The eclectic lineup alone is bound to get a wide variety of local music fans snatching up tickets to this benefit concert, and the fact that it's for a good cause only ups the ante. The Electric Fetus Reborn will feature the re-emergence of Cloud Cult, who have been off the tour circuit for the past six months as lead singer Craig Minowa and his wife Connie had a child. According to a recent press release, Minowa has spent their hiatus working on new material (they have a new album in the works, set to be released later this year), so their set at First Ave will likely feature some unreleased songs—but get there early, as the headliners at this benefit will be playing an unusually early set at 8 p.m. Other bands on the bill range from a hefty portion of singer-songwriter and folky fare (Jeremy Messersmith, Caroline Smith & the Goodnight Sleeps, Peter Wolf Crier, Roma di Luna) to more musically diverse groups like hip-hop duo Unknown Prophets, honky-tonkers Trailer Trash, '60s pop revivalists Total Babe, dance-pop group Ruby Isle (featuring local piano man Mark Mallman), and a unique collaboration between experimental guitar player Bill Mike and beatboxer Carnage. Most of the ticket proceeds will benefit the reconstruction of the Electric Fetus, which was hit by a tornado last summer and suffered extensive damage, and a dollar from each ticket will benefit relief efforts in Haiti. 18+.
Fri., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., 2010