Local music: Mallman's Marathon tour

He's planning to go coast to coast in a van this time around.

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Mark Mallman during his 2010 marathon.

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If I were to tell you that a local musician has somehow devised a plan to perform nonstop in a van on a road trip from New York to Los Angeles, would I even need to name the local musician?

Details are still being mapped out (literally), but Mark Mallman has dreamt up just such a venture for his Marathon 4 in mid-September. A posting on Facebook promises "gas, food, bandwidth + nonstop music" under a photo of an old conversion van. The sci-fi loving piano rocker will be wired up "Running Man"-like to create music while he sleeps using brain waves and heartbeats. He will also be picking up musicians at stops along the way to participate.

Mallman's previous three marathons took place at the Turf Club, including the last (and longest) one in October 2010 with 110 backing musicians and 78 hours of continuous music. There's not even a local pit stop planned this time, but we'll get his album release party Oct. 13 at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.

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From the same planners who bring us the Red Stag and Barbette Bastille Day block parties, the inaugural Pat's Tap Block Party will be held Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. with music by Romantica, Mariachi Estrella, Chokecherry, the Cactus Blossoms and more. The party will also feature the SooVAC Gallery's interactive Sideshow Soo (3510 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., free, all ages). ... The Bryant-Lake Bowl Block Party was rescheduled and reimagined this year as the get-out-the-vote Rock for Democracy Block Party, happening Sept. 9 with Mr. Mallman, Heiruspecs, Zoo Animal, Me and My Arrow and more. ...

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chrisr@startribune.com • 612-673-4658 • Twitter: @ChrisRstrib

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