Atmosphere unveil video, Current session & Rhymesayers scholarship before homecoming

Eleven years after selling out First Avenue for the very first time, Atmosphere make a triumphant return to the Mainroom tonight as part of their second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour. The circuitous trek through their home state has already found Slug and Ant hitting up Mankato and Bemidji prior to tonight's show, with dates to come in Duluth, Rochester, and St. Cloud immediately following their Minneapolis stop.

And they have also brought some top-notch local talent with them along the way, as Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters, MaLLy, and BK-One have all been warming up the audience in a major way before the headliners take to the stage, so if you are one of the lucky ones with tickets to tonight's gig -- it sold-out immediately when it was announced -- be sure to get there early to check out the stellar opening acts.

Earlier this week, Slug and Ant (along with their longtime touring band,guitarist Nate Collis and keyboardist Erick Anderson) stopped by the Current to play some songs in advance of their big show tonight. A stylish, eye-catching video for "Became," a moving new track from last year's The Family Sign, also was just released, and features the collaborative work of local video students from the Minnesota School of Business and MTS Digital Media Academy, as well as industry professionals in the area, as a way to further enhance the educational experience of those involved.

Check out the video for "Became" below, as well as an informative "making-of" video that documents all of the efforts and energy that went into making this project a reality.

Behind-the-Scenes Documentary of Atmosphere's "Became" Music Video from MSB Richfield Creative Media on Vimeo.

Atmosphere's label, Rhymesayers, has also just teamed up with the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) to create the first ever Rhymesayers College Scholarship. A brochure with more detailed information on the scholarship program will be distributed at the merch table at all the Welcome to Minnesota performances.

For those of you not attending the shows, be sure to check the Rhymesayers Scholarship Facebook Page for further details. It's great to see them giving back to the Minnesota music community which has consistently been so supportive of their efforts over the years. And who knows, maybe the person who wins the scholarship will one day go on to sell-out First Avenue themselves.

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