She helped make one of the Twin Cities’ best-known venues what it is today, and tomorrow Leah Rule will be given a send-off at another local live music haven.
The Cedar Cultural Center is hosting a memorial for the longtime Turf Club maven/matron on Friday from 4-10 p.m. Rule, 44, died on Dec. 21 after a nearly two-year battle with cancer of unknown primary (originally thought to be ovarian cancer). She and husband Rob Rule have been living in rural Wisconsin for the past half-decade but maintained close ties to the Twin Cities music community, which will get a chance to show its love at Friday’s tribute.
Musicians including Molly Maher, Rich Mattson with Germaine Gemberling, Terry Walsh and Jennifer Markey are slated to sing a couple songs each at the Cedar. They will perform purely unplugged, i.e. no amplification, which makes the Cedar a fitting setting. Rob will also perform some tunes with his Mammy Nuns bandmate Dennis Hildreth (Leah was the bassist in their group). Her siblings Greg and Jaime Strom and best friend Dana Kassel are also expected to speak, and a slideshow will be playing throughout the memorial with an accompanying soundtrack straight off of Leah’s own iPod. Among the songs will be cuts from the in-the-works “Rock for the Rules, Vol. 2” benefit/tribute album.
“These are all Leah's wishes,” Rob said. “She always was a planner and visionary.”