Twin Cities to honour Strummer and a loyal fan this week

Welcome back you good people and thanks for dropping in. A rather sub par Monday as I woke up and wasn’t well all day, on the positive side it didn’t impact my weekend so I could go to the Karaoke Bar. Hmmm

I vowed to keep you all as current as possible with news about events of interest this year and to that end we’ve been back on track since December navigating the huge number of Joe Strummer tributes and celebrations that kicked off early last month and of course peaked on the 22nd. We’ve since had more in Brighton, Toronto and New York to turn our attention to and now I’ve the full scoop on another this week taking place in Minneapolis. If you’re within snowmobiling distance of the Twin Cities I recommend that you get out this Friday (Feb 1) and head into the city.

My huge thanks go out to Ali who organised the event and provided me with all the information that you need about the evening that will, if all goes well feature no less than 17 bands on a stage that will be fast and furiously occupied. She also offered me some very poignant information below about the fact that the night will this year again honour the life of Joe Strummer but also the loss of a huge Clash fan named Daniel who the local music community are rallying behind his memory. Read on for the official press kit and first some indight from Ali – I really hope you can make it along.

A small amount of background: I first threw this event the year Joe died, and held it for two years at the Triple Rock Social Club. We had about 10 bands each year, and raised money for Strummerville. We sold out each year, with a capacity of about 300 people. My friend Daniel – then aged 12 – was my merch guy; he was a great artist and a big Clash fan and the son of one of my oldest friends Adam Levy, who is in many Minneapolis-based bands, most notably The Honeydogs. Daniel lost his battle with depression and took his life a year ago. (link to CityPages article about Adam and Daniel Levy)
With the 10th anniversary of Joe’s death, and the 1st anniversary of Daniel’s death, and the general state of effed-up-ed-ness in the world today, I wanted to bring the tribute concert back and celebrate life and the words and mission of Joe, and do something positive to honor Daniel’s memory. A lot of people wanted to do the same, and an extraordinary amount of talent from the Minnesota music scene has come forward to be involved. (This also happens to fall on my birthday, and I frankly can’t imagine a better way to spend it than by bringing people together to toast life, Joe, Daniel, music, peace, harmony…) 

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Media Alert – For immediate release

Local bands join forces to pay homage to Joe Strummer, who passed away 10 years ago, and to raise money for Free Arts Mn in recognition of Daniel Levy, who lost his battle with depression one year ago. This is the third non-annual version of this event; the event originated the year of Joe’s death, and was held for two years at the Triple Rock. After an eight-year hiatus, we are thrilled with the enthusiasm of the bands that are donating their time and energy to the event.There will be a lot of music packed into the night; we hope people are able to come early and stay late to enjoy a wide ranging set list.

“Turning Rebellion Into Money” – A Tribute to Joe Strummer
Friday, February 1st, 7:30pm 18+
$5 advance, $10 door

Turning Rebellion Into Money – A Tribute To Joe Strummer – Slated to appear:

The 9/16s (Jeremy Ylvisaker, Janey Winterbauer, James Everest, Trent Norton, Matt Darling and Richard Medek)
Adam Levy & The Honeydogs
Al Church & State
Blue Sky Blackout with Janey Winterbauer
BNLX+ with guest Jim McGuinn
Dylan Hicks
The Farewell Circuit
Haley Bonar
James Diers
Jim Ruiz Set
Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets
Martin Devaney
Rob Skoro & Anonymous Choir (one show only!)
Rogue Valley
Van Stee
plus spoken word by Guante
Special guest DJs

All proceeds from the night will be donated to Free Arts Minnesota in memory of Daniel Levy- artist, musician, Clash fan.

So there you have it, two wonderful reasons to attend in Joe and Daniel plus 17 bands to make it a night to remember. Gittalong


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5 responses to “Twin Cities to honour Strummer and a loyal fan this week”

  1. Ali Lozoff says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I hope to see some of you Minnesota Clash fans at the show.

  2. Gina says:

    Great write up, Tim! Thanks, Ali. My husband and I will be there Friday!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Tim, thanks so much for this. I’d forgotten Daniel did merch at this as a boy. Wow. I never had any idea we’d be here. See you tonight. Much love. Adam

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