The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks stand alongside bands like Soul Asylum and Hüsker Dü as Twin Cities cornerstones, groups written into this area's musical DNA—but once, they were a struggling local band that didn't fit in with their contemporaries, playing a brand of twangy roots-rock before the term "alt-country" even existed. After they went on hiatus in 2005, collectors and fans scrambled to scavenge a copy of their debut, a 1986 self-titled, vinyl-only release that had a run of just 2,000 copies. That album has been reissued, now in digital form for the first time (something the members have been working on for years), so the band is reforming for a three-night stint at First Ave, starting tonight. There's no new material in the works, and there won't be a tour. It's a special trio of shows that celebrate the band's hometown fans, hard work, and humble beginnings. If you missed them in action at the Basilica last year, now you've got three chances to make up for it. With Kaiser Cartel on Friday; Strangelights on Saturday; Romantica on Sunday. 18+. (Photo by Andrew Cailtin)
Sat., June 19, 6 p.m.; Mondays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: June 19. Continues through June 21, 2010

 
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