The Current rings in five years of public radio with the help of local royalty

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Photos by Daniel Corrigan
Mayors Chris Coleman and RT Rybak greet the sold-out crowd
It was a birthday party fit for a king, as a sold-out First Avenue was jam packed with a lively crowd gathered to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of local radio station the Current. But with an all Minnesota line-up, the night was just as much an appreciation of burgeoning local talent as it was a recognition of the importance and impact of the Twin Cities best radio station. While a few of the performances didn't quite live up to the occasion, having Prince, R.T. Rybak, Chris Coleman, and Chris Osgood all present (as well as taped testimonials from Dan Wilson and Bob Mould), it's hard to issue too many complaints about what ended up being a truly memorable evening.

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The Twilight Hours
The Twilight Hours kicked things off, and while these longtime veterans of the scene have managed to craft a modern twist on their classic rock sound, most of the crowd were still thawing out from waiting in unusually long lines outside the club (caused by a predominance of will-call tickets for the show). So, their brief but lively set failed to really resonate with the mostly young audience who probably aren't all that familiar with John Munson and Matt Wilson's distinguished former bands.

Photo by Daniel Corrigan
Local two-piece Lookbook played a lovely, atmospheric set that was heavy on synthetic beats and the angelic vocals of Maggie Morrison. Their simmering set started out slowly, but eventually managed to catch fire, with a great version of "Wild At Heart" really standing out. The swelling crowd was still in the process of settling in, however, and the band's moody music was often lost amidst the growing din.

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