Thanksgiving Eve is one of the year’s busiest nights for live music: local bands are home and ready to rock. Here are some of the hottest tickets — both live shows and dance nights — in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Davina & The Vagabonds
Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis
7:00 p.m., $15
Dakota regulars Davina & The Vagabonds will have you swinging and singing right through your Thanksgiving.
Famous Dave’s Saloon Drinksgiving
Famous Dave’s Blues Club, Minneapolis
8:00 p.m., $10
Join White Iron Band, Mark Andrew Band, and The Burbillies for Famous Dave’s annual Drinksgiving show.
Feelin’ Alright: A Tribute to Joe Cocker
Parkway Theater, Minneapolis
8:00 p.m., $25, all ages
Mick Sterling leads a tribute to the legendary performer who was the first act to grace the stage of First Avenue.
Fleetwood Magic: A Tribute to the Mac
Turf Club, St. Paul
8:00 p.m., $10, 21+
Join Red Daughters, Just Perfect, Meg Ashling, Pleather and Lace, Robust Worlds, and DJ Jen Hughes for a night of celebrating the legendary British-American rockers.
Flip Phone Dance Party: A Very Nicki Thanksgiving
9:30 p.m., $5, 21+
Join DJ Lil’ Honey Pot and DJ Feminist Killjoy for some Nicki Minaj inspired tunes until the early morning of Thanksgiving.
Lee’s Annual Drinksgiving Special
Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis
9:00 p.m., $8
Join the Electric Party Authority, the Non-Prophets, and DJ Mellow Magic for some Thanksgiving pregaming.
The Love Below: All R&B Dance Night
7th St Entry, Minneapolis
10:00 p.m., $7, 18+
TIIIIIIIIIIP, DJ Keezy, Sophia Erris (of GRRRL PRTY), Alibaster Jones, and Mica May Grimm will be spinning the beats until the early hours of turkey day.
10:00 p.m., $8/$10, 21+
PaviElle’s compelling live show will leave your soul satisfied — and your belly craving a slice of pumpkin pie.
The Ike Reilly Assassination
First Avenue, Minneapolis
7:30 p.m., $16, 18+
The Illinois-based singer-songwriter — continuing his Thanksgiving Eve tradition at First Ave — will be accompanied by Trailer Trash and American Scarecrows.
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St. Paul
9:30 p.m., free, 21+
Join the Minneapolis DJs to burn off all the calories of your Thanksgiving dinner before you eat them.
Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
7:00 p.m., $30, all ages
Congrats if you scored tickets to this sold-out acoustic show by the legendary New Wave band Squeeze.
8:30 p.m., $20, 18+
The Minneapolis rockers, with an opening set from fellow locals The Stress of Her Regard, will be cranking out the jams all Thanksgiving Eve.
Tramps Like Us
331 Club, Minneapolis
9:30 p.m., free, 21+
Tramps Like Us lead a Thanksgiving Eve lineup at the 331 that also includes Stereo Intercourse, with an early show by Nikki and the RueMates at 7:00 p.m. for those who want to get up with Al Roker the next morning.
Transmission Day Before Thanksgiving with DJ Jake Rudh
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
10:00 p.m., $6/$8, 21+
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving Eve without DJ Jake Rudh’s annual Day Before Transmission.
Skyway Theater, Minneapolis
8:00 p.m., $12/$15, 18+
MEAUX GREEN, Atreides, MicDaddy, MVINIV, and DJ Mauller will be spinning the best jams to get you energized and ready to go for your turkey day festivities.
Emily Raffesberger is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas, studying music business.