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Your guide to Thanksgiving Eve concerts in Minneapolis and St. Paul

PaviElle at the Current's studios. Photo by Leah Garaas/MPR.

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.

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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.

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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

Honey, Minneapolis
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.

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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.

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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.



Icehouse, Minneapolis
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.


Slipmats Radio

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.

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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.

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The Suburbs

Cabooze, Minneapolis
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.

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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.