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Ask a Cool Person: Raymond Albright

Photo by Andrea Swensson/MPR

Each week on the Local Show, we’ll meet a new person from the Minnesota music community who has some fresh discoveries to share in a feature called “Ask a Cool Person.” These people will come from all corners of the scene, including record store clerks, recording studio engineers and producers, artists, writers, bookers, photographers, and fans.

This week’s “Cool Person” is the avid showgoer Raymond Albright, who also promotes shows around the Twin Cities under the name Brick Management.

Andrea Swensson: I see you at shows all the time, Ray. Tell me more about your role in the local scene here.

Raymond Albright: I’m a total local music fan, since back in the day, Central High and the whole fun stuff of Time and the Prince. Now I’m able to attend shows and do some independent promo as well. I’m just a total booster for the Minneapolis music scene; it’s one of the best in the world, no doubt about it.

How do you find new music?

I do go out a lot, and that can be one of the best ways. You never know what you’re going to find. That magic moment when a performer knocks your socks off — that’s happened to me more than a few times, locally.

What did you bring in to share?

Elizabeth Ghandour and the Heighburners are a local Americana band, I’ve had the privilege to book them at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in downtown Minneapolis. If you like Americana, she’s the real deal. They are going to be at the 331 this Tuesday night.

Cadence and the Wolf are what I like to call the Minneapolis version of the Runaways, and a little bit of the Go-Gos mixed in, too. They are part of the She Rock She Rock community, and they’ve played for me at a few venues around town. They’re actually going to be at Honey on Sunday night (tonight!).

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And the third pick is a landmark project in the making: The Warehouse Barbarians led by Zannman. It’s 100 cuts that have been recorded over the past 35 years, and 75% of the artists are Twin Cities community players, including Grammy winners and the whole nine yards. He’s known as the Zannman, and you’re going to be hearing that name, believe it.