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Rocking the bar, in two senses: Barristers amp up for the Attractive Nuisance Tour

School of rock? Photo by Tim Post/MPR.

Jackson Browne taught us about “Lawyers in Love,” Belle and Sebastian know a good “Legal Man,” and George Harrison played the “Sue Me, Sue You Blues,” but now it’s time for some local lawyers to sing their own songs.

On Friday, May 16, the Crooked Pint Ale House will play host to the 2014 Attractive Nuisance Tour. Presented by the Minnesota Music Coalition—a local organization dedicated to creating a vibrant local music community—and the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF), the event was created to support the MJF’s summer clerkship program.

Formed in 1983, this unique opportunity places local law students in clerkships at legal aid offices and public interest organizations that suffer from a lack of resources. The students, who work at least 400 hours per summer, provide help with casework, research and legal writing, all the while gaining valuable experience. Over the years, the Attractive Nuisance Tour has raised thousands of dollars, thereby allowing students to donate, according to the MJF website, “over 250,000 hours of service to low-income and public sector communities.”

This year’s event offers a rich lineup of local bands, many of whom include practicing lawyers and law students. Local seven-piece indie band Noisy Withdrawal—featuring no fewer than five members who are licensed to practice law as well as to rock—will return to play diverse covers of power pop and country rock favorites. Garage rockers the Original Abdomen are also back, and all set to get technical now that member Jake Abdo is enrolled in law school. The show will also feature a semi-acoustic set from singer-songwriters Garth Morrisette and Tony Mendoza in the St.-Paul-based group Bluff Country, and “positive vibrations” from reggae fusion band Uncommon Roots.

Doors for the tour will open at 5:00 p.m. and the counsellors will plug in at 6:00 p.m. Like Morrissey, you’ll change your plea to guilty…of having a great time for a great cause.

Mallory Guinee is a blogger, a harpist, and a French major at Carleton College. She loves traveling, long chats over tea, and listening to great music while lying on the living room floor.