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On Saturday, May 19th, 2012, Minneapolis-based folk/rock band Murzik will release its fourth record, A Cat Named Murzik. A CD release show will be held at the Cedar Cultural Center with Bella Ruse. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Show is 21 plus with ID.  Read more...

The Melismatics are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their first album, Postmodern Rock, with a worldwide reissue on the band's own label, The Flight Simulator Recording Co.  
Postmodern Rock Deluxe Edition, released May 1st, features several bonus tracks including the new single "Missing Years."

This reissue was remastered by Ryan Smith with a new re-imagined track order, and also includes several previously unreleased tracks from the original sessions.

50% of all digital sales of this album will be donated to Twin Cities music nonprofit Rock the Cause. The Melismatics will also donate $1 from every physical CD sale to this charitable organization they have worked with many times over the last several years. Read More Here...

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Food Trucks Are Coming to Rock the Vine 3  

Rock the Vine 3 will feature Ffood truck cuisine from around the world. Enjoy festival favorites like River City Popcorn Company to more adventerous fair from West Indies Soul Food, World Street Kitchen, and Waffle Van! 

Pair this fantastic food with an array of wines from Saint Croix Vineyards, and handcrafted micro-brews from Summit Brewing Company!  

5% of the food all truck sales, 50% of all wine by the glass sales, and 100% of all beer purchased from Rock the Cause benefit the featured festival causes!

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Compatible Technology International (CTI) is a nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger and poverty in the developing world by designing and distributing simple, life-changing food and water technologies. CTI was founded in 1981 by a group of missionaries, research engineers, and food scientists. The team formed an organization of skilled volunteers that would use its knowledge and expertise to help the poor use simple tools and local resources to resolve their food problems.


CTI promotes food security by building and deploying devices that address the post harvest side of the food chain. Many organizations focus their efforts on seeds, fertilizers, and irrigation for cultivating crops, but few consider farmers' post harvest needs. CTI's devices help farmers process, store, and sell their crops--improving nutrition and providing economic opportunities for the rural poor. Learn more by clicking here 


Simple & affordable technology provides safe drinking water in rural Nicaragua
Simple & Affordable technology provides safe drinking water in rural Nicaragua.


Platinum-Selling Producer and Songwriter Kevin Bowe + The Okemah Prophets to Release Natchez  Trace - Release Concert Benefits Rock the Cause! 
Paul Westerberg, Scarlet Rivera, members of Wilco, The Jayhawks, and more contribute to the album.
On June 8, 2012, Kevin Bowe and his band The Okemah Prophets, featuring Peter Anderson (The Honeydogs) and Steve Price (ELNo), will release Natchez Trace--his first full-length album of original material in over a decade. Natchez Trace is a sweeping panorama of Tom Petty-style hooks on tracks like "Haven't You Heard," along with some very inspired ballads. Bowe and Paul Westerberg (The Replacements) collaborated to write "Everybody Lies," one of many great musical moments on the record. Also included are a blistering cover of John Lennon's "I Found Out" alongside a hippie-riffic take on Spirit's "Nature's Way".

Natchez Trace will be set free on June 8, 2012 at a double-header CD release show at the legendary Varsity Theater with soul songstress Alison Scott, who will be releasing her new CD the same night. An ensemble of some of the region's finest musicians will be in the supporting line-up, including Johnny Solomon and Molly Moore of Communist Daughter, Desdamona, Ben Lubeck of Farewell Milwaukee, The Laurel String Quartet, Elisa Wright of Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, and folk singer/songwriter Ellis. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Twin Cities music nonprofit Rock the Cause (irockthecause.org). Read more...


Tickets on sale at http://www.varsitytheater.org/




Alison Scott Releases Hiding Under the Covers Vol. 2 

Scott's new EP delivers the songs of Tom Waits, Radiohead, and Elliot Smith with southern soul and muddy grit!
Alison Scott will release Hiding Under the Covers Vol. 2 on June 8, 2012 with a concert at the legendary Varsity Theater in Saint Paul, MN. Covers Vol. 2 is a tour de force collection of songs by Tom Waits, Radiohead, Cat Stevens, Elliot Smith, and more served up in Scott's deeply soulful and unique vocal style.


Scott's previous efforts, like the well-received Chinese Whispers, have cemented her reputation as an artist that can pack night clubs and intimate theater settings all over the Midwest. This album is more proof positive that Scott's is a rare gift of raw, honest, and truly soulful vocals. Scott has sold over 10,000 records and continues to build fans all over the world. Read more here. 


Tickets on sale at http://www.varsitytheater.org/ - proceeds benefit Rock the Cause! 




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MINNESOTA REMEMBERS VIC CHESNUTT is an all-star charity compilation featuring Dan Wilson, Haley Bonar, David Simonett, Charlie Parr, Luke Redfield, and more, all in honor of Vic Chesnutt!     
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