89.3 The Current and City Pages "Picked 2 Click" present A Tribute to The Replacements
A Tribute To The Replacements
in the First Avenue Mainroom and 7th St. Entry
featuring THE MELISMATICS, PINK MINK, LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES, BELFAST COWBOYS, STORY OF THE SEA with DAVID CAMPBELL, ELEGANZA, RED DAUGHTERS, THE FATTENIN’ FROGS, BLUE RUIN, THE MAD RIPPLE HOOTENANNY FOR SLIM, CURTISS A, GABE DOUGLAS (THE4ONTHE FLOOR), DALE T. NELSON, ERIC POLLARD (ACTUAL WOLF), NICK LEET (HIGH ON STRESS), ORION TREON (PHANTOM TAILS), JOHN SWARDSON, MARTIN DEVANEY and more
Plus a performance of Pleased To Meet Me with special guest vocalists
A Benefit for Slim Dunlap
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album Postmodern Rock quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Polara, The Jayhawks, Limbeck, Sing It Loud) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums New Infection and Turn It On.
Pink Mink was what happened when everyone was making other plans. Christy Hunt had returned from 2 years of touring as the guitarist for the Von Bondies and posted a defeatist post about quitting music and going back to school. Longtime friend Arzu Gokcen saw this post and threatened to lock her in a closet with her guitar until she changed her mind. The two, at similar crossroads in their musical paths, decided to give playing together a shot. And it worked beautifully.
Take a pinch of mountain gypsy, a dash of psych-folk and a combine it with an ocean of split-open-and-melt lyricism, intricately delivered by one of the most unique voices in music, and you have Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. Since bursting onto the Twin Cities music scene in 2008, the fiery sextet have blossomed into one of the most celebrated and cherished young talents to emerge from Minnesota in recent history.
This 9-piece, horn-driven band that specializes in the music of Van Morrison has been playing in and around Minnesota since 2002. It is also the papa group to St Dominic's Trio. The band's first show was on St Patrick's Day, 2002. In December, 2008 The Belfast Cowboys and St Dominic's Trio released debut CDs. In August, 2009, The Cowboys headlined at BB King's Blues bar in Times Square, New York.
Bandmates since childhood, Singer/Guitarist/Frontman Adam Prince and kid brother/drummer Ian Prince grew up in a musical family in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A grown-up move to the Twin Cities and various stints in well-known local bands (Manplanet and Houston) eventually led them back to what they know best: each other. They began Story of the Sea as a guitar and drums two-piece, initially noted for Ian’s famous airtight skills on the kit. The brothers then added stand-out bass talent John McEwen from Align to record their first LP.
David Campbell is host of "Radio Free Current," Saturdays 7-11 p.m. and "The Local Show," Sundays 6-8 p.m. Campbell is a long-time veteran of the Twin Cities scene. A fan, musician, record store clerk, record label staffer, and a 10-year staffer of KQRS and Drive 105's "Homegrown," Campbell's love for Minnesota music makes him a perfect fit for The Current.
Eleganza! is one of the best new rock 'n' roll bands in Minneapolis, if not the best. It was born by necessity mere months ago from the ashes of bands past and an urgency from extraordinary frontman Brian Vanderwerf, who you may know as guitarist/vocalist for the Midnight Evils, the celebrated Chooglin' and the Huckleberrys. Eleganza! is a three-guitar attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin' bandmates Jeff Johnson (also of Popcycle, The Jets) and Paul Wells, with Greg McAloon (Glenrustles and Ol' Yeller) on bass.
In early 2011, four kids from South Minneapolis formed a band. Drawing equal influence from their time in the trenches of the Twin Cities Punk scene and the dusty grooves of their favorite Soul and R&B records, Blue Ruin created a raw, guitar driven sound with an emphasis on the groove. Attacking the stage with bombastic enthusiasm and sincerity, they’ve impressed national touring acts and empty rooms alike.
Boozy and woozy late night country rock meant for smoky bars and bong ripping buddies, local quintet Red Daughters drop their debut album tonight at the 331 Club. The type of band that makes joint trips to Big Sur to "lose ourselves and write some tunes," the group's hit upon a hazy winning formula as evidenced by the strength of songs like "Old Time Gold," an organ soaked song that approximates the Band in all its down home goodness. [Metromix]
We are The Fattenin' Frogs and we play Rock & Roll music in its original spirit by turning up the intensity on traditional American music. With a style developed by mixing blues, country, folk, R&B, gospel, bluegrass, and jazz from the first half of the 20th century, flavoring with 1960's rock & roll, we aim to help bring rock music back to it's roots. Expect to hear a mix of original songs and interpretations of classic songs by artists such as Charley Patton, Leadbelly, Son House, Bukka White and The Carter Family.
The Mad Ripple is the nom de guerre of longtime Minneapolis writer and music lover Jim Walsh (Laughing Stock, REMs, Two Tornados). This debut release finds him rediscovering his voice after a California hiatus. Returning to Minneapolis, Walsh reconnected with old friends forming a recording-collective of rock and Americana royalty including members of Son Volt, the Jayhawks, the Gleam, and many more.
Born at the exact moment the age of Aquarius dawned, the enigma known as Curtiss A began his not-yet ended trip to nowhere. Named after a 20th century Minneapolis downtown landmark , the Curtis Hotel, Curt’s just glad his Dad wasn’t facing south or he’d be Lemington A. His Mama was a Lewis so he always felt an affinity to “Uncle” Jerry. Curt hints at the possible assignation with Carl Perkins when she waitressed at the Flame. He’s also fond of that old chestnut about Dave Dudley drying out in the basement in the Moorhead before he could tour behind “Six Days”.
The guy and his guitar (and sometimes his backing band) has been done to death, but every so often something new comes along and demands that people take notice. John Swardson and Get Gone are the latest band in this vein to rear their bearded, denim-jacketed selves, and have quietly started garnering accolades. Swardson and company have played only a handful of live shows in the past couple of years due to multiple lineup changes, but this stellar dream of a triple bill should finally start the ball rolling the right direction.
Martin Devaney has always embraced his local identity, literally dubbed the Mayor of St. Paul by friends and compatriots in the music scene. A classically trained musician with a jazz sax background, the accomplished singer-songwriter got his start playing with revered hip-hop ensemble Heiruspecs before embarking on a solo career. After self-releasing an EP in 2001, Martin followed with four full-length albums, each garnering more praise and attention from press and fans.