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Cabooze hires away King of the Fine Line

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Clubs, Minnesota musicians Updated: June 5, 2012 - 5:18 PM

 

The two Kims at the Fine Line last week (King, left, and Lil). / Photo by Brian Grenz

The two Kims at the Fine Line last week (King, left, and Lil). / Photo by Brian Grenz

A ringleader at the Fine Line Music Café for 12 years — long enough to be synonymous with the venue in the eyes of many bands and booking agents — Kim King has left her position to become the Cabooze’s new national talent buyer. She said her hiring is just one of several changes afoot at the West Bank’s biggest venue that will “make it more artist- and patron-friendly.” King will be sharing her new duties with Jason Aukes, who has been doubling as a manager and booker at the Cabooze since former talent buyer James "Taco" Martin got sucked up by Austin, Texas, in 2010. 

“I feel like it’s a totally under-utilized space for the capacity it has, so I’m excited and up for the challenge,” King said.

Adding to the workload is the fact that King also tour manages for the reigniting Soul Asylum, duties she chalked up to honing “very different skill sets.” She left on good terms at the Fine Line, with last week’s Lil Kim concert being something of a fitting namesake grand finale. Her old venue is even hosting a farewell party for King on Sunday afternoon. “I love and will miss them all, and I expect we will be doing some shows together,” she said.
 

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