Semisonic and the Hang Ups reuniting for benefit

A benefit for live sound and recording engineer Brad Kern is shaping up to be quite the remarkable lineup, thanks to Kern's extensive involvement in the local scene. Since working with Trip Shakespeare in 1991, Kern has mixed or recorded countless acts, and now the bands are honoring Kern with a fundraiser in the First Avenue Mainroom on October 8.

In addition to performances by Mason Jennings, the Twilight Hours, and Two Harbors, the First Ave show will also feature two reunions: headliners Semisonic, who last performed locally in 2008, and the Hang Ups (led by Brian Tighe of the Owls and the Star Folk), who were most active in the mid-'90s.

Brad Kern was the victim of a hit and run accident while biking home last month. He is expected to recover completely, but sustained severe injuries and has been unable to work. Proceeds from the benefit show will soften the blow of his medical bills and lost wages.

Here are all the details for the show:

A Benefit For Brad Kern

Friday, October 8, 2010
First Avenue Mainroom
$22.50 advance/$24.00 doors
18+ show
6:30pm Doors

With performances by:
Mason Jennings
Twilight Hours
The Hang Ups
Two Harbors
Plus special guests TBA.

Produced in cooperation with Twin Cities Music Community Trust
Tickets on sale Friday August 20 at First Avenue, The Depot Tavern and all First Avenue and Ticketmaster Outlets.

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