MUSIC | Mark Mallman’s Marathon 3: “This is just for fun”

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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.


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Andrea Swensson blogs Mark Mallman's Marathon 3 at the Turf Club


Above: City Pages music editor Andrea Swensson, live-blogging the marathon.


Juggler at the Turf Club


Turf Club window


Cyn Collins smiling


Above: Daily Planet contributor Cyn Collins


Bartender smoking


Meredith Westin checks photos


Above: Meredith Westin


Turf Club


Twins losing


Above: As Mallman played, patrons watched the Minnesota Twins lose a playoff game to the New York Yankees


Spruce Tree Center


Above: Spruce Tree Center, across University Avenue from the Turf Club


Outside 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.


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Above: Jake BadNraD on drums.


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Aaron Landry eats mints


Above: Social media guru Aaron Landry eats mints in the City Pages blogging booth.


Nicole Godiva


Above: Mallman’s Waxx Maxx bandmate Nicole Godiva offered samples of Coconut Bliss.


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


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.


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


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.


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


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.


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3


Mark Mallman Marathon 3