‘Save this fetus!’ says local music community

Musicians from Cloud Cult to Jeremy Messersmith team up to raise money for The Electric Fetus, Haiti relief.

PHOTO COURTESY ELECTRIC FETUS

PHOTO COURTESY ELECTRIC FETUS

Conrad Schoenleber

WHAT: The Electric Fetus Reborn: A benefit for the Fetus & the American Red Cross relief in Haiti FEATURING: Mainroom: Cloud Cult, Roma Di Luna, Jeremy Messersmith, Trailer Trash, Unknown Prophets. The Entry: Peter Wolf Crier, Total Babe, Caroline Smith and The Goodnight Sleeps, Ruby Isle, Bill Mike Band WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. WHERE: First Avenue and 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N. TICKETS: $16/$20 Glass covers the ground bearing the logo of the iconic Electric Fetus. The broken shards are a reminder of the destruction inflicted by the Aug. 19 tornado that wreaked havoc on the building with damage costs reaching nearly seven figures. To assist the Fetus in returning to its former glory, First Avenue is hosting a benefit show to raise money, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the American Red Cross Relief fund in Haiti. A strong supporter of local music, karma is paying off for the Fetus. Many of the acts playing the show have at one time called the FetusâÄô stage home, and the record store has helped them earn more than a few bucks. âÄúInitially some of the bands who weâÄôve had in here came in very soon after the tornado and they wanted to do something to help,âÄù said Paul Christianson, a manager at The Electric Fetus. Even Cloud Cult came out of the woodwork, quite a feat considering they havenâÄôt performed in Minneapolis since March 2009. Their ethereal art-rock set starts at 8 p.m., so be sure to arrive early to catch their whimsical live act. From then on, the lineup has an act to fill every fanâÄôs desire. From Trailer Trash, a country group, to Unknown Prophets, a local underground rap band, to folk rock with Roma Di Luna, the evening has most genres covered. Along with plenty of live music, there will be a silent auction of music and Minnesota memorabilia. âÄúWeâÄôve got a guitar signed by Judas Priest, the Killers donated one, Mason Jennings, Emmylou Harris, all kinds of box collections of music. ThereâÄôs even things like a Paul Molitor baseball,âÄù Christianson said. From vendors to bands to fans, there has been a large outreach to help the Fetus. For many, that help has come through dedicated patronage. Many loyal customers have continued to shop even during construction and repairs. The store and its customers embody the local feeling of Minnesota nice. âÄúThe day after the storm, someone came by and anonymously left a big bag of breakfast sandwiches for us. It was such a nice feeling to know that someone cared enough to âÄî at their own expense âÄî drop a bunch of food off for us,âÄù Christianson said. Local indie musician Jeremy Messersmith has benefited from the Electric FetusâÄô support as well. âÄúThe Electric Fetus is the only place I actually sell records,âÄù he said. âÄúI think that the people who go to the Electric Fetus buy local music and thatâÄôs part of the big reason theyâÄôve been around for such a long time.âÄù Messersmith will be premiering new tracks off his upcoming album on the main stage. With the help of the community and artists, the Electric Fetus will continue to be a favorite haunt of local music junkies. A&EâÄôs Best in Show: Cloud Cult: YouâÄôve probably heard their song, âÄúLucky Today,âÄù on that obnoxious Esurance commercial. Their latest album, âÄúFeel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)âÄù is on many top 10 record lists from the past decade, including those of many A&E writers. TheyâÄôre currently taking a break and only returning for this show. Jeremy Messersmith: singer/songwriter Messersmith is one part The Shins, one part Minneapolis. Recently featured on MTV, Messersmith seems to be on the verge of breaking out. A talented songwriter, Messersmith is an artist to watch. Total Babe: Teenage indie rockers Total Babe exceed expectations. Talented beyond their years (the lead singer is just 17!), their recent EP, âÄúHeatwaveâÄù is a well-accomplished sample of tuneful dream pop. They recently had their track âÄúShape UpâÄù featured on âÄúGreyâÄôs Anatomy,âÄù so watch out for them on the prime time scene.