Thanksgiving Eve party guide

JAHNA PELOQUIN | Updated 11/19/2012

The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the year's biggest nights for parties and live music.

The Ike Reilly Assassination

The Ike Reilly Assassination


Thanksgiving means food and family time, but it also means a day off during the workweek. What else is there to do but party on Wednesday like it’s the weekend? Here’s our guide to one of the partiest nights of the year, Thanksgiving Eve. 

All Tomorrow’s Petty: The Twin Cities preeminent Tom Petty cover band, All Tomorrow’s Petty features an all-star lineup including Rob Skoro, Jacob Hanson and James Diers of Halloween, Alaska and Rogue Valley’s Joey Kantor. (10 p.m. Wed. Free. All ages. Red Stag Supperclub, 509 1st Av. N.E., Mpls. 612-767-7766.)

Tramps Like Us: Cover bands seem to be a theme this Thanksgiving Eve. Hot off the Boss’ two-night stint at Xcel a week ago, Bruce Springsteen cover band Tramps Like Us features another all-star roster of local talent, including present and former members of Gospel Gossip, Pony Trash, Poor Weather Club, Liftbridge, Yours Truly and the Blackthorns. (9:30 p.m. Wed. Free. 21-plus. 331 Club, 331 13th Av. N.E., Mpls.)

Drinksgiving with E.L.nO and Hookers $ Blow: Two of the Twin Cities’ most venerable cover bands co-headline a bill at Lee’s Liquor Lounge. While the David Campbell-fronted E.L.nO stick mainly to the Electric Light Orchestra catalog, Hookers $ Blow focus on soul classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s with a lineup that includes former and current members of the Honeydogs, the Dollys, the Bodeans and the “Prairie Home Companion” band. (9 p.m. Wed. $12. 21-plus. Lee’s Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood Av., Mpls. 612-338-9491.)

Those Were the Days: Yet another tribute band, Those Were the Days is an all-star local cover band playing the songs of ‘60s-era U.K. featuring Raven Darkly, Katy Vernon, the Flamin’ Oh’s’ Terry Isachsen, the Honeydogs’ Peter Anderson, Emma Melcher and Simon Husbands. The Katy Vernon Band opens. (7 p.m. Wed. $5. Brit’s Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 612-332-3908.)

The Ike Reilly Assassination Thanksgiving Eve: For ten years running, the Ike Reilly Assassination has played its night-before-Thanksgiving show, a rollicking night of classic roots rock peppered with Reilly’s entertaining stage antics, storytelling and boozed-up crowd singalongs. It’s a Thanksgiving Eve tradition like no other. Communist Daughter opens. (7:30 p.m. Wed. $15. 18-plus. First Avenue, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls. 612-332-1775.)

Hannibal Buress: In the mood for comedy? Then head to Acme for a headlining set from Chicago-bred comic Hannibal Buress, whom Chris Rock has called a mix between Steven Wright, Mos Def and Dave Chappelle. Reared as a writer for “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” Buress has become a fixture on Comedy Central and late night talk shows. (8 p.m. Wed., Fri. & Sat. 10:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. $20. 18-plus. Acme Comedy Club, 708 N. 1st St., Mpls. 612-338-6393.)

Transmission’s Greatest Hits: Wednesday night new wave/post-punk dance party Transmission celebrates its biggest night of the year with an all-out bash at the Varsity Theater. DJ Jake Rudh is promising sets of Transmission favorites dating from the ‘60s to today. (9 p.m. Wed. $5-8. 21-plus. Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. S.E., Mpls. 612-604-0222.)

Swingeasy: Taking a cue from its speakeasy-themed Halloween bash, Clubhouse Jäger’s new Swingeasy night combines the classic sounds of jazz and swing music with a modern beat, courtesy of DJs Dirty McKenzie and SL8R. (10 p.m. Wed. Free. 21-plus. Clubhouse Jäger, 923 Washington Av. N., Mpls.)

Happy Fangsgiving: Touting itself (somewhat inexplicably) as “the first and only vampire related Thanksgiving Eve party in the universe,” Happy Fangsgiving boasts a solid DJ lineup of Get Cryphy party starters Jimmy 2 Times, Last Word, Fundo and Mike 2600, plus DJ Daniel Berube, emcee La Manchitaand free fangs given away all night. (10 p.m. Wed. $5-7. 21-plus. Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-746-0306.)