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Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge Hosts: “Pride Party at The Hook” with Venus DeMars & ATPH, Big Salt, Spit Takes, & Transcendence Cabaret – Sponsored by Summit Brewing Co.

“Pride Party at The Hook”

with Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses, Big Salt, Spit Takes, DJ Demonica + DJ Lydie-Boy, & Transcendence Cabaret

Kick off Pride weekend in the Twin Cities at ‘Pride Party at The Hook.’ 2 full stages of bands, djs, and drag with Venus DeMars & All the Pretty Horses, Big Salt, Spit Takes, Dj Demonica, Dj Lydie-Boy, and Transcendence Cabaret brings you 2 full sets of multiple acts inside the theater between bands. Transcendence Cabaret Producer/ Director Eun Bee Yes emcees the show. Presented by Hook and Ladder Theater and Twin Cities Gay Scene.


Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses blends the influences of artists such as Bowie and Sex Pistols with a dose of heavy guitar rock and outrageous costumes, into a self-described Glam-Punk Trans-Band.

Big Salt 
add post-punk revival energy to raw and bluesy powerhouse vocals and rhythms to make a growling wall of garage rock sound

Spit Takes is a punk band out of Minneapolis formed in 2023. Lead singer VansAnn delivers wry, unrepentant observations on misogyny, sexuality, and theology from a very personal perspective, while the band serves up catchy melodies and driving beats. Spit Takes’ releases have drawn “…direct comparisons to one of the leading bands of the first wave punk scene, X-Ray Spex, led by vocalist Poly Styrene,” and garnered enthusiastic reviews: “…big riffs and thunderous drumming paired with mosh-pit friendly hooks and choruses. At its core, it’s a hilarious and defiantly crude, feminist anthem delivered with a zero f*cks given aplomb.”

Transcendence Cabaret is a primarily BIPOC transgender/nonbinary/agender/genderfluid/two spirit troupe that brings you 2 full sets of multiple acts inside the theater between bands

DJ Lydie-Boy spins electronic dance music, dance-pop, electropop and bubblegum pop, mid 2000’s pop

DJ Demonica spins classic punk, psychobilly, post punk, garage,  indie, new wave, and everything in between


Click here to learn more & buy tickets.

The Award-Winning* Under the Canopy series at The Hook & Ladder Theater returns with its uniquely seasonal urban footprint to the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis in 2024. *Voted Best in MN 2021 by Star Tribune readers.
The Hook has committed to having a food truck Under the Canopy throughout the 2024 season for our guests. Come hungry and enjoy dinner with the show!

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