Greazy Meal was the house band every Sunday evening at The Cabooze Bar in Minneapolis, MN for 2 1/2 years, 1995 into 1997, after which they discontinued their regular house gig to explore opportunities around the rest of the country. Due to popular demand, they returned to the Cabooze for Sunday nights through the last three months of 1998.
Greazy Meal began in 1995 when a group of Minneapolis musicians who shared a love for the soul and R&B classics of the 70’s and 80’s threw together a weekly house gig at the Cabooze, a popular club for live music on the West Bank in Minneapolis.
The vibe was very casual and the band stretched classic Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield tunes into long funky jams that allowed the musicians to showcase their formidable instrumental talents. A couch was added to the stage decor to add to the soulful “house party” vibe, and it wasn’t long before their Sunday night shows were packing in 700-1000 people even on the coldest nights of Winter.
As word spread , famous guests began to drop in on the Greazy shows, including Lisa Loeb who chilled on the Greazy Couch, and Chaka Khan who sat in with the Meal on her classic “Tell Me Something Good.”
In 1996, the band released their first CD of original tunes that leaned heavily on their funky/soul beginnings. That disc, “Visualize World Greaze” was soon followed by a remix album of those songs entitled “Digitalize World Greaze”. They released their 3rd CD in the Summer of 1998, entitled “Gravy”.
In the summer of 1999, after a long and interesting run, The Meal called it quits. Then, in January of 2003, they decided to get together to perform a series of shows at the Cabooze for a benefit aiding the people of Zimbabwe. The shows were a tremendous success, selling out two of three nights. Audience and band alike had a tremendous time, leaving open the question of whether they would play any more shows in the future. That’s yet to be determined, but anything’s possible at this point.
Members of the band have played with The Artist, Jessie Johnson, The Commodores, and The Rembrandts. The Meal has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“One listen to the disc and it becomes readily apparent why this Supercalifunkarockous group is consistently drawing turn away crowds.”
-St. Paul Pioneer Press
“By offering inspirational soul music in a comfortable and artistic atmosphere, Greazy Meal attracts nearly 1000 each week, crossing musical boundaries, racial lines and generation gaps.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
“…A Sunday Night sensation.”
-Chicago Sun Times