The Flame Then and Now
Originally called Happy Hour bar and then Club Carnival, The Flame Cafe was built as a pop music club in 1938. The venue played host to big bands, Broadway stars and pop singers. The name was changed to the Flame in 1955. The club took a decidedly down home turn and by late 50′s the Flame Cafe was a the Minneapolis hot spot for country music.Country music greats like Dottie West, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, George Jones,Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings and Wanda Jackson all played the Flame when they cam through town. Most of the artists that played there stayed at the old Buckingham Hotel on 15th and Lasalle. I guess that was the big show business hotel in Minneapolis before it was converted into apartments. The Flame also provided a stage for local favorites like Sherwin Linton and the Fender Benders or Artis Wells and her Rhythm Ranch Pals. In the 1970′s the old place experimented with pop and R&B acts but it had frequent police calls and developed a reputation for prostitution. These days the building is home to Great Tapes video production and e learning services.