Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Wednesday, January 3rd @ 8PM
Tomorrow, GainesFM will kick the year off with a headlining show at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry. The event features a lineup packed with heavy hitters including UJU, Baby Shel, Velvo, and Pilot Jonny; rounding out what should be a great night. This show will also serve a good cause, as every penny of the proceeds will be donated to a friend of FreeMinds ENT who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $8, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 318 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, September 19th @ 7:30PM
The guys from Free Minds took things to an entirely different level in 2017. Not only do they throw some of the biggest shows in the state, their artists are starting to be at the forefront of the Twin Cities’ hip hop scene. Tonight, they’re bringing Baton Rouge’s own, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, up for his first appearance in the Twin Cities. The 17 yr old rapper took off after the release of his 2016 mixtape 38 Baby, then managed to dodge an attempted murder charge, among a slew of other mixtape releases. Free Minds’ own GainesFM will open up the night while Tiiiiiiiiiip holds down the 1s & 2s. This show is 18+ and GA tickets are still available for $20 or you can upgrade to reserved seating for $35. Click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: XXXXXXXXXXXX, St. Paul When: Saturday, August 19th @ 10PM
The guys from So Cold Records are preparing to make the move out to L.A., so it’s only right that they go out in style. Kendrick Lamarr will headline the XCEL Energy Center early in the evening, but the lineup for this after party should keep things going well into the night. The event will feature performances from So Cold Records, Lexii Alijai, J. Plaza, GainesFM, KAS, and Radio Ahlee among others. This event is 18+ and the door is only $5, click the link below to RSVP and they’ll e-mail you the address the day before the event.
Earlier this year, GainesFM broke through in a major way with the release of his EP, Smile. Since then he has opened up for some of the hottest acts in hip hop and will play Summerset’s main stage this year, not a bad 2017. A couple of days ago he dropped the video for his EP’s title track and it is a visual stunner. Directed by Robert Henry, the video utilizes a variety of special effects and cool locations. Topper Atwood’s heavy hitting production provides a solid platform for Gaines to switch things up a little with an autotune draped flow. One of those songs that always gets the crowd moving, “Smile” now has a visual that does it’s high energy justice. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from GainesFM.
Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Thursday, August 10th @ 10PM
As we enter the back end of the summer, August is looking like the month with the most things to do. Among major staples like the Minnesota State Fair, Summerset Music Festival and Pizza Luce Block Party, there are also a lot of events tucked in the weeks between. The homie DJ Low will take over Honey on the Thursday leading up to Summerset, the night will include performances from UJU, GainesFM, DJ Low, Rich Garvey & Blamsiss, as well as a few special guests. This one is 21+ and the door is only $5, mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Thursday, May 18th @ 9PM
GainesFM, KT, and the entire Free Minds family have put in A TON of work over the years, but over the last year they have begun to build a certified empire. They’ll celebrate their birthday’s tonight at the Nomad, the event will feature sets from Finding Novyon, Chance York, Lyric Marid, Travis Gorman, DJ Smoove, and Baby Ghost. A solid lineup for the price of $10, this one is 21+ and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Thursday, April 27th @ 8:30PM
MMG’s own Stalley and the Broad Street Bully, Beanie Sigel, will be live at The Cabooze tonight. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Beans in the Twin Cities, so you can expect a healthy amount of hip hop heads in the building. The event will also feature opener GainesFM, as well as GO95’s DJ D-Mil. The door for this one is 18+ and tickets are still available for $20, click the link below to buy yours now.
The homie GainesFM recently opened for the Migos when they stopped by MYTH. The budding Twin Cities artist is scoring opening slots for some of the hottest artists out, as well as some truly legendary MCs. Peep the recap video from the Migos show above and keep an eye out for more from GainesFM.
Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Sunday, January 22nd @ 8PM
GainesFM is a puzzling figure. Seemingly at the height of his game, the tenacious MC is still overlooked by many in a city that continues to thrive. After having a stellar 2016, the Twin Cities artist is locked in as a favorite to break out in 2017. In a couple off weeks he’ll kick the year off strong with the release party for his project, Smile, at 7th Street Entry. The event will also feature performances from Devon Reason, Vice Boys, CRAM, and Travis Gorman to name a few. This one is 18+ and tickets are still available for $5, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 10 5th Street S, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, December 13th @ 6:30PM
Xavier Wulf has made quite a few stops in the Twin Cities over the last year, the Memphis artist is primed for a breakout year in 2017. The SESHOLLOWATERBOYZ are still very much alive, but he has more than earned his own solo tour. Tomorrow, Xavier willbe live at the Pourhouse with a lengthy list of openers including GainesFM, Hard_R, and Prolly Tri$ among others. This one is all ages and tickets are still available for $15, click the link below to grab yours.