It’s been trickling back for weeks now, but live music may have not officially returned to Minneapolis until Dr. Mambo’s Combo finally performed again Sunday night. The moment arrived with a flood of emotions.
Sunday’s performance outside the Hook & Ladder Theater was the Prince-adored all-star group’s first performance in 15 months. That’s quite a cruel break for a band that played twice a week for 34 years at the still-shuttered downtown nightlife mainstay Bunker’s.
The show was also supposed to be guitarist and de facto leader Billy Franze’s anti-retirement party. The 72-year-old music veteran took last year’s pandemic as