This Friday night, May 10th, the famous Raw Fusion Fashion Show will be held at the Mankato Civic Center!

In case you didn’t know, Raw Fusion is an annual abstract fashion show presented by the Minnesota River Builders Association. Every year they raise funds and awareness for a local cause while also bringing attention to the local building industry. A specific theme is chosen and one-of-a-kind outfits are created utilizing raw building materials as inspiration. The ensemble is then modeled on the fashion runway to the sounds either a live band or some pretty epic music and judged for uniqueness and flair.

The Raw event is always hosted by a great master of ceremonies. This year’s personality is True Facade’s effervescent Ryan Sturgis.

Most importantly proceeds from the 2019 Raw event go towards the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund.

So, let’s talk theme. Previous events were inspired by Rock and Roll, Candy Land, and Cirque du Freak themes. This Friday night will be nothing short of visionary by riding the wave of Mythology: Couture of Epic Inspiration. I am expecting to see dragons, capes, kings, queens, gems, jewels, unicorns, maybe a one-eyed giant, or a phoenix, or maybe even a centaur? I’d be good with a simple Jon Snow and Daenarys love child!

Tickets vary from standing room price, $56, reserved, $72, or VIP, $110, so call the box office to see what is available. Social hour starts at 7 pm with the show at 8 pm.

In other Friday night news, NaKato has a band called Wonky Tonk and The Highlife playing live. Wonky Tonk has been compared to artist Nikki Lane, so I’m automatically intrigued.

Write your own tunes or been working on a cover? Go to the Coffee Hag and sign up for Kaleb Braun-Schulz open mic.

Saturday you could get up bright and early and help install the 26 new pieces of artwork for the CityArt Sculpture Walk. Check the details here.

Saturday evening Martin Zellar & The Hardways with opening act The Rain Kings will be at The Mankato Brewery. Or, take a road trip to New Ulm to catch my band MrDr play at The Grand along with a solo set by Andrea Lyn, followed by a new trio featuring yours truly, Andrea, and her husband Justin who’s rocking a banjo. I’m actually playing bass quite a bit, which is a dream come true! Here’s the event.

Oh, and hey, don’t forget it is Mother’s Day on Sunday. I saw an Insti post by Salvage Sisters that had some fantastic tongue-in-cheek gifts that will ring true with most of the moms out there.