Your guide to the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards
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's "Minnies" (orMinnesota Music Awards
) atFirst Avenue
tonight will be fun to participate in, fun to watch, and fun to make fun of (and I say this as someone onstage being made fun of). Somebody back me up: Aren't these things, you know, culturally interesting, as well as glam and tacky and all that? The past three years have been nothing if not a well-produced blast (Vegas meets flannel meets Prince in the bathroom), and this year promises the highest-profile evening yet for the MMAs, with hostsMark Wheat
, and performersMint Condition
,Spider John Koerner
, Robert Robinson and theTwin Cities Community Gospel Choir
with New Congress,Cloud Cult
,Trampled by Turtles
. Presenters includeRobyne Robinson
,Michelle "Nadine Dubois" Langner
,Dakota Dave Hull
,David de Young
,Phil Harder and Rick Fuller
(will he, or won't he, wearthe shirt
(not Lindsay),Pete Scholtes
, andTina Schlieske
(who's playing an acoustic preview of her forthcoming CD on Friday inthe Entry
). The 25th Annual Minnesota Music Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, September 21, 2005. 701 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327. Doors 7:00 p.m./showtime 8:00 p.m. $10 advance/$12 door, MMA members free, MPR members get $5 off door price.
UPDATE: Rewrite mine and Lars's lines for tonight. We're presenting in the hip-hop category. And speaking of hip hop, if I have time, I'll head over to the Annex afterward to see Contac and Nelly signees Taylor Made. For a taste of the history behind the MMAs, check out "The Minnies: 25 Years of Celebrating Minnesota's Music" through September 30 at the Hennepin History Museum, 2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404; 612.870.1329.
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