MN Rock and Country Hall of Fame tonight and tomorrow

class=img_thumbleft>Tonight's and tomorrow's Minnesota Rock and Country Hall of Fame at Medina Entertainment Center features some rare live performances from bands that once put our state on the map--match names with the hitmakers in our 2005 cover story "Minnesota's 50 Greatest Hits." Friday night performers include the Gestures ("Run Run Run"), City Mouse, Danny Hargrove ("Sweet Mary), the Litter ("Action Woman"), Platte Valley Boys, Joey Molland from Badfinger, Blackwood Apology, Mary Jane Alm, Art Essery, Killer Hayseeds, and Gypsy. Saturday afternoon performers (kicking off at 1:00 p.m.) include Canoise and Friends, Pam and Sherwin Linton, the Magpies, Bluegrass Revue, the Chris Osgood Show (all-star punk revue), the B-Flat Blues All-Stars, the Rockin' Hollywoods, and Mankato Connection with Dale Menten. Saturday night performers (starting at 7:45 p.m.) include Passage, Ladies of Country, Big John Dickerson, Paulette Carlson, Northern Light, Lipps, Inc. (curious who this will include; Cynthia Johnson sang the chorus on the hit "Funkytown"), a special award for Marsh Edelstein, Alex Parenteau and Silver Wings, Danny's Reasons, Denny Morgan, the Novas ("The Crusher"), the Charms, Maury Finney, the Flamin' Oh's, Tim Sparks and Rio Nido, Middle Spunk Creek Boys, and Dave Brady and the Stars. Hopefully I'll post photos on my blog soon.