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Color Me Obsessed: Replacements documentary screening to benefit Slim Dunlap

The Replacements as seen on the "Color Me Obsessed" poster

On the eve of the Replacements’ much-anticipated reunion performance, a special director’s cut of the documentary Color Me Obsessed will be shown at the Parkway Theater on Sept. 12. Also featuring live music and a memorabilia raffle, this fandom spectacular has been deemed “All Replacements Eve.”

Featuring interviews with fans, friends and contemporaries, Color Me Obsessed became a sleeper hit upon its release in 2011. “I thought, people believe in God without seeing or hearing him but rather through the passion, faith, and stories of others,“ director Gorman Berchard told Rolling Stone. “After watching Color Me Obsessed, I’m pretty sure music fans will believe in the Replacements in much the same way.”

Proceeds will benefit former Replacements guitarist “Slim” Dunlap, who suffered a massive stroke in 2012. Since his tragic ailment, a flood of support has rushed in, both financial and emotional. In a recent visit to the Current’s studios the Baseball Project dedicated their song “The Babe” to Slim, and former Mayor R.T. Rybak even declared February 14, 2013 Slim Dunlap Day. Most notably, Replacements founders Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson banded together to record an EP on his behalf, Songs for Slim. The EP reunion has since snowballed into a series of shows including the performance at Midway Stadium on Sept. 13, which will be the band’s first local show since 1991.

“What better way to celebrate and psyche out for the first Twin Cities Replacements show in 23 years,” says Berchard in a press release, “plus see some truly surprise guests, as they pay tribute to Minnesota’s most notorious and endearing rock bands, and our dear friend Slim.”

The night will kick off in a cover song “Talent Show” led by Platypus. Local artists Curtiss A, Stereo Rules, Whirlygigs, Tim Casey & The Martyrs, and the Badinovs will also perform renditions of ‘Mats’ classics. Sioux Falls Argus music writer and “Live Ledge” podcaster Scott D. Hudson will serve as host and do a live podcast.

Tickets for “All Replacements’ Eve” are available, for $12, here.

Selena Carlson is currently tackling a double major in journalism and music business at Augsburg College. In addition to writing, she is an avid enthusiast of all things banjo; biking; and breakfast for dinner.