The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition's FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl celebrated its 11th year July 28-30. Billed as the premier arts event in North Minneapolis, the three-day festival saw artists and community members gather for a colorful self-guided tour of various art forms in the West Broadway corridor. Below, videos and photos by Phil McGraw of Brown Eye … [Read more...]
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According to a statement released by the family to The Associated Press, an official tribute concert for the late Minneapolis-born music icon Prince will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium October 13. The statement read, "We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy, and there is no better … [Read more...]
A yearly blues festival in the Twin Cities is a great idea. There are several jazz joints and more rock clubs than you can shake a stick at, but not a single place to go on a regular basis and enjoy some good old fashioned, gut bucket, down-in-the-alley original soul music. Having it in Lowertown, St. Paul is even better, as the bohemian locale, Mears Park specifically, is … [Read more...]
A tip of the chapeau to Dr. Malveaux! Dr. Julianne Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st Century America. Dr. Malveaux … [Read more...]
Femi Kuti is an artist and activist to be admired. The premier vocalist, songsmith, sax player and keyboardist renders rich melodies to engage the ear and lyrics that — pulling no punches — prod the mind, heart and soul toward social change. His music, an enchanting mix of African polyrhythm and jazz-tinged pop, brandishes singular style to deliver a serious message. This … [Read more...]