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):