Duluth indie-rock heroes Low made an impressive showing at the Eaux Claires festival in July and will now return to First Ave for 89.3 the Current's 11th anniversary bash Jan. 22. / Tim Campbell, Star Tribune

Duluth indie-rock heroes Low made an impressive showing at the Eaux Claires festival in July and will return to First Ave for 89.3 the Current's 11th anniversary bash Jan. 22. / Tim Campbell, Star Tribune

 

 

After inviting a few out-of-town guests to its 10th anniversary parties last year, 89.3 the Current will go back to an all-Minnesotan lineup when it marks its 11th year with a pair of weekend concerts Jan. 22-23 at First Avenue.

Veteran favorites Low and Tommy Stinson of the Replacements will headline Night 1 and Night 2, respectively, over a diverse mix of newer local favorites that includes: arty indie-rockers Gramma’s Boyfriend, Bad Bad Hats and John Mark Nelson; country throwbacks the Cactus Blossoms; teen punks Bruise Violet; Jayanthi Kyle's rocky power-soul quintet Gospel Machine; all-star hip-hop trio Mixed Blood Majority, and electro-soul duo Bones & Beeker.

Here’s the lineup for each night.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22

  • Low
  • John Mark Nelson
  • Mixed Blood Majority
  • Bad Bad Hats
  • Bones & Beeker

SATURDAY, JAN. 23

  • Tommy Stinson
  • Gramma’s Boyfriend
  • Cactus Blossoms
  • Gospel Machine
  • Bruise Violet

Tickets ($20 each night) go on sale first to Minnesota Public Radio members starting Thursday at 10 a.m. via TheCurrent.org or in person at the Depot Tavern (next to First Ave). They go on sale to the public the same way Friday at 10 a.m.

Low just put on an absolutely mesmerizing show at First Ave last month celebrating the release of its 11th album, "Ones and Sixes," which already made NPR Music's best of 2015 list. Stinson wasted no time putting together a new band after the remade Replacements' tour wound down last summer. His new all-star crew -- which has an album's worth of material ready for release next year -- features guitar ace Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi All-Stars and the latter-day Black Crowes, former Ryan Adams and Jack White bassist Cat Popper, and Stinson's longtime Guns N' Roses bandmate Frank Ferrer on drums (the Hold Steady's Steve Selvidge filled in for Dickinson at a Turf Club show in September).

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