In the wake of the recent benefit and tribute show for St. Paul-bred emcee Mikey “Eyedea” Larsen at First Avenue, two additional fundraisers and memorial concerts are set to take place this weekend in the rapper’s hometown, one month after his death.
This Saturday, check out another side of Larsen with the “EYE Will” exhibition opening at Nicademus Art and Framing on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, featuring his own visual art displayed alongside work by Michael Gaughan, James Penfield, Booka B, Louis N LaPierre, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Satori, and George Tompson. The free exhibition runs through December 10.
Immediately following the opening, the “EYE Will” party moves over to the Turf Club with live sets from Face Candy, Kill the Vultures, Kristoff Krane, No Bird Sing, Carnage, Guitar Party, Sector 7G, and Mr. Dufaux. Tickets for the Turf Club show will be $10 at the door or $8 if purchased at Nicademus Art and Framing. Both the “EYE Will” exhibition and the show are benefits; all art and ticket sales go to the Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen & Family Fund.
Next Thursday, December 2, a group of “St. Paul’s Finest” will gather at Station 4 for a follow-up to First Avenue’s memorial show, which organizers hope “will give anyone who couldn’t attend November 9 celebration to be a part of his legacy/memory.” Performers at the Station 4 show include Sensory Motel, Sota Boys, Eden, Elliott Graber, Conner Allen, Murphey’s Midnight Rounders, and “special surprise guests.” There will be a suggested donation of $7-10 collected at the door, which will benefit Larsen’s family. Additionally, Station 4 will donate $1 from each drink sold to the memorial fund.