It'll be a hootenanny: The Replacements take the Midway stage tonight

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Twenty-three years and seven months.

That's how long it's been since The Replacements have played a concert in the Twin Cities.

Children have been born, raised and graduated from college since then, a 1991 February show that took place over two nights at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater.

Saturday night, that long dry spell gets snapped, as The Replcements take the stage at St. Paul's Midway Stadium for a long anticipated show. There will be no more achin' to be at a Replacements concert anymore.

Here's the schedule for tonight courtesy of the band (and it could be a lengthy one, if the use of question marks is any indication).

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Don't tell a soul about the show if you want getting in and out to be as easy as possible (OK, it might be a bit too late for that strategy, considering the show sold out of 13,000 tickets in 10 minutes). The Pioneer Press says parking will be difficult, with Midway Stadium "notoriously difficult" to enter and exit, and the lot itself only holding about 500 cars.

"Get here early," the director of media relations for the stadium told the paper.

Tailgating will be allowed at the lot, which opens at 4 p.m. the Pioneer Press says.

And afterward, save the ticket stub. City Pages says it'll get you a buy-one-get-one-free deal on cans of PBR, Summit, Sam Adams and Brooklyn Lager through the rest of September at C.C. Club in Minneapolis – but only if you show the ticket stub for Saturday's show.

Reliving the memories

With the Minneapolis band finally playing a show in their hometown again (after a handful of appearances around the country for the past couple years), fans of The Replacements are taking some time to dive into the nostalgia, reliving memories of old shows when the punk rock icons were at their most popular.

The ‘Mats, as they are affectionately known, formed in the 1980s with members Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Bob Stinson and Chris Mars. They released seven albums in the ’80s, but disbanded in 1991.

MPR's Jim Backel did a brief story about attending "one of their more infamous shows," at Grinnell College in Iowa 30 years ago.

"Back then, Replacements concerts were wild and unpredictable — a great show one night, a drunken disaster the next," he wrote."

MinnPost did a piece explaining why the Replacements concert is "such a big deal." It says, in part:

"I’m hoping to make more sense out of the story of these guys, whom I literally grew up with in the Catholic ghetto of south Minneapolis, a wild and innocent place of lakes, creeks and the Mississippi River that, for me, has always had a mystical hand in penning Westerberg’s (and many other’s) eternal fire-in-the-belly songs. Like the Delta blues or Appalachian mountain music, the ‘Mats ferocious rock feels rooted in the Minnesota soil and extreme seasons, and has proven historically to be as defining to this area as the polka and purple funk of yore.

Author Kevin Cannon and his friend Pat Ganley put together a map chronicling The Replacements' rise in Minneapolis. Click the image below for the full version.

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Two years ago, Westerberg and Stinson began performing as the Replacements again. The band last year played a trio of concerts in Toronto, Chicago and Denver as part of Riot Fest, featuring founders bassist Tommy Stinson and frontman Paul Westerberg, joined by Boston-based guitarist Dave Minehan and drummer Josh Freese.

The band also played in Indio, California, to a small audience, earlier this month. Atlanta, Montreal and Louisville shows are planned.

Last week, they performed on "The Tonight Show":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZi-dw03fE8

And of course, the Twitter fans are excited for Saturday's show:

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