Ahead of The Cantina Strikes Back: A Star Wars Dance Party, we got to ask Jake Rudh a few questions. Read what they had to say below, and don’t miss them at First Avenue this Saturday, December 9th. 

Note: a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Toys for Tots. Costume attire is encouraged. 

Mackenzie O’Reilly: What Star Wars costume are you most looking forward to seeing at The Cantina Strikes Back Transmission Event?

Jake Rudh: I'm always a sucker for an old-school Stormtrooper uniform, though a Snowtrooper, Biker Scout, and/or an Imperial Gunner/Engineer sighting would be amazing to see (NERD ALERT)! P.S. I've been told that at least two of those will be making appearances Saturday night.

MO: If you could be any character in the Star Wars series, who would you be?

JR: It would have to be Luke because he's still alive! Though secretly, it would be pretty sweet to play Boba Fett ... because Boba Fett.

MO: What do you want listeners of your Transmission show to get out of it?

JR: Simply that if you groove on Star Wars like many of us do, First Avenue is definitely the place you're going to want to be on December 9th. I can speak through experience from the last Star Wars party I hosted there, the biggest fans in the Twin Cities show up in all of their galactic glory!

MO: You said on your show you regret not seeing the Cocteau Twins & The Smiths in concert. What First Avenue concert do you think your audience should not miss?

JR: Upcoming shows in the Transmission wheelhouse that are recommended include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on 2/11, Peter Perrett (of The Only Ones) at The Turf on 3/7, They Might Be Giants on 3/15, OMD on 3/18, The Wedding Present at The Turf on 3/27, Yo La Tengo on 3/28, The Soft Moon & Boy Harsher at The Turf on 4/2, Cigarettes After Sex on 4/15, Marshall Crenshaw at The Turf on 4/19, Franz Ferdinand on 4/27 & Joy Division / New Order's Peter Hook & the Light on 5/7. That's not including the other 30 bands I'd love to see between now and May that have been announced. I have a problem.

MO: What do you think about the direction current music is going?

JR: People ask me if I enjoy current music as I'm known for mainly playing tunes heavily based in the '60s—the early 2000s. I love digging into the history of bands and their influences, but I also love loads of current music as well. I have to. I own a DJ company, and I wouldn't be doing a good job at owning a DJ company if I didn't pay attention to what's going on in music today.

MO: You talk a lot about Stranger Things on social media. In one word, what was your reaction to season 2?

JR: "Bitchin." (Eleven)

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