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Musicians gathering to pay tribute to late concert promoter McLean


A wide variety of local musicians are coming together to celebrate the life of late Twin Cities concert promoter Sue McLean, KARE 11 reports.

Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks and the BoDeans are among the long list of artists who are gathering for a tribute concert and fundraising event Saturday night at First Avenue.

McLean died of cancer at age 63 in May.

She was heavily involved in the concerts in the Twin Cities and across the country for 40 years.

McLean also booked artists for the Basilica Block Party and the Minnesota Zoo's "Music in the Zoo" series.

Proceeds from Saturday's event will go to the Lilly McLean Fund, which will benefit Sue McLean's 12-year-old daughter.

The fundraiser portion includes an auction for a Sheryl Crow signed guitar, a week-long trip to Mexico, a Basilica Block Party VIP experience, a personal performance by the Gear Daddies and more.

Tickets are $50 and available through First Avenue. VIP tickets for $150 are also available.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m.

The tribune and fundraiser is the latest event to honor McLean.

In August, the stage at Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo was named after the concert promoter, the Pioneer Press says.

"Sue McLean was known to say, 'Live music is good for your soul,' and so it's fitting that we honor her with this namesake," zoo CEO Lee Ehmke said.

McLean's "Live music" saying is also featured on the poster for Saturday's tribute show.

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