If you were to pass away, who would play your memorial show?
- Brand New
- Good Charlotte
- By The Thousands
- Stuck With Arthur
That’s my list. A little bit of happy, a little bit of sad, a little bit of friends, a little bit of superstar, and a whole lot of my life’s soundtrack.
Nick Blood was (and always will be) a beast in this music scene. He was the founder of Blood of the Young Records based out of Minneapolis. I had met Nick a few times at shows around town but truly had no clue who he was. All I knew is that he was a super nice guy with a passion for music and the drive to do something about said passion. After going to his memorial show last night, I feel like I know him better than I know some of my friends.
Nick passed away tragically and suddenly a couple of weeks ago so the music scene did what they do best. Bands that he had worked with for years came together and played as a tribute to Nick. Some of these bands hadn’t played for damn near 20 years and last night served as a reunion for them. Some of the bands have recently found fame but came back to celebrate the life of this amazing man.
There was something for everyone last night. You had a little bit of rap, a little bit of indie-pop, a little bit of metal, and a whole lot of talent. If you didn’t like the band that was on stage at any moment, all you had to do was wait twenty minutes and there would be something else on stage. It was beyond beautiful.
All of the bands and artists sounded amazing but here were some of my favorites:
- P.O.S- He is always amazing. P.O.S. is a member of Doomtree and a great local rapper. His set was short but he was able to play a little bit of everything. The crowd joined into his little five second dance breaks during one of his songs and seemed to know every word to every single song. He reminisced about the house that Nick was a part of where kids would go just to perform and listen to music. Sounded like Nick was truly a savior of the scene.
- Tickle Torture- Wow. What more can I say than just wow. Tickle Torture has a live show that makes you stand back and say, “What in the actual fuck?!” It’s sexual, it’s high energy, it’s completely inappropriate, it’s memorable, and it’s absolutely perfect. Uncle Tickle, the singer, refuses to keep his clothes on and isn’t afraid of letting it all hang out on stage. Although he seemed a bit reserved last night, it was still nothing short of extreme as his female dancer grinded up on him and hit him with a whip repeatedly. There was confetti, glitter and a whole lot of booty shaking. The music is a great mix of electro-pop and baby making music and you can’t help but start moving around during the set.
- Sean Na Na rarely plays shows anymore but they got together last night to honor Nick Blood. Sean Na Na is fronted by the one and only Sean Tillmann who is better known as Har Mar Superstar. His backing band is full of great musicians from the local scene including Paddy Costello (the bassist of legendary punk band Dillinger Four). So yes, I got to see Har Mar Superstar on stage with Paddy Costello of Dillinger Four… yeah, you should definitely be jealous right now.
All of the bands last night were great but if I did a paragraph on each of the nine bands that played last night, this post would be ridiculously long and you would probably never read another post of mine again.
I didn’t know Nick Blood personally. I knew of him, I had met him, but I never put two and two together. After listening to the soundtrack of his life last night, I almost feel like he and I went way back. Music is a connection stronger than blood and last night was proof of that.
Who would play your memorial show? What music defines your life? What does your life’s soundtrack sound like? What music makes you feel alive?
Rest in Peace Nick Patrick Thompson. You will be missed by so many people and the whole music scene of the Twin Cities.
Venue: First Avenue
Sausage Fest Meter- 4 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 30
Crowd Surfers- None
Stage Divers- None
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Overall Score- 7 out of 10
Show on Deck- Doomtree!