Trash's Trashy Little Xmas Concerts have built up a cult following over the past two decades, but the band will no longer perform at the bar on Glenwood Avenue following a disagreement with its new owners.

In a posting on Facebook, the country, swing, R&B and rockabilly band said "irreconcilable differences" led to it severing ties with the venue of its popular Holiday shows.

But fans will still be able to get their fix of Trailer Trash's inimitable take on Christmas, with the show planned for this Saturday being moved to The Aster Cafe at 125 SE Main St.; tickets bought for Lee's will be honored.

The band has also said it is "reviewing offers from venues on both sides of the Mississippi" for the four remaining shows that they had planned for Lee's on the 12th, 18th, 19th and 23rd, and details of the new venues will be listed on its website when confirmed.

Band leader Nate Dungan told the Star Tribune the bar had "made us an offer we had to refuse," citing several alterations to their long-time agreement with the bar.

Lee's Liquor Lounge owner Craig Kruckeberg meanwhile said the dispute was over the number of advance tickets sold for the event, which he says was over the bar's legal 203-person capacity, though the newspaper notes that ticket holders tend to "come and go" as the band plays several sets over the course of 4 hours.

MPR reports that Kruckeberg bought Lee's back in May, after previous owner – 80-year-old Louis Sirian – reluctantly sold it as he couldn't guarantee he would stay healthy.

At the time, Kruckeberg told the news organization he bought the bar "in order to save it" lest it go the same way as another iconic Minneapolis bar, Nye's Polonaise, which is being redeveloped.

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