There are few things in the Twin Cities that kick off the holiday season more emphatically than Ike Reilly's annual Thanksgiving show. Drunk dude-bros, drunk indie kids, and drunk gray-hairs alike pack sardine-like into First Ave, hollering along to every song with an unmatched sense of camaraderie. In previous years, the show's just been one hell of a party, with the exhausted band finally leaving the stage a few minutes before bar close after playing most of their extensive library. This year promises to be no less wild, but the Assassination has added a genuine holiday hook. The full proceeds from the show will be donated to local cancer victim Takashi Yoshino, whose story seems a little reminiscent of an Ike tune: A recovered heroin addict, Yoshino has been working for nearly 20 years as a counselor helping others recover from addiction and get off the street. At the risk of sounding corny, maybe shouting the lyrics to "Put a Little Love in It" through a rum-and-coke haze will have a little more meaning this year. With Little Man and the Alarmists. 18+. $12/$15 at the door. 7:30 p.m. 701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.
Wed., Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2008