Lawn chairs and smiling faces filled the intersection of Selby Avenue and Milton in St. Paul, as jazz enthusiasts gathered Saturday, September 9 for the 2017 Selby JazzFest. Attendees enjoyed the smooth sounds of MotorSOUL Collective, New Sound Underground, Walker West Music Academy’s Urban Legends of Jazz, Salsa Del Soul and more at the annual fest, presented by Golden … [Read more...]
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Mychael Wright, founder of the Selby Ave JazzFest and owner of Golden Thyme Coffee Café, recently announced the entertainment line-up for the 2017 Selby Ave JazzFest. “With 2017 marking our 16th anniversary, I wanted to bring in a mix of past fest performers and a few acts who are starting to tear things up,” stated Wright, regarding this year’s line-up. “I think people are … [Read more...]
Juan de Marcos González reflects on vibrant musical heritage For Juan de Marcos González, there are three pillars that are constants in his life: family, spirituality and music. From his days as a relative unknown paying his dues, to the enviable position he now occupies, each of these elements have always been intertwined in ways that have informed his … [Read more...]
Premier vocalist-songsmith Chastity Brown's Silhouette of Sirens (Red House Records) takes a serious, hard-earned next step. The artist’s ascent has been fascinating to witness. Years ago, principally by benefit of sheer grit, she took to You Tube and self-produced discs of erratic quality and varied fidelity, introducing herself to the Twin Cities after knocking around in … [Read more...]
Residents of the Central neighborhood in Minneapolis will soon see a bit more purple, as Prince-inspired artwork is set to launch on select utility boxes next month. The initiative entitled Project Purple was created and funded by the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO), and has been in the works since Prince’s passing in April of 2016. “The project … [Read more...]