Saturday: The Hot Club & Feb Music

It’s the weekend! Excellent. I found myself watching an episode of Midsomer Murders the other day and thinking of our Welsh publican John Dingley (an armchair ornithologist) and Minnesota’s very own Birdchick. The episode was titled “Birds of Prey” and comes from the series’ sixth season. Those who attend the Birds and the Beers gatherings or who plan to give it a visit here at Merlins, hey: look for that Midsomer episode! Raptors and a murder mystery. A fine English tradition.

(They even mention merlins in that episode.)

So: We’ve got the Hot Club of East Lake in the pub tonight. Music starts around 9 pm. These cats can lay down the jazz, so we suggest you pick it up. Good time, great tunes. See you tonight!


Keep in mind we serve brunch on the weekends, 9 am – 2 pm. Traditional Irish and British breakfasts, American classics, hot coffee and more. It’s gotten very good reviews. So sample it and add yours!


As noted in recent entries, February is going to be a fun, busy month with loads of gatherings in the pub. Keep up on that with the Events page. As for our Thursday night music lineup, here’s the latest:

* Thursday, February 7Single-Malt Scotch Tasting (7:30 PM) with Celtic music to follow

* Thursday, February 14Valentines Day with the Mosher/Extrand Experiment playing romantic blues with love songs before and after Mosher/Extrand’s set. Also, there will be red roses on the tables and various other Valentines-style activities including poems. Mosher/Exstrand play around 9 PM.
* Thursday, February 21 – Cooker John‘s soulful guitar is a sonic gem. And he just might bring along some unusually competent musicians. Music around 9 PM.

* Thursday, February 28 – Dino and the Dinosaurs are bringing the blues. Music around 9 PM.

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