Too young to have played at Jay’s Longhorn, John Freeman and The Magnolias were part of the next wave of Minneapolis pop-punk rockers. Formed in 1984, they were mainstays at the 7th St. Entry and released three LP’s on Twin/Tone Records and later earned national acclaim for Off the Hook in 1992.

Still gigging around town, The Mags graciously agreed to perform Jan. 18, 2020 at a screening of Jay’s Longhorn at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis. Here they perform When I’m Not, which was on Twin/Tone’s 1986 Big Hits of Mid-America Volume IV and also a track on Off the Hook.

—Mark Engebretson