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Tribute to Jason Molina at Bluebird Saturday

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Dearly departed and dearly beloved Jason Molina will be celebrated with an all-star concert and memorial at the Bluebird this weekend. Molina, 39, died on March 16 from organ failure due to alcoholism. His addiction, long known to fans and listeners, had caused members of his family and friends to seek funds for his medical care in the last few years of his life.

Molina is known to most as the man behind Songs: Ohia, and later, Magnolia Electric Company. His music was widely celebrated by reviewers and music lovers alike. Almost all of it was released on Secretly Canadian Records, as Molina was closely tied to the Bloomington music scene.

At the Saturday concert, musicians from around the country will gather to perform songs specific to the eras during which they recorded with Molina. Guests include Swearing at Motorists, Jennie Benford, Mike Brenner, Andy Cohen and Tim Midget of Bottomless Pit and Silkworm, David Vandervelde, members of Golden Boots, Lawrence Peters, Elephant Micah, Chris Kupersmith, with more guests promised.

It's also the release date for the Songs: Ohia classic Hecla & Griper, including the first time the album will be available on vinyl. Secretly Canadian was collaborating with Molina on this release, as well as other projects, before his death.

Another tribute album, currently available on Graveface Records, features covers of Molina songs by Jeffrey Lewis, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Phil Elverum, John Vanderslice and Allo Darlin'. All proceeds will be donated to help cover medical and funeral costs for Molina.

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