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best weekly jam in minneapolis has endured 30 years (and much more)

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best weekly jam in minneapolis has endured 30 years (and much more)

“i think we’ve entered a new era.”talking after dr. mambo’s combo usual first-of-two weekly gigs last sunday at bunker’s music bar & grill, michael bland wasn’t referring to any changes in music direction or venue. those two facets of the most legendary jam session in minneapolis remain remarkably unchanged over 30 years.no, the mighty drummer and prince alumnus was referencing the fact that a pair of young, neatly trimmed gentlemen showed up to their show wearing man rompers — ultra-trendy jumpsuits cut above the knees, a reminder of at least one major change during the combo’s tenure.“the first time i came down here, i got off the bus and saw a long row of harley-davidsons parked out front and thought, ‘this can’t be the place!’” recalled bland, who was only 16 when he joined the all-star ensemble.“back then, it was this almost-secret part of downtown where the streetlights grew faint, and the parking was free. it was cool, but also very blue-collar.”today, bunker’s is one of the last vestiges of blue-collar attitude in the flourishing corner of downtown minneapolis now known to condo developers and foodie bloggers as the north loop. the century-old brick bar still has a disco ball above the dance floor, a popcorn maker in the back and no hard-to-pronounce cocktails on its menu.dr. mambo’s combo when: every sun. & mon., 9:30 p.m. • where: bunker’s, 761 washington av. n., mpls. • cover: $7 at door, free before 9 p.m.like the venue itse...