The reunited 'Mats may have yet to appear locally, but First Ave's annual tribute should be pretty cool in itself. The growing slew of local bands that'll be on hand include the Melismatics, Slimboree, Ol' Yeller, Blackberry Brandy Boys, Fury Things, Mad Ripple, Vandy & Friends, Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders, Stereo Confession, and Myotis. Besides nuggets from throughout 'Mats history, there'll be a complete run through the group's pivotal 1983 album Hootenanny, with guest vocalists promised. Proceeds will benefit the Slim Dunlap Fund and Twin Cities Music Community Trust. 18+.
Fri., Nov. 29, 7 p.m., 2013