Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area on September 30, 2015.
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at First Avenue
Wednesday, 09/30/2015, 7pm ($20)
Back in 2010, Chris Stamey, best known as the co-founder of 80s indie-pop band the dBs, had the idea to put together a collection of his favorite musicians and perform Big Star’s Third (also known as Third/Sister Lovers). Stamey had successfully done a similar thing with an Elliott Smith tribute a few years prior and decided to tackle the influential band’s classic, brutal third studio album. As Stamey explains on the Big Star Third website: “It struck me at the time that this was “concert music of a generation,” that regardless of who performed it, it should be heard out in the air, not confined to earbuds, cars, and living rooms. In the same way that Mozart and Beethoven, in their day, were heard.” And thus, Third, found new life in the instruments and voices of such talents as Mike Mills from REM, Mitch Easter of Let’s Active, Ken Stringfellow of the Posies (and the 90s incarnation of Big Star), Stamey himself and surviving Big Star member, Jody Stephens, as well as Charles Cleaver, Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow and Black Crowes), Brett Harris, and Skylar Gudasz.
All these years later, Minneapolis is finally being treated to this once-in-a-lifetime event: a performance of the album with a chamber orchestra.
Uh, did you catch all that?
ALL those musicians AND a freaking ORCHESTRA!! Oh and the guest list for this gig?
DAVE PIRNER! MATT WILSON (Trip Shakespeare)! JOSH GRIER (Tapes & Tapes)! THE WOOLDRIDGE BROS! TRAPPER SCHOEPP!
As a fan of every single musician involved in this project and a dedicated listener of Big Star (and the creative musical minds therein), I am beyond thrilled for this show. Third has so many incredible moments on it: the emotional devastation of “Holocaust,” the reverb-wrapped “Kangaroo,” the transcendent love ode “For You,” the joyful bombastic “You Can’t Have Me,” the shimmering melancholia of “Nighttime.”
Big Star tapped into something special, something very human, a beauty that has resonated with people for over four decades. It’s hard for me to overstate just how important this band and their music is. I can already predict that this September 30th performance will be an evening no one will forget.
If you’re looking for something to do while you count down the days until the show, check out the books A Man Called Destruction by Holly George-Warren, Big Star: The Story of Rock's Forgotten Band by Rob Jovanovic and It Came From Memphis by Robert Gordon and the documentary film Nothing Can Hurt Me (the title, of course, taken from Third’s “Big Black Car”).
An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album featuring guest vocalists and a chamber orchestra backed by:
original Big Star member Jody Stephens,
Mike Mills (R.E.M.),
Chris Stamey (The dB’s),
Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star),
Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow, Black Crowes),
and Skylar Gudasz
featuring special guests:
Josh Grier (Tapes & Tapes),
Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum),
Trapper Schoepp and Tanner Schoepp,
Matt Wilson (Trip Shakespeare),
and The Wooldridge Bros.
at Nether Bar
Wednesday, 09/30/2015, 7pm ($20)
We love Ash. We've been following the Irish band for a long time now, and a few years ago, they famously said they would "never" release an album. Instead the trio concentrated on just recording singles (ultimately those singles were collected into their A-Z compilation).
Anyway, as we have previously mentioned, the band backpedaled a little, announced that they have recorded an album called KABLAMMO!... and they are heading out on tour in support of the new record. The world tour will take them first to the USA and then all over Europe, and ending with a five dates for Ireland.
Although they will be previewing new songs from KABLAMMO!, they'll also be playing the hits ("Kung Fu", "Girl From Mars", "Goldfinger", etc.) as we have previously mentioned from their 2013 Varsity Theater show.
26.09.15 / Gramercy / New York, NY
28.09.15 / Subterranean / Chicago, IL
29.09.15 / Majestic Theatre / Madison, WI
30.09.15 / Nether Bar / Minneapolis, MN
03.10.15 / Crocodile / Seattle, WA
04.10.15 / Biltmore Cabaret / Vancouver, BC
06.10.15 / Lola’s / Portland, OR
08.10.15 / Rickshaw Stop / San Francisco, CA
09.10.15 / Culture Collide Los Angeles, CA
10.10.15 / Music Box / San Diego, CA
16.11.15 – Melkweg (Oude Zaal), Amsterdam (NL)
17.11.15 – Buergerhaus Stollwerck, Cologne (GER)
19.11.15 – Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SWE)
20.11.15 – John Dee, Oslo (NOR)
21.11.15 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen (DK)
23.11.15 – Gruenspan, Hamburg (GER)
24.11.15 – C-Club, Berlin (GER)
26.11.15 – Backstage Halle, Munich (GER)
27.11.15 – Il Covo, Bologna (IT)
28.11.15 – Flex, Vienna (AT)
29.11.15 – Plaza, Zurich (CH)
01.12.15 – Le Petit Bain, Paris (FR)
02.12.15 – Bierkeller, Bristol (UK)
03.12.15 – Shepherds Bush Empire, London (UK)
04.12.15 – Riverside, Newcastle (UK)
06.12.15 – Abc, Glasgow (UK)
08.12.15 – Ritz, Manchester (UK)
09.12.15 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (UK)
10.12.15 – Leadmill, Sheffield (UK)
12.12.15 – Waterfront, Norwich (UK)
13.12.15 – Concorde 2, Brighton (UK)
14.12.15 – Y Plas Cardiff University, Cardiff (UK)
15.12.15 – Olympia, Dublin (IR)
17.12.15 - Roisin Dubh, Galway (IR)
18.12.15 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork (IR)
19.12.15 – Dolans, Limerick (IR)
20.12.15 – Empire, Belfast (IR)
at Mill City Nights
Wednesday, 09/30/2015, 7pm ($20)
Meanwhile, over at the main stage at Mill City Nights will be the "HardDrive Live Tour", featuring:
Tremonti is named after frontman Mark Tremonti, best known as the guitarist of the American rock band Creed. Co-headliner Trivium is a metal band from Florida with six studio albums and countless tours under their belt. They will be releasing Silence In the Snow on October 2nd through Roadrunner Records.
Opener Wilson is a hard hitting rock band from Detroit, MI. They recently released Right To Rise on Razor & Tie Records. Metal Injection declares Wilson, “sounds like He Is Legend and Andrew W.K. got together and wrote a hooky, riff-stuffed party anthem that demands to be blasted.” After listening to a couple songs online, I can hear it and am now super excited to see what these guys do in a live concert setting.
09/26/15 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
09/28/15 Pontiac, MI Crofoot
09/29/15 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
09/30/15 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
10/02/15 Green Bay, WI Watering Hole
10/04/15 St. Louis, MO Pop's Blue Moon
10/06/15 Dallas, TX Bomb Factory
10/07/15 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
10/08/15 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music
10/10/15 Mesa, AZ Club Red Theaters
10/11/15 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Cafe
10/14/15 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
10/15/15 Reno, NV Knitting Factory Concert House
10/17/15 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
10/18/15 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert
10/20/15 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall