Low, Stinson to headline the Current's two-night 11th b-day bash

The crew from 89.3 the Current at First Avenue for last year's birthday celebration.

The crew from 89.3 the Current at First Avenue for last year's birthday celebration.

When you turned 11, it likely meant a trip to Chuck E. Cheese's and a low-end baseball mit. When 89.3 the Current turns 11, as it will next year, it means a two-day birthday blowout at First Avenue featuring an all-star cast of local musicians — set your tote bags to 11! 

The festivities will begin Friday, January 22 with Bones & Beeker, the innovative pop project from Brother Ali's former DJ Brendan "BK-One" Kelly and singer/guitarist Tony Newes; Bad Bad Hats, the indie-popping 2015 Picked to Click champions; Mixed Blood Majority, the fiery socio-political hip-hop trio; John Mark Nelson, the pleasant and gifted singer-songwriter; and Low, the consistently amazing Minnesota music heroes from Duluth.

Saturday, January 23 will see power-blasting teenage grunge-punk outfit Bruise Violet; rocking soul/R&B group Gospel Machine; harmonizing trad-country bros the Cactus Blossoms; Haley Bonar's electro-rock band Gramma's Boyfriend; and Tommy Stinson, the former teen heartthrob bassist of the Replacements who's now a solo artist and Axl Rose's bass-for-hire in Guns N' Roses.

"This year’s eclectic lineup is a reminder of the rich and diverse music that is happening right here in our backyard," Current Program Director Jim McGuinn says in a press release, conjuring adjectives Current staffers likely mutter in their sleep about the local music scene. "We’re excited that we get to share this great music." 

Tickets ($20 per night) go on sale 10 a.m. December 10 for MPR members, and 10 a.m. December 11 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the the Depot Tavern adjacent to First Avenue. 

Friday (Jan. 22): 

Bones & Beeker

Bad Bad Hats

Mixed Blood Majority

John Mark Nelson


Saturday (Jan. 23): 

Bruise Violet

Gospel Machine

Cactus Blossoms

Gramma’s Boyfriend

Tommy Stinson