Jeremy Messersmith Photo by Christina Heerdt


The Current's 12th Birthday Party

Daily from Jan. 27-28
7 p.m.
Benefits,Parties,Receptions, Funk, Hip-Hop, Indie Rock, Pop, Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

Frankly, there isn’t enough room in this space to adequately praise all the acts slated to play 89.3 the Current’s two-night 12th birthday celebration. Two of Minnesota’s beloved singer-songwriters — Minneapolis’ Jeremy Messersmith, whose most recent release is 2014’s Heart Murmurs, and St. Paul’s Haley Bonar, who dropped her celebrated Impossible Dream LP last year — are slated to headline on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Non-local talent will include the thoroughly genuine Philly-based rock act Strand of Oaks (whose upcoming Hard Love LP, out next month, is something to get excited about) and the harmony-happy sister trio Joseph on Friday, then the heavily Beatles- and Beach Boys-influenced youngsters the Lemon Twigs on Saturday. The rest of the lineup largely serves as a glimpse of Minnesota’s musical well-roundedness, with highlights including (but not limited to) Afrobeat ensemble Black Market Brass on Friday, plus funky Afrofuturist experimenters ZULUZULUU and garage-rocker Monica LaPlante on Saturday.