As a transplant to Minnesota from Wisconsin, I’ve now spent over half my life here. I’m a cheesehead through and through, but if there is one thing that Minnesota has that Wisconsin has never had, it’s the music. The first album I ever bought was Prince’s Purple Rain and my first ever trip to Minnesota I actually met Prince, which is another story for a different time. A few years later I was living here and I won tickets on Rev105 to a local music showcase at First Avenue .
It feels like yesterday that Minnesota Public Radio announced they would be launching their own indie rock station with a focus on local music. 89.3 The Current hired a number well known of on-air personalities who had worked in the Twin Cities for years, with experience at Rev105, RadioK and more, which just added to the excitement. Giddy with anticipation, I donated to MPR, becoming a founding member even before the station had launched.
Here’s some music news from the last few months you may have missed while I was being a slacker and not blogging.
You can download The Hold Steady’s January 31, 2011 show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in FLAC or MP3. In case you missed it, The Current launched a 24 hour local music station in April. All Minnesota artists, all the time – and it’s quite good!
89.3 The Current , a Minnesota Public Radio station, is ending the year with a bang and broadcasting four outstanding concerts that took place in Minnesota this year.
Rock the Garden 2010 (Photo licensed under a CC NC-SA-2.0 license by Chuck Olsen via Flickr )
Monday, December 27th: Rock The Garden . An annual show hosted by The Current at the Walker Art Center , this year’s Rock the Garden featured Retribution Gospel Choir, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and MGMT.