Tommy Stinson Hosts New Concert Series @ Club Helsinki

Cameron Melville, Ryder Cooley, Tommy Stinson and Chip Roberts
Tommy Stinson @ Club Helsinki’s Open Mic Night with Cameron Melville, Ryder Cooley and Chip Roberts

Photograph by Tim Livingston

Hudson’s own Tommy Stinson – co-founding member of the legendary post-punk outfit the Replacements and current touring member of Guns N’ Roses – has something new up his sleeve. He’ll be the curator and host of the new performance series, “Friday Night Is Killing Me,” at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Featuring an array of surprise musical guests, the inaugural installment of the series is slated for Wednesday, November 25, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $25 for reserved seating.

The shows will be filmed to capture the spontaneous magic that happens when Stinson, a cult indie-rock figure in his own right, meshes his personality and considerable musical chops on bass, guitar and vocals with an ever-changing line-up of friends and collaborators – both musically and otherwise.

The shows will have an informal, off-the-cuff feel and will emphasize plenty of musical and verbal give-and-take between Stinson and company.

Stinson has organized, hosted and headlined a number of charity benefit shows at Club Helsinki, most recently Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends, a January benefit concert for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity featuring Happiness, Rhett Miller, Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin, Dust Bowl Faeries, Ruby Stinson. And based on the line-ups of Stinson’s previous talent-packed shows and extensive rolodex, each “Friday Night Is Killing Me” show should prove to be a unique and engaging experience.

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