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P.O.S. to headline ‘Best Show Ever’ in downtown Minneapolis on September 13

P.O.S. (Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR)

After playing a few trial shows with Doomtree this year, rapper P.O.S. will finally get to take the stage to perform a solo set on Saturday, September 13, when he headlines a block party called “The F*cking Best Show Ever.”

It will mark P.O.S.’s first headlining show since October 2012—a show that was supposed to serve as the kickoff to a national tour behind his latest studio album, We Don’t Even Live Here, but turned bittersweet when he announced just days before the gig that he would be canceling the tour to undergo treatment for his worsening kidney disease. In the time since, Doomtree has helped P.O.S. (known off stage as Stefon Alexander) crowdsource the money to pay for a kidney transplant, and even utilized YouTube and social media to find a donor who could be a good match. Alexander received his transplant in March, telling fans, “I feel like a new dude.”

The new dude decided that a run-of-the-mill show at a club in town wouldn’t quite cut it, so he’s celebrating his return to the stage with a giant block party that he booked himself. The concert will take place outdoors in the same space where the Pizza Luce Block Party was held last year, with 4th St. blocked off between 1st and 2nd Avenues in downtown Minneapolis. An afterparty will continue at the neighboring Fine Line Music Cafe.

The outdoor portion of the block party will feature the first Minneapolis appearance by neo soul artist SZA, a DJ set by Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh and Ryan Olson, and performances by rappers Le1f, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, and Allan Kingdom, Greg Grease’s new electro-soul band Zuluzuluu, and DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip. The Fine Line afterparty will include sets by Lazerbeak and Dam Funk.

Find all the details—including a playlist featuring all of the acts involved—at thef*ckingbestshowever.com. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon.