Jeremy Messersmith leads music lineup for Minnesota's first gay weddings

Jeremy Messersmith leads music lineup for Minnesota's first gay weddings
Photo by Cameron Wittig

For most of the past year, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-Star Wars-geek Jeremy Messersmith has cultivated his homespun side with a series of up-close-and-personal performances that he's dubbed the "Supper Club Tour." In a couple weeks' time, however, he'll have the chance to take part in a domestic landmark of an entirely different order: helping usher in gay marriage to the state of Minnesota.

Two months ago, Minneapolis mayor RT Rybak announced his intention to officiate the first wave of marriages once the clock strikes 12:01 am on the morning of August 1. Today, Messersmith revealed that he's been recruited as the master of musical ceremonies for the all-night event, and he won't be alone. Other musical guests will include Chris Koza, Lucy Michelle, and members of the Honeydogs and Twilight Hours.

Musical festivities will run for approximately seven hours at City Hall in downtown Minneapolis, from midnight till 7:00 in the morning. While Rybak busies himself with the serious business of wedding 40 lucky couples that were announced last month, Messersmith will kick proceedings off with a brief opening ceremony, joined by the Laurels String Quartet. He'll also provide the final stretch of music, starting at 5 a.m., after the other acts have contributed their respective hours of entertainment.

"Everyone is donating their time," Messersmith explained in his announcement. "I think this will be one of the greatest and strangest gigs I've ever played. It's not every day you play a mass wedding!"

Here are the evening's featured performers:

1:15 a.m. John Munson and Matt Wilson
2 a.m. Adam Levy, with Bethany Larson members of And the Professors
2:45 a.m. Lucy Michelle
3:30 a.m. Rachel Kilgour
4:15 a.m. Chris Koza
5 a.m. Jeremy Messersmith

The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Jayanthi Kyle, and Copper Street Brass Quintet will also perform.

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