Memorial show planned for Blood of the Young label founder Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson, founder of Blood of the Young Records.

Nick Thompson, founder of Blood of the Young Records.

Nick Thompson, founder of Minneapolis record label Blood of the Young Records, died suddenly on June 4. He was 36. 

"He's still there in the music," a close friend said in Thompson's obituary. "If you listen just right you can hear him." 

On July 9 at First Avenue, the music community will celebrate his life and work with a reunion-heavy concert showcase featuring past and current BOTY signees.

The wild noisemakers of Marijuana Deathsquads will headline. The rest of the lineup features a rare show from Har Mar Superstar's old indie-rock band, Sean Na Na, plus reunions from two celebrated local acts — hardcore ragers the Khayembii Communique and emo faves Cadillac Blindside. Metal quartet Blackthorne will also perform. 

Additional performers are TBA. Tickets — $12-$15 — are available here

Thompson launched Blood of the Young back in 1999, attracting national acts (Bright Eyes, the Faint, Song of Zarathustra) as well as big-name locals (the Plastic Constellations, Har Mar Superstar, Askeleton).


The label cooled down after 2004, but the past couple years have seen releases from Tickle Torture, Father You See Queen, and others. The release party for a split Fort Wilson Riot/Pornonono EP goes down Friday at 7th St. Entry.