THE LOWERTOWN LINE
I have some exciting news: The Lowertown Line will be filming local bands on the Twin Cities PBS stage in St Paul. Already tickets for Poliça are sold out.
Their first film is for John Mark Nelson next week, January 14th. We've seen him a few times when he was doing promotional shows for his album Sings the Moon. Nelson's latest I'm Not Afraid is out now on GNDWIRE Records via Thirty Tigers.
The Lowertown Line filming details:
After a year of traveling around the Twin Cities filming concerts in music venues, we’re excited to return home to our newly-renovated building to host an exciting lineup of concerts at Twin Cities PBS.
Our cameras will be there to capture it all. And with genres ranging from rock to country to soul, there will be something for everyone. We’re thrilled to welcome local acts John Mark Nelson, Poliça, The Cactus Blossoms, Sonny Knight & The Lakers and Davina and The Vagabonds into our Lowertown studios.
All shows are FREE admission – but make sure to reserve a ticket through the designated Eventbrite link!
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with music starting promptly at 8 p.m.
Come be a part of this live music experience and stay tuned for when the episodes will air on TPT at a later date. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW:
February 4: POLIÇA | SOLD OUT
March 10: The Cactus Blossoms | Reserve tickets here
April 14: Sonny Knight & The Lakers | Reserve tickets here
May 12: Davina and the Vagabonds | Reserve tickets here
RACE, RAP, AND REALITY
Come celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr with Public Enemy's Chuck D at 1pm on January 18th at Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, at Augsburg College Campus.
The event is completely free, but if you want a good seat, I suggest you show up early.
Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of Public Enemy’s debut album in 1987, Yo! Bum Rush The Show, which delivered a powerful articulation of the realities facing black people in the late twentieth century. With an unprecedented lyrical eloquence, Public Enemy has continued to stress the importance of history and self-determination in the forward movement of all who have been oppressed. Between 1987 and 2009, with Chuck D at the helm, Public Enemy has released 13 albums, toured 63 countries, and influenced hip hop communities, social justice struggles, and political activism throughout the world.
Chuck D has been named one of the “50 most important performers in rock and roll history” by Rolling Stone magazine; one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans” by Ebony Magazine; and in 2013, Chuck D and Public Enemy were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has been featured and/or interviewed in more than 50 documentaries and has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He has also been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, Americans for the Arts Council, and the National Alliance for African-American Athletes.
Chuck D continues to make music and to write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music, and race in the United States.
This event is open to the public. For information or special requests, call 612-330-1104.
ROCK THE GARDEN
The Walker Art and The Current's annual summer festival Rock the Garden will return on June 18th, 2016. Tickets goes on sale April 5th for Walker and The Current members. General public will get their chance to buy tickets April 6th.
We love the festival, it is usually the highlight to our summer, as a special bonus, listen to John and Vu talk about Rock the Garden and how incredibly busy June 2015 was for us.
NOTE: The event will be held at Boom Island because of the construction to the Walker.
Here is the details about Rock the Garden 2016:
“We are so pleased to have secured Boom Island as a temporary location Rock the Garden ’16” said Philip Bither, Director and McGuire Senior Curator for Performing Arts at the Walker. “This beautiful setting will allow for a one-day, multiple staged event sure to carry the same great spirit and inspired mix of music that Rock the Garden has been so noted for in the past. We look forward to returning to the gorgeously re-designed new Walker campus for Rock the Garden ’17.”
“We’re really excited to venture into a new location and experiment with the staging and format of Rock the Garden this year,” adds Jim McGuinn, program director for The Current. “Attendees can expect the same level of playful creativity and sonic adventurousness that have been hallmarks of all the previous lineups, along with a chance to explore a new neighborhood and hang with friends at Boom Island for a celebratory summertime kick off!”
Become a Walker Art Center member at walkerart.org
Become a member of The Current/Minnesota Public Radio at mpr.org