Washington Square Bar & Grill

Washington Square Bar & Grill

4736 Washington Square
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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Serving breakfast, lunch,
dinner and drinks

8 am – 1 am
7 days a week

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APRIL 2015
April 2, Thursday
Live Music
Terry Dubois

"After years of touring as a headliner and as an opening act for bands lik Ted Nugent, Molly Hatchet, Savoy Brown  and  Pat Travers and recording  with members of McCartney and Wings, Mike and the Mechanics, The Pretenders, Meatloaf, and Boys Don't Cry, Terry has settled in the Minneapolis area, working with area favorites such as The Mixx, The White Sidewalls, Blazer, Pizazz Band, Susie and the Studmuffins, Blue Backbone and Inside Out, to name a few."                                                                         

"Now performing as a solo artist, he blends his soulful singing style with a warm acoustic sound, bringing to life four decades of classic pop/rock favorites. Add some original selections, sprinkle in a dash of good humor and you're sure to be entertained!"

April 9, Thursday
Live Music
Lisa Wenger and Billy Larson

"What can you say about Lisa Wenger? She's a beautiful, talented and passionate performer. A fixture on the Twin Cities Blues scene for nearly a decade now; Lisa has through various incarnations delivered a funked up, stripped down, wall shakin' and house rockin' blend of blues based American roots music."

April 16, Thursday
Live Music
3- 5 pm HAPPY HOUR
Javier Matos


"Every so often a guitar player comes out of nowhere to knock you off your feet...Javier Matos is such a player. He can play bottleneck slide blues like he was born with a National guitar in his hands. He has a confident solid vocal talent to boot, packing a solid punch behind his fierce guitar attack." Tim Sheridan~All music guide

"In a time when blues is defined by a boring tendency for slick or overzealous distortion, Matos isn't afraid to keep it real and make it bleed." Ian Power~MN Daily

"Clear, powerful, soulful, mature, menacing, uproarious and infernal" James Norton~ Heavytable.com

April 23, Thursday
Live Music
3- 5 pm HAPPY HOUR
Gary LaRue

Gary LaRue specializes in crooning the hits of the Rat Pack era. Songs made famous by entertainment legends such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin and many more.  Gary not only sings the songs like the crooners he emulates but he entertains the audience with fun interaction including stepping out into the crowd and singing directly to various audience members.  He even gets them up dancing!  Step back to a time when romance and the Great American Songbook ruled the world.   Come and enjoy great food, music and dancing, come and enjoy, Gary LaRue.

April 25, Saturday
Live Music
9 pm - midnight
Joe Cruz and Scenic Roots

Scenic Roots

Folk-Rock World-Roots

This eclectic trio brings to the stage a vast array of styles, sounds and
influences, painting a broad spectrum of musical landscapes.

The ensemble is led by multi-stringed instrumentalist Joe Cruz, who
entertains with an arsenal of acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin,
and Dobro, and sings songs from such great artists as Paul Simon,
Eric Clapton and Ben Harper, to name a few. He takes you into the
realms of jazz and blues, and transcends into infectious Latin beats
and shredding electric guitar a la Santana. Back in the engine room
holding down the drums, Joel Arpin offers up rhythms and beats from
reggae to samba, swing to swampy two-beat, African rhythms to
funky R & B backbeat, creating a wave for all to ride. The foundation
and bottom end of the group is commanded by bassist Kevin Rowe.
A solid groovemeister and skilled improviser, he brings a worldly
sophisticated sensibility with a background in classical music, along
with jazz and world beat.

April 30, Thursday
Live Music
3- 5 pm HAPPY HOUR
Scottie Miller

Scottie Miller, (also known as Scottie “Bones” Miller) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His musical style is a combination of blues, soul, funk and jazz.  “Sounds like Dr. John meets The Band at Bruce Springsteen’s house.  Highly recommended.”  Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine.  (Quite the comparison, and he backs it up with high energy performance, creative song writing, dramatic lyrics and impeccable piano playing.)

He performs worldwide as a solo-artist, or with the incredibly funky “SMB” (Scottie Miller Band),  (which features drummer Mark O’Day, guitarist Joe Cruz, and bassist Kevin Rowe).

Recent theater performances find Scottie adding string quartet to the mix, further breaking the boundaries of style and genre.  This ”blues-pianist” shows again and again how versatile his

music can be with blues, jazz, classical, funk and soul influences that blend together seamlessly.

Scottie is also the touring keyboardist for 2010 Grammy nominee and multi-BMA recipient Ruthie Foster & The Family Band.  He appears on her "Live At Antone's"-Ruthie Foster Family Band.  “DVD Of The Year” (2012 Blues Music Awards (BMA’s)).

MAY 2015
May 3, Sunday
Live Music
6-8 PM on the patio

The return of Sunday night music on the patio with a long time Washington Square favorite!

May 7, Thursday
Live Music
Joe Carey
"St. Paul rock ’n’ roll singer-songwriter Joe Carey has got his own thing going on. A self-proclaimed “soulful roots rock” performer, Carey plays vocal-driven, guitar-heavy stuff reminiscent of what would happen if The Black Crowes played a friend’s barbecue. It’s upbeat, driving rock for the kind of folks who say the Foo Fighters are the best thing Dave Grohl has ever done, and the kind of folks who mean it. That’s the thing to take away from Carey: He knows what he likes, and that’s what he plays. And he’s not alone; there’s a good portion of America represented by this guy—that’s both Steve Perry’s America and REO Speedwagons’. Does that America belong to all of us? Maybe a little, if we’re kind of drunk."
A.V. Club - The Onion (Feb 1, 2012)

May 14, Thursday
Live Music
Joe Cruz

Joe Cruz is regarded as one of the most versatile and energetic multi-stringed instrumentalists on the Twin Cities music scene. Throughout his 30-year career, this passionate musician has developed a vast array of styles (Jazz, Rock, R&B, Latin, reggae, country, bluegrass and folk.) In addition to his primary instruments, acoustic and electric guitar and mandolin, Joe also plays Cuban trs, Puerto Rican cuatro, banjo and dobro. Joe has been engaged by The Childrens Theater Company for several productions. He currently plays solo shows and with his band Scenic Roots. Also performs with, Brian Wicklund and The Barley jacks, guitar/vocal jazz duo Cruz with Roxy, and blues piano man Scottie Miller . Also a composer, Joe has an extensive repertoire of original compositions.

May 21, Thursday
Live Music
3- 5 pm HAPPY HOUR
Nick Hensley

Nick Hensley is the former lead singer and co writer of The District, a regional act from the upper Midwest, co based out of St. Paul, MN and Chicago, IL. He created Love Songs For Angry Men shortly after The District called it quits in 2002. Hensleys alias, stage name and alter ego, Love Songs For Angry Men, was born to get people curious, talking and through the doors. Now, ten years later, its the title of his first solo and also used as a general band name for the duo, trio and even the 7 piece band.