It was 29 years ago (by our count, anyway) that Beatles guitarist, songwriter, and visionary John Lennon was gunned down outside the Dakota Hotel by Mark David Chapman, avid fan of Catcher in the Rye and total whack job. The world trembled in the wake of the assassination, but the tragedy proved to be just what the John Lennon Tribute Show needed to finally get its act off the ground.
They've decided to round up, it seems, and call this year's show the 30th anniversary. But in any case, the show is gathering some of Lennon's obvious musical descendants to the Main Room Stage and shouldn't be missed.
We're all familiar with Godwin's Law by now (or should be, by God). When do we get Lennon's Law? The maxim that states that the longer a discussion of music goes on, the greater the probability that John Lennon's name will be mentioned?
Well, if it already exists, this blog is in big trouble. Tonight, Curtiss A, Romantica, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles and numerous other local acts will crowd the stage to pay homage to one of the very few musicians who actually laid his hand on the course of history and altered it forever.
There are very few axis figures in 20th century music, and Lennon is certainly the most shining of those great beacons--a musician who, with his work and lifes and his mythology, effectively divided the 20th century into pre-Lennon and post-Lennon epochs. Like a ripple in history, Lennon's presence is still keenly observed.
Expect Romantica to bring pitch-perfection, the Lapelles to bring oodles of quirk, and expect many fond reminiscences for an era you were never alive to hear firsthand. Hey, better late than never.
18+. 6:30 P.M. $13.00. First Avenue Main Room, 701 First Avenue North, Minneapolis; 612.338.8388.