Indie rock group Low headlines benefit concert at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery
The indie rock group Low will headline the second annual benefit concert at Minneapolis’ Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery on Saturday, June 9 with special guest, Zoo Animal. Proceeds from the performance will help support the Friends of the Cemetery’s efforts to restore the historic steel and limestone pillar fence that serves as the border of the cemetery, along Lake Street and Cedar Avenue.
Tickets can be purchased at Electric Fetus, Hymie's Vintage Records, Treehouse Records, and online at www.friendsofthecemetery.org. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the show. Tickets are limited, so advanced purchase is advised. Tickets are not required for children 12 years and under; however, donations are welcome. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with Zoo Animal performing at 5:30 p.m. and Low taking the stage at 7:00 p.m.
Low, one of the best known indie rock groups to come out of Minnesota, formed in Duluth in 1993. The band consists of Alan Sparhawk, Mimie Parker, and Steve Garrington. Sparkhawk and Parker, who first met in fourth grade in rural Minnesota, are married with two children. Often labeled slowcore, their music has also been described as “hypnotic and entrancing” by nationally renowned music critic Jim Derogatis. Low’s performance will include songs from their most recent album, C’mon, which Chris Riemenschneider calls “some of the prettiest, warmest music they have made together.” The cemetery will provide a unique and reflective backdrop for their first local show after their recent tour with Death Cab for Cutie.
Food trucks — Hola Arepa and Dandelion Kitchen — will sell food during the event. Bike parking will be available within the cemetery. Free parking will be available at the Greenway Office Building (2801 21st Avenue South) and the Community Education Services Building (2225 East Lake Street) parking lots. On-street parking is also available. No parking will be available within the cemetery, which is located at 2925 Cedar Avenue South.
Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, established in 1853, is the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis. It is also a Minneapolis landmark and the only cemetery in Minnesota that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the final resting place of over 21,000 pioneers, veterans and immigrants. It contains the graves of some of the first settlers of the city, many of whom made major contributions to local history; soldiers and veterans of the War of 1812, the Dakota Conflict, the Civil War, the Mexican American War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I; mid to late nineteenth century European immigrants, early African American citizens and abolitionists. Notable individuals buried in the cemetery include Philander Prescott, Charles W. Christmas, and William Goodridge.
Published May 9, 2012