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Caroline Smith to belt out national anthem at Twins opener

Local music scene ace Caroline Smith, left, and Twins ace Ervin Santana.

Local music scene ace Caroline Smith, left, and Twins ace Ervin Santana.

When one goes to enjoy a Twins game, one expects some excellent baseball thwacking, a few good brews, and possibly a bloody mary hosting a tiny cheeseburger atop a skewer. But it looks like attendees should start expecting indie/soul-driven musical performances, too!

The Chicago White Sox won’t be the only special guests April 11 at the Twins home opener, as fans can look forward to performances from local music stars Caroline Smith and Bones & Beeker. Now that's what we call a triple play

Caroline Smith will show off her R&B/folk stylings as she sings the national anthem just before the sold-out game’s 3:10 p.m. start at Target Field. Hall of Famer Rod Carew is set to toss out the first pitch. 

Smith enjoys a legacy of packed shows in Minneapolis, which she'll add to April 16 at First Avenue. She scored worldwide buzz last month when Broad City opened its third season by featuring “Let ‘Em Say,” her anthem with local hip-hop star Lizzo. 

As Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson did all kinds of illicit things on toilets while jamming to the single, it became clear the song would win fans far beyond the 612 area code. Will Caroline pepper some girl-power ad libs into the national anthem? Who can say? 

Lucky fans can meet Smith after her performance in the Twins Digital Clubhouse, which is apparently this thing

From 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., game-goers can catch Bones & Beeker performing outside the stadium at Target Field Station. This hip-hop/indie-folk-pop duo features Brother Ali’s DJ BK-One and Anthony Newes. BK-One recently announced he'll be station manager at soon-to-be-launched south Minneapolis radio station 98.9 FM. For more hot goss' on B&B, read our interview with them from last fall

The day-long Twins opener celebration actually kicks off at 6 a.m. with a free breakfast for the major earlybirds and/or possible insomniacs out there. To find out about non-music-related events, make sure you check out the full timeline. The 2016 Twins season begins April 4 in Baltimore.