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A fond farewell to Empty Bottle floor manager Bob Johnson

Plus: A Manny Muscles benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a ‘Shitty Punk Birthday’ for Psalm One, and more

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Empty Bottle floor manager Bob Johnson may look surly, but that's never fooled Gossip Wolf—though he's never had to toss us out for acting a fool, either! As longtime patrons and local musicians know, Bob's back-cracking hugs have been the highlight of any night at the club since he started working door in June 2003. Johnson's last shift is Sunday, July 17, and he tells Gossip Wolf that he's moving to Minneapolis soon thereafter: "It's time to make a change. If I don't leave now, I never will." When pressed about his all-time favorite Empty Bottle gig, Johnson mentions "the Lightning Bolt show where the crowd passed around Brian Chippendale on his drum kit and he kept playing. That was pretty fucking cool." So are you, Bob! You'll be missed!

On Thursday, June 30, Manny Rodriguez (aka DJ Manny Muscles and co-­owner of streetwear boutique Jugrnaut) hosts Manny Muscles for Muscles: A Muscular Dystrophy Benefit. The event is a fancy dinner at Sub 51 (51 W. Hubbard), and Manny will spin. Tickets are a bit pricey at $100, but it's for a great cause: some of the proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the rest help pay for summer camp for kids with muscular dystrophy. Attendees will dine alongside the likes of Fake Shore Drive founder Andrew Barber, fashion designer Anna Hovet, in-demand producer C-Sick, street artist Ali 6, and Ken Bennett—he's director of the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement, but most hip-hop fans know him as dad to rappers Taylor and Chance. Buy tickets or donate at mannymuscles.com.

Local rapper Psalm One throws a "Shitty Punk Birthday" party at the Hideout on Friday, July 1—and it actually sounds pretty unshitty! In addition to the woman herself, a slew of guests will perform, including Celine Neon, ShowYouSuck, Angelenah, and DJ All the Way Kay—and don't miss the Jell-O wrestling, drink specials, and free food from Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill!  v

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