Fifty years is the equivalent of about five lifetimes in the music business, so you better believe the Electric Fetus is going to throw a party this year.
Minneapolis’ most renowned record store just announced plans for a Big 5-0 birthday bash at First Avenue on Saturday, June 9, with guitar-noodling New Jersey indie-rock darlings Real Estate for headliners.
The show will also feature Habibi, a cool New York band with '60s girl-group vibes and Iranian-American roots. Local vets the Flamin’ Ohs and up-and-comers the Last Import will also perform.
Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for $20 via eTix and First Ave outlets (including the Fetus, of course). First Avenue itself is looking toward its 50th anniversary in 2020 and will officially mark its 48th on April 3, when “American Idol” castaway Phillip Phillips performs. Hey, Joe Cocker wasn’t available.
First Ave's longest-tenured employee, Roy Freid aka Roy Freedom, will fittingly serve as DJ at the big June 9 party, while Fetus and 89.3 the Current alum David Campbell will host.
Although the Fetus was packed on Monday for a 6 p.m. in-store set by Wolf Alice (playing First Ave tonight), the shop has seen its overall in-store traffic decline significantly over the past year as the Franklin Avenue Bridge right outside its front door is being rebuilt. Look for special events at the store leading up to the anniversary party, including, of course, another big Record Store Day party on April 21.