On the evening of June 21 in the New Century Theater, located at 615 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, a studio filled with close to 200 invitation-only guests joined Shedrick Garrett, who produced and hosted the first of a series of television shows for a pilot program entitled The Shed G Show. Garrett, a.k.a. Shed G or “Mr. Can I Vent,” originally from Denver, … [Read more...]
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It was in March of 2013, while presenting songs to music mogul Wyclef Jean, that members of #MPLS discovered how much they liked to work together. From working together on a case-by-case basis, to doing shows around the city as a cover band, group leader Brandon Commodore says one day they just had to ask the question: “Do we want to keep being a cover band thing and keep doing … [Read more...]
Hooked when he first saw his dad drop a needle on a record Sitting in the Avenue Eatery on West Broadway, second-generation DJ Chuck Chizzle recently offered his treatise on Black music. “Music is the only thing in this world that keeps culture together. It’s the great equalizer,” stated the young man whose 40th birthday will be later this summer. Chuck’s … [Read more...]
Singer-songwriter and Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine gave a wholly forgettable performance June 12 at the Cedar Cultural Center. Whether the Mercury Prize, a BBC-sponsored honor, is awarded by jury or some other process, if Clementine is any indication, it should be given away at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jacks. The night was, in a nutshell, a numbing … [Read more...]
The MSR caught up with our beloved locally-based vocalist Debbie Duncan. Duncan (DD) shared her thoughts on Black Music Month, the importance of jazz festivals, and gave the lowdown on her upcoming shows, having recently performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha. MSR: June is Black Music Month. What is your definition of Black music? DD: That's a hard question because … [Read more...]