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The Jonas Brothers’ Family Restaurant Wants Its Waiters to Sing and Play Music

The Jonas Brothers’ Family Restaurant Wants Its Waiters to Sing and Play Music

Kevin Jonas Sr. is looking for his next singing group, but this one will be much bigger.

Are the Jonas Brothers looking to form a new band?

In opening his upcoming restaurant Nellie’s Southern Kitchen in Belmont, North Carolina, Jonas Brothers patriarch Kevin Jonas Sr. plans to stick with a tried a true formula: make them sing for their supper.

On Facebook, Nellie’s announced that it was holding auditions for musically inclined wait staff, restaurant experience not required.

“Singers and musicians wanted: Nellie's Southern Kitchen owner Kevin Jonas, Sr. is holding auditions, by appointment only,” the restaurant announced.

“Nellie's staffers will do more than feed and serve guests; they’ll also be the entertainment. Nellie's wants singers and musicians to help create a lively atmosphere unmatched anywhere in the area. If you love hospitality and can sing or play guitar, bass, fiddle, drums, saxophone, or keyboards, we want to hear from you. Restaurant experience is a plus, but not a requirement. Full- and part-time positions are available. Learn more at [email protected]

In an earlier press release, Nellie’s promised that Kevin, Joe, and Nick “have always loved visiting Belmont” and would be sure to grace the town with their “continued visits.” Could the Jo-Bros be looking for their next bandmate? You heard it here first.


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


Suburbs’ Chan Poling wants to take ‘Love is the Law’ on the road

It started with an acoustic jingle in a Minnesotans United for All Families Internet video during the gay-marriage debate at the Legislature. Since then, Suburbs leader Chan Poling has watched the title of his band’s 1983 classic single “Love is the Law” pepper political speeches and form a kind of musical backdrop for a downtown St. Paul block party of almost the same name.

He’s eager to keep up the momentum.

A few days before state lawmakers cast the first decisive vote in favor of gay-marriage rights on May 9, Poling decided the coalition pushing the “Freedom to Marry” bill needed a theme song. He offered up his own.

Poling’s new wave hit has had a national following since landing on MTV in 1983, and the marriage-equality issue is one that’s close to his family. His 31-year-old year son entered into a civil union with a man from Austria, where same-sex relationships receive more legal recognition than in most U.S. states. The couple live in L.A.

“My son Chandler is in a civil union with his boyfriend, Thomas, in Vienna, which is where Thomas is from,” Poling said Friday, May 17. “And we all want to go to a wedding. It occurred to me that my song ‘Love is the Law’ was the perfect theme song. As a matter of fact, I’m casting my gaze to California, and Illinois (where gay marriage is not legal). We’ll take it on the road.”

Poling, who lives in Prior Lake and is known these days as a member of the jazz band the New Standards, says he’s not kidding. Someone has already doctored T-shirts he designed featuring the song title and an equal sign representing equality. The new shirts incorporate a map of Illinois, where lawmakers are expected to take up marriage-equality legislation later this month.

“People were kind of rallying around the ‘Love is the Law’ slogan, and (Gov. Mark Dayton) used it in his speech,” Poling said. “It only appeared a few days before the vote. This all happened like wildfire. It was really exciting. That’s why I feel it’s like the day after Christmas. I want it to go to other states. And it should go other states need it.”

The theme struck a chord with Joe Spencer, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s director of arts and culture. Shortly after House lawmakers passed the Freedom to Marry bill May 9, Coleman’s staff drew up plans to line the Wabasha Street Bridge with rainbow flags for a week and throw a four-hour “Love is Law” concert at Ecolab Plaza after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The concert featured P.O.S., Hookers and Blow and Zoo Animal. The Suburbs closed out the evening, with Coleman on guitar.

“They didn’t pay me anything. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking,” joked Poling. “I called up my guys. It’s a little harder than you think, because you have to get the staging, and the lighting, and the crew, and all that stuff. Originally, it was going to be Monday or Tuesday, we weren’t sure.”

Most of the original band members were already booked with their own projects Tuesday, but Poling used his powers of persuasion. Chris Osgood, who played a key role in introducing the bandmates to each other 30 years ago, stood in on guitar for Blaine John “Beej” Chaney, who lives in Los Angeles.

“Originally, I was going to try to get some friends together and just play that song,” Poling said. “The fact that it was 99 percent the Suburbs is pretty cool.”


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