Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaims Friday Har Mar Superstar Day
This isn't the first time a musician has gotten a special nod from the mayor. Last year, Rybak honored Doomtree with their own day in December.
Andy Holmaas, director of community outreach in the mayor's office, recalls when Rybak heard that "Lady You Shot Me" was the work of a locally raised musician. "We know he doesn't currently live here, but that won't stop us from claiming him," Holmaas writes in an email.
Since then, Rybak has been a fan of the now-Brooklyn-based artist and interacts with him on Twitter.
Har Mar announced the news this morning on Twitter.
Read the full text of Rybak's proclamation:
Whereas, Har Mar Superstar -- born in Marshall, Minnesota and raised in Owatonna Minnesota -- attended Perpich Center for Arts Education, where he was inspired to incubate his talents for performance and make lasting connections that propelled him into a life of performing; and
Whereas, he continues to show his appreciation for Perpich Center for Arts Education with yearly visits to speak to students about turning their art into their lifestyle; and
Whereas, Har Mar Superstar impressed director Todd Phillips at a concert at the famous West Hollywood club, The Troubador; and
Whereas, he went on to have an epic dance-off scene in "Starsky and Hutch," which led to leading to numerous other film appearances; and
Whereas, Har Mar Superstar has worked across multiple mediums of performance art, and he hosts a podcast titled "Nocturnal Emotions" that draws people of interest into long conversations featuring guests ranging from Flea to Macaulay Culkin; and
Whereas, Har Mar Superstar has always had an admirable talent in bringing people together, from his fans or the performers he works with: he has collaborated with a large portion of Minnesota's finest musicians in the project Gayngs, as well as sharing the stage with The Strokes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gossip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and countless others; and
Whereas, 2013 has proven to be the strongest musical year of Har Mar Superstar's career with the release of "Bye Bye 17," a passionate and gritty soul record that was recorded with Jim Eno of Spoon, and released by Julian Casablancas' label Cult Records; and
Whereas, from the age of 13, Har Mar Superstar dreamed about headlining the world's greatest rock-and-roll club, First Avenue in Minneapolis, where he has since played the Entry and the Mainroom and now considers the First Avenue staff like family; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, R.T. RYBAK, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim September 20, 2013 as:
Tickets for the show with Lizzo and Purple are still available at First Avenue's website.