Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights at the Moxy (Uptown)

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Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights At The Moxy

Join us at Moxy – Uptown every Thursday, 8-11pm, for an immersive night of art + music.

Exhibitions are curated weekly, presenting work from local St Paul / Minneapolis artists, alongside music performances by Jaki Cavins.

Soul Creative seeks to grow and connect talent in the community; providing a professionally crafted arts and entertainment experience.

Submit your work at www.Aeterna.Media/Art to be considered for future shows, host our events, and connect with the community.

#SoulCreative

Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights at the Moxy (Uptown)

( Brought to you by Aeterna Media)

Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights At The Moxy

Join us at Moxy – Uptown every Thursday, 8-11pm, for an immersive night of art + music.

Exhibitions are curated weekly, presenting work from local St Paul / Minneapolis artists, alongside music performances by Jaki Cavins.

Soul Creative seeks to grow and connect talent in the community; providing a professionally crafted arts and entertainment experience.

Submit your work at www.Aeterna.Media/Art to be considered for future shows, host our events, and connect with the community.

#SoulCreative

Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights at the Moxy (Uptown)

( Brought to you by Aeterna Media)

Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights At The Moxy

Join us at Moxy – Uptown every Thursday, 8-11pm, for an immersive night of art + music.

Exhibitions are curated weekly, presenting work from local St Paul / Minneapolis artists, alongside music performances by Jaki Cavins.

Soul Creative seeks to grow and connect talent in the community; providing a professionally crafted arts and entertainment experience.

Submit your work at www.Aeterna.Media/Art to be considered for future shows, host our events, and connect with the community.

#SoulCreative

Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights at the Moxy (Uptown)

( Brought to you by Aeterna Media)

Soul Creative presents: Thursday Nights At The Moxy

Join us at Moxy – Uptown every Thursday, 8-11pm, for an immersive night of art + music.

Exhibitions are curated weekly, presenting work from local St Paul / Minneapolis artists, alongside music performances by Jaki Cavins.

Soul Creative seeks to grow and connect talent in the community; providing a professionally crafted arts and entertainment experience.

Submit your work at www.Aeterna.Media/Art to be considered for future shows, host our events, and connect with the community.

#SoulCreative

Deutsche Tage (German Days)

Partake in wurst, beer, and Lebenslust, the Germanic word for enjoying life! Toast your friends with Paulaner beers, Germanic wines, Jägermeister, or a special cocktail by Dampfwer, and drink, and goods for sale. $3 wristband required for alcohol purchase.

Deutsche Tage (German Days)

Partake in wurst, beer, and Lebenslust, the Germanic word for enjoying life! Toast your friends with Paulaner beers, Germanic wines, Jägermeister, or a special cocktail by Dampfwer, and drink, and goods for sale. $3 wristband required for alcohol purchase.

Music in the Park Series Family Concert: The Migration of Rhythm

Chalaca, a unique trio comprised of clarinet, harp, and percussion, takes you on a rhythmic journey from the Caribbean and South America all the way to New York City! From the baroque courts of Europe, to the ritual dances of West Africa, to the indigenous populations of modern-day Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil…Chalaca celebrates the cross-century, cross-cultural migration that formed today’s popular salsa, samba, mambo, joropo, and jequibau forms. Join them in celebrating composers who have immigrated to the United States and the folk masters who inspired them!

About Music in the Park Family Concerts:

This series features nationally and locally celebrated performing artists in programs of folk, ethnic and classical music. Storytelling, dance and audience participation add to this vibrant array of concerts, created for children of all ages and their families. Concerts take place at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul.

Music in the Park Series Family Concert: The Migration of Rhythm

Chalaca, a unique trio comprised of clarinet, harp, and percussion, takes you on a rhythmic journey from the Caribbean and South America all the way to New York City! From the baroque courts of Europe, to the ritual dances of West Africa, to the indigenous populations of modern-day Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil…Chalaca celebrates the cross-century, cross-cultural migration that formed today’s popular salsa, samba, mambo, joropo, and jequibau forms. Join them in celebrating composers who have immigrated to the United States and the folk masters who inspired them!

About Music in the Park Family Concerts:

This series features nationally and locally celebrated performing artists in programs of folk, ethnic and classical music. Storytelling, dance and audience participation add to this vibrant array of concerts, created for children of all ages and their families. Concerts take place at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul.

26 shows for the 26 remaining days in ‘Rocktober’

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Beach Slang plays the Triple Rock on Oct. 28 // Photo via Beach Slang Facebook page

October 2016 is upon us, and like in previous years, this year’s crop of shows around the Twin Cities has clearly earned the title of “Roctktober” once again.

Here are 26 recommended shows over the 26 remaining days in the month, with the “must see” shows in bold. Get out there and rock.

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Dem Yuut // Photo via Dem Yuut Facebook page

Friday, October 7th – Dem Yuut at Icehouse – $8 / 21+ / Buy tickets

Saturday, October 8th – Twin Peaks w/ White Reaper at 7th Street Entry – $13 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Monday, October 10th – Cymbals Eat Guitars at 7th Street Entry – $12 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Monday, October 10th – Opeth w/ The Sword at First Avenue – $35 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Kishi

Kishi Bashi // Photo via Kishi Bashi Facebook page

Wednesady, October 12th – Kishi Bashi at First Avenue – $17 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Thursday, October 13th – Okkervil River at Fine Line Music Café – $20 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Friday, October 14th – Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas w/ Tancred at Triple Rock Social Club – $12 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Saturday, October 15th – Death From Above 1979 w/ Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club + Deap Vally at Myth – $24.50 / All Ages / Buy tickets

BadBadHats by Christina Kladis

Bad Bad Hats // Photo by Christina Kladis via Bad Bad Hats Facebook page

Saturday, October 15th – She Rock 10th Anniversary Party ft. Bad Bad Hats, Tony Peachka + more at Amsterdam Bar & Hall – $17 / All Ages / Buy tickets

Wednesday, October 19th – The Dean Ween Group w/ The Meat Puppets at First Avenue – $20 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Thursday, October 20th – Deerhunter at First Avenue – $20 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Thursday, October 20th – Boy & Bear at Triple Rock – $18 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Friday, October 21st – M83 at Skyway Theater – $37.50 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Friday, October 21st – Mick Jenkins at Amsterdam Bar and Hall – $3 (w/ RSVP) $10 (w/o RSVP) / 18+ / RSVP / RSVP here

Saturday, October 22nd – Cass McCombs Band at Turf Club – $13 / 21+ / Buy tickets

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Teenage Fanclub // Photo by Nina Corcoran via Teenage Fanclub Facebook page

Saturday, October 22nd – Teenage Fanclub at Fine Line Music Cafe – $20 / 18+ / Buy tickets

SunflowerBeam

Sunflower Bean // Photo via Sunflower Bean Facebook page

Monday, October 24th – Sunflower Bean w/ The Lemon Twigs at 7th Street Entry – $10 / 18+ / Buy tickets

LittleScream

Little Scream // Photo via Little Scream Facebook page

Tuesday, October 25th – Little Scream at Turf Club – $10 / 21+ / Buy tickets

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Flock of Dimes // Photo via Flock of Dimes Facebook page

Tuesday, October 25th – Flock of Dimes at 7th Street Entry – $12 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Wednesday, October 26th – Fruit Bats at 7th Street Entry – $15 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Thursday, October 27th – St. Paul & The Broken Bones at First Avenue – $25 / 18+ / Buy tickets

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Beach Slang // Photo by Ian Laidlaw via Beach Slang Facebook page

Friday, October 28th – Beach Slang / Bleached at Triple Rock Social Club – $12 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Saturday, October 29th – The Blind Shake (Record Release) w/ Fury Things at 7th Street Entry – $8 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Joseph

Joseph // Photo via Joseph Facebook page

Saturday, October 29th – Joseph at Cedar Cultural Center – $20 / All Ages / Buy tickets

Sunday, October 30th – Peter Hook & The Light at First Avenue – $25 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Sunday, October 30th – Tommy Stinson’s ‘Cowboys in the Campfire’ at Triple Rock – $20 / 18+ / Buy tickets

More jazzy nights coming to the Boom Room

Boom Island Brewing // Photo by Joe Alton

Due to the success of their recently added Boom Room Jazz seriesBoom Island Brewing Company just announced they have expanded their Boom Room Jazz nights to every Saturday at 7pm throughout the summer starting May 28.

The series, which kicked off in March, originally featured free jazz concerts by local jazz musicians the last Saturday of the month, from 7-8:30pm. Now, Brad Bellows and his “Cats” will return weekly, “affixing the Boom Island Brewing Company taproom to an all-too-short list of go-to destinations for high quality live jazz in the Twin cities,” the brewery said.

There is no cover; music will begin promptly at 7pm. The taproom will stay open until 10pm during Boom Room Jazz events.


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Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music

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L to R: Julia Holter, Sufjan Stevens, and Helado Negro performing at Liquid Music // Photos by Jayme Halbritter

L to R: Julia Holter, Sufjan Stevens, and Helado Negro performing at Liquid Music // Photos by Jayme Halbritter

When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again.

Picture indie siren Zola Jesus and pianist Stephen Prutsman at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Picture rapper Serengeti collaborating with singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens and producer Son Lux in a gallery at the Walker Art Center. Picture Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche playing with Third Coast Percussion at the SPCO Center’s Music Room.

It’s all part of an innovative series called Liquid Music—a series that takes classical music as a point of departure to explore adventurous new terrain with unique performances and fascinating collaborations among artists from different genres. “Liquid Music exists to get people excited about music they don’t know,” says curator Kate Nordstrum, “which is good for classical music and good for music in general.”

Operating under the auspices of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), Liquid Music aims to push the traditional boundaries of what listeners classify as “classical” music and explore the vast space between genres—where classical music flows into jazz, indie rock, and electronica—hence the series’ name. “It’s about taking off from one starting point and flowing into another,” Nordstrum says.

Steve Seel, who hosts a podcast associated with the series, calls it “third way” music. “It’s not really classical and not really pop,” he says, “but it’s adventurous and exploratory and experimental—yet accessible.”

Third Coast Percussion performing a song by Glenn Kotche of Wilco // Photo by Jayme Halbritter

Third Coast Percussion performing a song by Glenn Kotche of Wilco // Photo by Jayme Halbritter

Some performers in the series are artists you’d quickly associate with experimental music—people like multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, who was part of the series’ first season and will return this year. Buzzworthy singer-songwriter Julia Holter, whose new album topped many 2015 best-of lists, performed last season with the Spektral Quartet. The same season also featured freewheeling composer Bryce Dessner, best known as a member of The National, in concert with SPCO musicians and many others.

Some Liquid Music performers are widely known, but are showing new sides of their work. In 2014, for example, Liquid Music co-commissioned a self-titled LP from Sisyphus, a group made up of Sufjan Stevens and hip-hop artists Serengeti and Son Lux, to coincide with the opening of Jim Hodges’ art exhibition at Walker Art Center. The album layers Stevens’ signature melodies and space-age synth beats with waggish hip-hop lyrics for a sound that’s equal parts comical and earnest. Also that year, acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn and the prepared-pianist Hauschka experimented with new melodies and sounds inspired by their collaborative album “Silfra.” And this May, Devendra Banhart promises a two-night exploration of his “musical worlds” at the Walker Art Center.

Hilary Hahn and Hauschka perform their Liquid Music set at Aria // Photo by Jayme Halbritter

Hilary Hahn and Hauschka perform their Liquid Music set at Aria // Photo by Jayme Halbritter

Nordstrum came to the SPCO with a unique background. She trained as a dancer and a musician, then went to business school and worked at a handful of organizations, including Lincoln Center. She came to her present position following a stint curating a series of performances by trailblazing artists, including Nico Muhly, at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. When the Southern experienced a financial crisis and most of its staff had to leave, the SPCO reached out to Nordstrum to ask how they could help sustain the kind of shows she was booking.

“We rebranded the series as Liquid Music and also rededicated it to classical music,” she says. “Although not everything [in the series] is classical, there is a commitment to the classical realm.” The SPCO saw Liquid Music not just as a way to reach new audiences, but also as something that’s artistically important—something that helps to foster “a culture of exploration.”

Next page: Closer to the mainstream than you might think

Big changes in store for Rock the Garden 2016

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Due to construction at the Walker Art Center (the Sculpture Garden is undergoing renovations and won’t reopen until summer 2017), The Current announced that this year’s Rock the Garden will be held Saturday, June 18, at Boom Island in Northeast Minneapolis.

Another change, aside from going back to the one-day format, is that the 2016 Rock the Garden will feature two stages instead of one. The lineup will be announced on Tuesday, April 5, on 89.3 The Current, with tickets going on sale that day at 10am to MPR and Walker members. Any remaining tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 6 at 10 am.

[H/T 89.3 The Current]


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The Current is throwing a birthday bash, and you’re invited

First Ave Feat

The Current is celebrating turning the corner of a new decade with a weekend filled with some of Minnesota’s hottest music on January 22 and 23 at First Avenue.

Friday night’s lineup includes:

  • Bones & Beeker
  • Bad Bad Hats
  • Mixed Blood Majority
  • John Mark Nelson
  • Low

Saturday night’s lineup:

  • Bruise Violet
  • Gospel Machine
  • Cactus Blossoms
  • Gramma’s Boyfriend
  • Tommy Stinson

Tickets ($20 per night) go on sale 10 am December 10 for MPR members, and 10 am December 11 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the the Depot Tavern adjacent to First Avenue.

More info can be found on The Current’s website.


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Movie Theater-Turned-Music Venue Opens in St. Michael

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Co-owner Greg Armstrong says Le Musique Room will offer shows of all genres, including country, jazz, classic rock, tribute acts, singer-songwriters, and more. // Photo courtesy Le Musique Room

What to do with a movie theater you no longer need?

Turn it into a music venue.

The new owners of the St. Michael Cinema, a 15-theater complex in St. Michael, Minnesota, have transformed one of the four theaters not being used into Le Musique Room. It features 194 seats, a Parisian design, and will host six to eight shows a month.

The complex has a full alcohol license and co-owners Greg Armstrong and Tom Pickard will also open a bar on the second floor. A portable bar will set up near Le Musique Room on show nights.

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Co-owner Tom Pickard has 30 years experience as a music engineer and got the idea to open Le Musique Room after driving by the defunct megaplex when it was closed during the Great Recession // Photo courtesy Le Musique Room

“I saw a gem in the location, and the beautiful building that houses the theater,” Pickard said in a press release. “It’s perfectly suited for our purposes. The room will give patrons the highest quality sound and visual experience only seen at major stadium shows, but in an intimate setting.”

The first show will be local country artist Chris Hawkey, on November 25, to promote BOB FM‘s Minnesota Country Salute Charity CD. (Open to the public via tickets won through the radio station.)

The first ticketed show will feature local singer-songwriter Martin Zellar, on December 3.

Learn more here


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29 Artists, 1 Concert: Rhymesayers Turns 20

Rhymesayers Entertainment, the label for such artists as Atmosphere, P.O.S., and Brother Ali, turns 20 this year and is celebrating with a one-night blow-out concert at Target Center

Rhymesayers Entertainment, the label for such artists as Atmosphere, P.O.S., and Brother Ali, turns 20 this year and is celebrating with a one-night blow-out concert at Target Center

Rhymesayers, the independent hip hop label based in Minneapolis, is turning 20 this year. How are they celebrating? With a one-night-only, blowout concert that only they can orchestrate.

Twenty-nine artists, all under the Rhymsayers label, will take over Target Center on Friday, December 4, to celebrate this historic anniversary. They include (in alphabetical order):

  • Abstract Rude
  • Aesop Rock
  • Atmosphere
  • Battlecats
  • BK One
  • Blueprint
  • Boom Bap Project
  • Brother Ali
  • deM atlaS
  • Dilated Peoples
  • DJ Abilities
  • Evidence
  • Felt
  • Freeway
  • Grayskul
  • Grieves
  • Hail Mary Mallon
  • I Self Devine
  • Jake One
  • K-Salaam
  • Los Nativos
  • Micranots
  • Mr. Dibbs
  • Musab
  • P.O.S
  • Prof
  • Soul Position
  • The Uncluded
  • Toki Wright

Ticket information and more can be found here as well as on Rhymesayers’ website.


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