With a live stream, live blogging by City Pages and others, and of course a Twitter hashtag, Mark Mallman‘s Marathon 3—a 78-hour performance underway right now at St. Paul’s Turf Club—is one of the most exhaustively documented events in the history of Twin Cities music. Here’s our contribution.
Day 1: Thursday, October 7
Photographer Meredith Westin and I arrived around 6 p.m.—two hours after the performance began. Watch for Meredith’s photos of Mallman and his accompanying musicians; here are my photos of the bar and its patrons.
Above: City Pages music editor Andrea Swensson, live-blogging the marathon.
Above: Daily Planet contributor Cyn Collins
Above: Meredith Westin
Above: As Mallman played, patrons watched the Minnesota Twins lose a playoff game to the New York Yankees
Above: Spruce Tree Center, across University Avenue from the Turf Club
Day 2: Friday, October 8
I arrived around 10:30 p.m. to find the club full of people looking on with interest and awe as Mallman broke the 30-hour mark. The air was cloudy with smoke from a fire that had broken out on the north side of University just east of Snelling, but inside the Turf Club the show continued. I left just as Har Mar Superstar walked in the door to get ready for his midnight shift onstage with Mallman.
Above: Jake BadNraD on drums.
Above: Social media guru Aaron Landry eats mints in the City Pages blogging booth.
Above: Mallman’s Waxx Maxx bandmate Nicole Godiva offered samples of Coconut Bliss.
Above: Bobby Kahn keeps the flame alive.
Day 3: Saturday, October 9
I arrived at noon, just after a band changeover. With a small audience, Mallman was in ambling drone mode, looking and sounding more and more like Lou Reed’s younger brother.
Day 4: Sunday, October 10
The energy is high here at the Turf Club today as Mallman nears the conclusion of his epic performance. By the time the doors opened at noon, about a dozen people were already waiting to enter. By 1 p.m., the band was rocking full throttle, with Ashley Sierra and Carl Atiya Swanson dancing vigorously. As I type, a man at the adjacent table is drinking a bottle of Bud and bawling encouragement while his friend taps a walking cane to the music.
I returned shortly after 7 p.m. to check in as the marathon neared its finale, though I had to leave before the performance’s conclusion to appear on Freaky Deeky. With the energy high, music fans from across the Twin Cities crowded into the Turf as wide-eyed spectators around the world tuned in to the live video streaming online. See Chuck Olsen’s video of the marathon’s final moments here.