Here Come The Mummies Make It Shake at Varsity Theater

Here Come The Mummies at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, October 1, 2023. (Photo by Jess Beck)

JESS BECK | Go Venue Magazine

Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your bandages. October 1st, 2023 will go down as probably the liveliest undead party since 3000 BC. Last night in Minneapolis, Here Come The Mummies rolled into the Varsity Theater and let me tell you, it was a mummified extravaganza that left the audience wrapped up in a frenzy of funk, soul, and sarcophagus-sized grooves. Talk about a way to kick off spooky season.

First things first, let’s talk about that entrance. These dudes don’t just walk onto the stage like your average band; they emerge from the back door (see what they did there?) dressed head-to-toe like actual mummies and playing LED marching drums.

No shit.

Like they just stepped out of some neon Egyptian rave.

Like they’ve been partying in the afterlife for centuries and decided to grace us mere mortals with their undead presence.

As for the music, they hit us with classics like “Pants,” “Freak Flag,” and “Ra Ra Ra“. These guys have to be some of the most talented musicians you’ll see live. I’d name-drop these talented humans, but anonymity is kiiiiiiiinda their thing. If you’re not familiar with their music, what are you even doing? Just don’t play it around the kids.


The venue quickly morphed into a funky, party-filled dance pit, with fans of all ages Making It Shake like there was no tomorrow. And speaking of bandages, these guys were dressed to impress. Their mummy attire was on point, with each member looking like they just stepped out of a pharaoh’s wardrobe. It’s hard to rock white cotton wrappings and face paint, but they fucking DID. And they did it all while maintaining some SERIOUS energy, keeping up with choreography, and switching instruments so many times I lost count.

But the highlight of the night had to be the multi-sax battle. I mean, who knew that mummies could shred like that? Two Mummies on stage, each wielding not one but two saxophones, unleashing a cacophony of brass that would make King Tut himself do the moonwalk in his tomb. It was like a saxophone showdown between the living dead, and the crowd ate it up.

Before the Mummies took the stage, we were treated to a jam-tastic set by Perpetual Groove. These guys were so jammy; you’d think they were making a giant PB&J sandwich up there. Their psychedelic jams set the tone for the night, and the crowd was vibing hard.

All in all, it was a night of music and mayhem that only Here Come The Mummies could deliver. If you missed it, you missed out on an energetic, funky, and irreverently good time. But don’t worry; I’m sure these undead party animals will be back to resurrect the groove in Minneapolis soon enough.

Until then, keep your mummy dance moves sharp and your bandages tighter than ever, because Here Come The Mummies are always ready to funk you up!

Special thanks to the staff at Varsity Theater for making this a fun, safe party for everyone! Minneapolis has some of the best venue staff I’ve met, and it really makes all the difference. As for the rest of you concert junkies, keep being excellent to each other, remember deodorant, and we’ll catch you at the next one!

Here Come The Mummies

Perpetual Grove

All images © Jess Beck

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