The Smoking Flowers

The Smoking Flowers

Mike Nicolai, Doug Collins & The Receptionists

Sat · June 16, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$7 - $10

This event is 21 and over

The Smoking Flowers
The Smoking Flowers
The Smoking Flowers are a rock duo from Nashville, TN. Their style incorporates stylings from roots, alt-country, punk, and folk - bringing a punk attitude and energy to their highly infectious songs while creating a marriage of song and voice that is uniquely their own. Husband and wife team Kim and Scott Collins are both vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. Their sound encompasses a wide range; they have been described as everywhere from “beautifully ragged, sometimes haunting, many times beautifully goofy-grinned and/or playful, pleading, and pledging – but always beautiful.”

The Smoking Flowers capture the same spirit of young lovers in trouble that graced turbulent country-rock classics by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons and even has some of the same manic family-style rock energy of Led Zeppelin or early White Stripes. Moving between old-timey country-rock weepers and high-powered blasts of rootsy power, The Smoking Flowers take cures from past masters, but their unique sound is rooted in their own stories and personal flair.

"A punkish/alt-country/whatever-you-need-it-to-be masterpiece... Kurt Cobain's ratty sweater traded for a CBGB t-shirt and bolo tie." ~ Relix Jambands
Mike Nicolai
Mike Nicolai
Mike Nicolai has been writing and playing songs for over thirty years, starting at the 7th Street Entry with a band called The Draghounds. For most of the last 23 years, he’s been living and playing music in Austin, Texas, playing shows with some of his biggest musical influences and heroes – The Jayhawks, Vic Chesnutt, The Pixies, Willie Nelson, John Doe, Babes in Toyland, Spoon, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Richman, just to name a few. Mike Nicolai has recently returned to the Twin Cities and the Hook & Ladder is proud to welcome him to our stage and back home.
Doug Collins & The Receptionists
Called “one of the most brilliant songwriters to emerge from the Twin Cities in nearly two decades” by southernminn.com, Doug Collins’ hooky mix of Beatle-esque pop and classic country are highlighted in his energetic shows (both solo and with his crack band, The Receptionists), soulful singing, and honest, emotional songs.

His last EP, "Davenport, Iowa", included the title track, which was voted finalist for “Best Song of the Year” in 2013 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, along with the song "Lesbian Wedding", which was voted the same honor in 2014. His most recent release "Complicated Compliments", came out in 2016 and was also recently voted one of the “Best of the Year” by the Star Tribune.
Venue Information:
The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55406