First Ave to host five-year celebration of Eyedea


Five years have passed since Micheal Larsen, better known by his rap moniker Eyedea, died tragically at 29. Larsen, who died in his sleep from opiate toxicity, was heralded by fans and critics alike as something of a creative genius, and his death left the Twin Cities music community saddened and rattled.

Announced yesterday, First Avenue will throw a celebration of Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen, set to commemorate the late rapper on November 9 (Larsen's birthday). Carnage the Executioner will serve as host, with performances coming from friends and collaborators such as Slug, DJ Abilities, Murs, Blueprint, and Jeremy Ylvisaker. Tickets ($5) go on sale Friday at noon. 

Since Larsen's untimely passing, his mother, Kathy Averill, has managed Eyedea's Facebook account, posting regularly about everything from new music to fan art. Occasionally, Averill will publicly reminisce about her son with posts that are both candid and touching. Below is an update from yesterday:

"I see many are very excited about the up coming Nov. show and thank you it will be the ending of a very long and wonderful weekend for many. The show cost is low and we have some funding things going on to help off set that and other cost. More on that later. But we would like as many who don't live here to be able to come. If you have to pay travel then a huge show cost you might not make the trip. So there will be a pot luck dinner on Sunday Nov. 8th and then the show on Mon. Nov 9th. We are contacting a hotel in Saint Paul to block some room hopefully with a little discount for out of towners. Trying to make your journey to Mn as great a possible for I will not be doing this again for a good long while. I hope many of you will comeLove Kathy"