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Rock the Cause - Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt

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Listen to Soft Picasso

Rock the Cause - Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt Live with Special Guests Official SXSW Showcase.

Georgia's late songwriting hero Vic Chesnutt made a lot of friends in the Twin Cities music scene early in his career, going back to his debut at the Uptown Bar when Soul Asylum's Danny Murphy introduced him by brazenly telling the crowd to “shut up and listen.” Right up to the end, Chesnutt had a large contingent of fans among our songwriters-over-singers-loving scene.

The a special live tribute to Georgia’s fallen song writing hero by some of Minnesota’s finest, including Rogue Valley, Luke Redfield, Sleep Study, Gabriel Douglas (The 4onthefloor), Adam Levy (The Honeydogs) Murzik, Minor Kingdom, Benjamin Cartel (Kaiser Cartel) with Wisconsin native Cory Chisel and more surprises TBA!

This showcasing event is in support of the 17 track compilation of Chesnutt classics entitled Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt released by music nonprofit Rock the Cause on its own label.

The impressive turnout for the much buzzed-about compilation features Vic Chesnutt classics performed by Dan Wilson, Haley Bonar, Trampled by Turtles' Dave Simonett, Charlie Parr, Ben Weaver, Wendy Lewis, JoAnna James, Alpha Consumer, Luke Redfield and more. Dave Simonett kicks off the album with "Gravity of the Situation," a had-me-at-hello type of introduction.

One of the compilation's highlights, "Soft Picasso" is performed by Minnesota native and Grammy Award winning singer songwriter and producer, Dan Wilson. Dan is best known for his work with his band Semisonic and for his collaborations with artists including Adele, The Dixie Chicks, Weezer, Mike Doughty and others.

Fans of Vic Chesnutt’s music are invited to come join the celebration and share stories about Vic Chesnutt. If time permits musical cameos playing tribute to Chesnutt are encouraged. Please contact to be considered.

Rock the Cause is donating proceeds from the album to Sweet Relief to provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Lifeworks Services a MN based nonprofit that provides innovative programs for people with disabilities.

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Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt is produced by Rock the Cause in association with McNally Smith College of Music, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, SXSW, Green Room Music Source, Irish Titan, and The Institute Of Production and Recording.

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