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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.


The best Twin Cities bars with student discounts

It's back to school time for Minnesota college students and that means socializing on a budget. Luckily, Minneapolis and St. Paul offer solutions for young adults that are strapped for cash. WCCO-TV has a list of the best bars with a "college night."

Four Twin Cities eateries among the 250 “Most Popular High-End Restaurants”

Urbanspoon, an online reservation website, considered 600,000 fine-dinning restaurants and millions of reviews. Chino Latino, Fogo de Chao, La Belle Vie and Oceanaire Seafood Room are the four Minnesota restaurants that made the list.