How could 11 years go by so quickly?
But it has for The Current, the Twin Cities-based radio network (spin your dial to 89.3 FM now if you haven’t before) featuring a constantly-rotating selection of music, much of it local to the region.
As is now traditional, The Current is taking over First Avenue Friday and Saturday for its annual birthday bash, in part as a way to thank listeners who support the MPR-owned station, and also to entertain everyone with a local lineup of top talent, which this year includes John Mark Nelson, Tommy Stinson, Low, Mixed Blood Majority, Bones & Beeker, The Cactus Blossoms, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Bad Bad Hats, Bruise Violet, and Gospel Machine.
MPR members could score the $20 tickets on Dec. 10, a day before they were released to the public, and organizers have said that, while the party is meant to mark the birth of the popular-but-not-free-from-controversy radio station, it’s more of a way to show appreciation to its loyal supporters.
Those listeners, in fact, cover a wide area; apart from the Twin Cities metro, the station also broadcasts in Rochester, parts of western Wisconsin, and even on KPCC, an HD Radio subchannel in Pasadena, Calif.
The two-day lineup covers catholic tastes, with everything from hip-hop, indie rock, psychedelic and punk, to local rock icons and other beloved Minnesota-natives, even teenage grunge. With such a vast array, it’s more appetizing than the requisite cake topped with candles.
And, just one more note if you’re anxious to make the trip up for the big party: It’s an 18-year-old-plus event, which means you’ll need an adult handy if you’re underage and want to get in. And, there’s a limit of four tickets per person, per night. Those are small restrictions to impose on an event that offers up so much unrestricted fun.
If you go
What: The Current’s 11th Birthday Parties
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23.
Where: First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis