Your guide to the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards

class=img_thumbleft> Like the Oscars, the Minnesota Music Academy 's "Minnies" (or Minnesota Music Awards ) at First 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 hosts Mark Wheat and Lori Barbero , and performers Mint Condition , Spider John Koerner , Kid Dakota , Robert Robinson and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir , Desdamona with New Congress, Cloud Cult , Nachito Herrera , JoAnna James , Trampled by Turtles , and Stnnng . Presenters include Robyne Robinson , Willie Wisely , Chris Osgood , Dale Connelly , Sam Keenan , Michelle "Nadine Dubois" Langner , Dakota Dave Hull , Dave Campbell , Ross Raihala , Chris Reimenschneider , Jen Boyles , Diablo Cody , Chuck Statler , Lori Barghini , David de Young , Joey Molland , Phil Harder and Rick Fuller , Mei Young , Jason Nagel , Lars Larson , Rex Sorgatz (will he, or won't he, wear the shirt ?), Lindsey Thomas (not Lindsay), Pete Scholtes , and Tina Schlieske (who's playing an acoustic preview of her forthcoming CD on Friday in the 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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