Rybak's "Unauguration" farewell party planned for First Avenue

Rybak crowd surfs
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak crowd surfs at the Minnesota DFL Election Night Part after the announcement that Barack Obama had won the 2012 election. Rybak will end his 12 years in office at the end of December. A farewell party, dubbed an "Unauguration," has been planned for Dec. 18 at First Avenue. Tickets got on sale today at noon.
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Outgoing Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be getting a rock-and-roll sendoff at Minneapolis concert venue First Avenue.

The Dec. 18 farewell party will include a variety of musical acts, including DJ Shannon Blowtorch from the local hip-hop group Grrrl Prty, and Dave Simonett from Duluth band Trampled by Turtles.

Tickets, which cost $7, go on sale Friday at noon. Proceeds will benefit the Minneapolis STEP-UP program, which helps low-income young people find summer jobs.

Rybak has given the event an irreverent tag line: "What are they going to do, impeach me?"

He's been the city's mayor for the last 12 years, and decided not to seek re-election. His last day on the job is Jan. 1.

The next day, Rybak will begin his new role as executive director of Generation Next. The non-profit organization is dedicated to improving educational achievement among Twin Cities minority populations.

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