By Cole Premo

From an album release show on “Drinksgiving” to a tribute show for a legendary Twin Cities band, here are the four shows to see this Thanksgiving week!


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WEDNESDAY: Mark Andrew Band CD Release @ Famous Dave’s – Mpls.

Come on out this “Drinksgiving” and celebrate the release of the Mark Andrew Band’s newest CD, entitled “The Eclectic Electric”!

The Mark Andrew Band is releasing its newest album at White Iron Band’s Annual Drinksgiving event at Famous Dave’s in Uptown.

Dives opens up the night at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.


THURSDAY: Well… celebrate Thanksgiving if you’d like.



FRIDAY: A Tribute To The Replacements @ Turf Club – St. Paul

This Friday, the Turf Club is hosting a tribute to legendary Twin Cities rockers, The Replacement, and the show is full of talent. And it’s for a good cause. Nice!

The show benefits the Twin Cities Music Community Trust and features artists like The Melismatics, Eleganza!, Tabah, Private Interests, Colin Cambell & The Shackletons, Nato Coles & Sam Beer and many more.

There’s also a special set of fan favorites with special guest vocalists that include Katy Vernon, Lydia Liza and others.

Tickets to the 21-plus show are $15! Show starts at 7 p.m.

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SATURDAY: Cactus Blossoms @ First Ave. Mainroom – Mpls.

Retro country swoonin’ duo, The Cactus Blossoms, is set to play at the iconic First Ave Mainroom this Saturday.

It’s the Minneapolis-based-but-gaining-national-notoriety group’s largest headline show to date! CB released their latest album, “You’re Dreaming”, at the beginning of the year.

Nicole Atkins joins them on the bill.

Tickets for the 18-plus show are $15. The show begins at 8 p.m.



SUNDAY: Mpls. Christmas Music Spectacular @ Parkway Theater – Mpls.

Legends of music and the television industry are coming together to help Pat Mackin, a successful saxophonist who was broadsided by a driver with a revoked license.

Mackin broke his neck, needed several surgeries and suffered a stroke after one of them. That left the talented saxophonist and avid climber paralyzed on his right side.

The show’s proceeds will go toward helping Mackin and his family during this difficult time.

The show features former WCCO Anchor Don Shelby, Melanie Rosales, Patty Peterson, Rob Arthur, Mick Sterling, David Eiland, Mark Lickteig, Lamont Cranston, Mary Jane Alm, Tex Pistols, Jody Hanks, Maurice Jacox, Teddy Bear Band!, Bobby Vandell, and many more!

Tickets are $20 and doors open at 2 p.m.

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