More tornado relief efforts

Tickets for a benefit concert this weekend to help north Minneapolis rebuild from last month’s tornado just went on sale Friday. But, an organizer says, sales are slow.

All the musicians are throwing in their time at the State Theater on June 12 and the theater has donated the venue.

The lineup:

* Sounds of Blackness (Northside, various members)

* Soul Asylum

* Brother Ali

* Robert Robinson (Northside)

* Larry Long

* Joyful Noize

* Tonia Hughes (Northside)

* Billy McLaughlin Group

* Sara Renner (Northside)

* Jeanne, Patty, Jason and Paul Peterson

* Cameron Wright (Northside)

* Paris Bennett (American Idol finalist) and Jamecia Bennett (Northside)

* The New Standards

* Dean Magraw

* Prudence Johnson

* GB Leighton (solo)

* The TC Jammers

* Van Nixon

* Toki Wright

* DJ Freddy Fresh

* Darnell Davis and the Remnant

* Keri Noble

* Ginger Commodore

* Tou Saiko Lee

* Thomasina Petrus

* T. Mychael Rambo

Find more information here.

Maybe music isn’t your thing. The North Minneapolis Post Tornado Facebook site reports three volunteers are “urgently needed” for a donation effort on Saturday.

Must have experience in warehouse operations ( reception, inventory, packing e.t.c. Each would lead a shift of about 30 which would be split into smaller teams. Also, can anyone donate pallets? gloves?( about 300 gloves), back braces, shrink wrap, boxes? weighing machine? email get@mplstornado.info Shifts : 6-10, 10-2, 2-6.

The donation drive — dubbed Super Saturday — will collect items at 2818 Washington Ave N. Here’s the list of needed items.

  • Dave S.

    Sorry to hear sales are slow. About half of the listed artists are Gospel. They’re also phenomenally talented, but Gospel music isn’t everyone’s cuppa. I think it would help if some more big non-gospel names stepped up. Soul Asylum and Brother Ali are in there, but how about The Jayhawks? Or Atmosphere? Or some of the Doomtree crowd? Or that short guy with the hieroglyph for a name?