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Low and Zoo Animal set to play the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery this summer

After serving as the inspiration for Jeremy Messersmith's most recent album, The Reluctant Graveyard, and playing host to a truly unique benefit concert by Messersmith and Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles last October, The Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery has announced plans for another wonderful show this summer featuring Duluth slow-core stalwarts Low and Holly Newsom's ever-evolving but always absorbing Zoo Animal on Saturday, June 9.

After receiving a generous preservation grant for much needed restoration projects from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, more work (and more funding) is required to restore the decorative steel fence and gates which surrounds the 158-year-old, city-owned Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery on the corner of Cedar and Lake. And this performance will certainly be just one of many fundraisers to help with the preservation of the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis.

Tickets to the show are currently on-sale online here, as well as in person at the Electric Fetus, Hymie's Vintage Records, and Treehouse Records. They are $16 in advance, and will be $20 at the gate the day of the show, and just like last year, all children 12 and under get in for free.

Gates will open that Saturday at 4;30, with Zoo Animal set to take the stage at 5:30, and Low following them at 7 p.m. Hola Arepa and Dandelion Kitchen will have food trucks there which will be selling food during the event.

As strange as it is to say for an event taking place in a cemetery, last year's event was really kid friendly, as the smartphone history hunt was a fun, interactive event which encouraged visitors to discover some of the significant people and landmarks that are found on the grounds.

In a city which desperately needs more unique outdoor concerts when the weather gets nice, having a gig at the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery is about as unconventional as it gets. And, in addition to the good times and great music on offer, you get to help preserve a meaningful part of Minneapolis's rich history in the process.


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