A cross-section of well-known Twin Cities musicians and the Minnesota Vikings’ resident rocker will get vocal about the same-sex marriage and voter ID amendments with a pair of concerts Oct. 26 and 27 at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis. Dubbed the “Minnesota Musicians Vote No” concerts, the shows will raise money for MN United For All Families and Take Action MN, which are opposing the respective amendments going before voters on Nov. 6. Here’s the lineup each night:
OCT. 26: Twin Cities punk faves and the Triple Rock’s de facto house band Dillinger Four, who've been mostly out of pocket since their annual July 4 gig, will headline along with returning Minnesota ex-pat Har Mar Superstar. Psychedelic rockers Magic Castles and funk-popster Mayda will also perform, and members of Poliça will DJ.
OCT. 27: More of a singer/songwriter affair, with Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner doing a rare solo outing alongside Charlie Parr and the Honeydogs’ Adam Levy. The amps will at least be cranked for Flavor Crystals and Tripping Icarus, the latter of which boasts Vikings punter Chris Kluwe as its bassist. Kluwe has earned national media attention for his writings blasting same-sex marriage opponents (Minnesota's amendment would ban gay couples from legally marrying).
Many other Minnesota musicians have pitched in by contributing songs to a “Minnesota Musicians Vote No” digital album, including Doomtree, Free Energy, Tapes n’ Tapes, Dark Dark Dark, Blind Shake, Brute Heart, the Birthday Suits, In Defence and Gabriel Douglas. Each attendee to these concerts will be given a copy of the compilation record. Tickets for each night are on sale now for $15 via the Triple Rock’s site.
There are several more instances of these issues inundating the music scene. “Put a Rock on it: A Concert for the Freedom to Mary” is happening tonight at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis with Kill the Vultures, the Honeydogs, Bethany Larson & the Bee’s Knees, Red Daughters and Beatifics (7:30 p.m., $20). Local folkies Ellis, the Roe Family Singers, Dakota Dave Hull, Bill Geezy Charlie Parr (again) and more are heading up a benefit CD and a concert dubbed "We Love to Be Free," which lands Oct. 21 at Patrick's Cabaret. There’s word of another “vote no” concert involving a couple major Twin Cities act yet to be announced. Also, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard (whose sister is in a same-sex relationship) has been one of the most vocal rock stars on the matter nationally and has Minnesota's amendment in his crosshairs with his solo concert on Nov. 1 at the Women’s Club Theater.