Though the night before Thanksgiving has traditionally been a good night for music, never before do I recall seeing a calendar with so many great local shows on it in one night. Every venue that HowWasTheShow frequents is hosting a show worthy of our recommended shows list.
Instead quaking at the knees in the face of an overwhelming concert schedule, I'm going to try (note, I said "try") to go to every single show on my own list. In order to make the schedule I doubt there will even be time for a drink in each venue, but that's probably for the best considering the number of venue visits it will require. (Count 'em. I think it's 12 so far. If I make it, I'll at least double my record of 6 I think I set in 2002.)
Oh, and I'm still open to late breaking recommendations....
The list is in no particular order, though if you're going to try and attend all these shows, you are probably advised to start at the Triple Rock for the early Hopefuls show, then go to the 331 for Accident Clearinghouse as that show will likely conclude at 10PM. From that point on, your guess is as good as mine.
Halloween, Alaska w/ DJ Abilities and Dosh - Varsity Theater
Ike Reilly w/ Trampled By Turtles and Little Man - First Avenue 8PM $13/15
The Hopefuls / Small Towns Burn a Little Slower / Killing Bottle / One for the Team - Triple Rock 5PM $8
Rogue Wave / The Hopefuls / Kubla Kahn - Triple Rock 9PM
Kraig Johnson & The Program featuring Special Guests - 400 Bar $10
Transmission - 1 year anniverary at the Hex party! featuring musical guests, The Autumn Leaves - Hexagon Bar $0
Melismatics / Monarques / X-Ray Hip / Stall - 7th Street 8PM $6
Accident Clearinghouse w/ Olaf and The Organ Donors (A.C. plays every Wednesday from Nov. 16th through Dec. 28th) - 8 PM to 10 PM - The 331 Club - Free
Faux Jean / Ouiji Radio / Dander - Uptown Bar 10PM
The Koalas w/ Kwang - Club Underground (Spring Street Bar & Grill Basement) 9PM
Randy Casey and the DeTractors - Lee's Liquor Lounge 9PM
Rock for Brain Injury A Benefit for Restart featuring James Diers, Marlee MacLeod, JoAnna James, Grassy Knolls, The Owls and Tim O'Reagan - Cedar Cultural Center 7:30PM