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Monday, June 09, 2008

RT Rybak proclaims Friday, June 13th Electric Fetus Day

At a recent Nada Surf show at First Avenue, Matthew Caws called us lucky to have one of the best record stores in the world right here in the Twin Cities. That record store is the Electric Fetus, and this week it celebrates its 40th Anniversary. (They've got a few years to go to catch up with me, but they're damn near as old as I am.)

In honor of the occasion, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has proclaimed this Friday, June 13 Electric Fetus Day. This coincides with the 40th anniversary concert at First Ave.

Starting Tuesday, June 10th, almost everything in the store is 20% off (through June 15th). Electric Fetus brand apparel is 40% off for the entire month of June.

Atmosphere and Brother Ali play an in-store at Electric Fetus on Tuesday, June 10th to kick off the anniversary sale.

Here's the full schedule of events.

Tuesday, June 10th

Atmosphere and Brother Ali 9:30 PM

This is a private event. Customers will only be admitted with a pass issued by The Electric Fetus – 1 admission per pass. The passes for this event are completely free and will all be given out on a first come, first serve basis at The Electric Fetus when the store opens at 9 AM on Tuesday, June 10th – 1 pass per customer. No exceptions. This event is strictly limited to 350 people.

On the day of the event, the store will be open for business from 9 AM until 9 PM as usual. At 9 PM the store will be closed and then re-opened again from 9:15-11 PM, admitting only those with passes for the event. Atmosphere and Brother Ali will perform a short set together at 9:30 PM. Attendees of this event will be able to shop before and after the event until 11 PM. For more information or or

Wednesday, June 11th

Haley Bonar 7 PM

This event is free and open to the public. Haley will perform solo. Her new album Big Star (Afternoon Records) will be released nationally the previous day and will be available at this event. For more information on Haley or

Thursday, June 12th

Roma di Luna 7 PM

This event is free and open to the public. Roma di Luna’s third studio recording Casting the Bones will be available for the first time in stores at this event. For more information on the band or

Friday, June 13th

Charlie Parr 3 PM

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on Charlie or

Saturday, June 14th


The Teddy Bear Band 10 AM

This event is free and open to the public. Free juiceboxes for the kiddies. Free coffee for the adults courtesy of Peace Coffee. Free snacks for anyone who likes snacks courtesy of The Birchwood Café. For more information on TTBB

Sunday, June 15th


Donald Washington 2 PM / The James Buckley Trio 4 PM

These events are free and open to the public. Donald Washington will perform a solo saxophone set from 2 to 3 PM. Donald is a longtime customer and friend of The Fetus. Local jazz greats The James Buckley Trio is Bryan Nichols on keys, JT Bates on drums and namesake James Buckley on double-bass. For more information