Six Months to Live was started in 2004 by a local Minneapolis musician and has grown to include over fifty alumni over the past decade. While the number of musicians increases, the venues get bigger, and the fan base grows, the soul of the project remains the same. Each year, an ever-growing group of musicians attend a kick-off event and divide into bands. Those bands then have six months to practice and prepare for a one-time show. Each year the result is different, with past shows ranging from Oklahoma! the musical to Minnesota music to hair metal. The show proceeds from each season go to support a music-centric charity. Past charities include: Radio K, MacPhail Music Therapy Program, VH1 Save the Music, and Guitars for Vets. Six Months to Live has been proudly recycling local Twin Cities musicians since 2004. To contact Six Months to Live, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See below for show flyers or click on the above show date link to get more information on this year's show logistics. Hope to see you at the show!
The Metaphor (Part I):
Starting up a band is like starting a new relationship. The first few months are pure bliss. After that it becomes a bit less exciting, and before you know it, a couple of years have passed and your entire foundation has been eroded by a mudslide of boredom, jealousy, lies, and broken promises.
Six Months to Live is all about capturing the bliss and avoiding the consequences, because let’s face it, rock and/or roll relationships don’t all have to end in hell.
The musicians are divided into bands based on similar interests, geographic location, need, etc. After the groups are formed, each band has six months to prepare enough material for a one-off concert. This will be the first and last time the bands ever perform. After that, it’s over. No power struggles, no backbiting, no reinventions.
The Metaphor (Part II):
It’s kind of like fantasy football. Your team could totally suck one year and dominate the next. By month four you could be thinking, “Performing the entire Beatles’ White Album in mime seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I’m not so sure. Maybe next year we write a musical based on an incompetent mime troupe’s clumsy interpretation of the Beatles’ White Album.” The possibilities are limitless.
The hope is to bring to life some of the ideas and side projects we’re unable to execute within the confines and shackles of our regular bands. For some this could mean trying a different instrument or writing in a different style. For others it could simply mean “not completely ruining music as an art form for generations to come."