First of two parts Music has always been a part of her life, but meeting a soon-to-become-a-legend forever changed Alfa Anderson. Anderson, then a reputable studio musician, was rehearsing for a Lou Courtney gig with friend Ednah Holt, who suggested the two go over to the next studio and meet Luther Vandross. Vandross, she recalls was “sitting on the side…this big guy in … [Read more...]
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With a rough airy voice, Tre Aaron is hoping to make a space for himself in country music. Aaron is often shy concerning his good looks and muscular build, but exhibits the personality of an extrovert when his feet hit the stage. Tre Aaron and The Sidewalk Blues Boys decided to make themselves official as a country music band in October 2016. The band, made up of five … [Read more...]
Soundset celebrated its 10th anniversary Sunday, May 28, in grand style — over 35,000 people helped ring in the occasion. With a full line up of established, new, local and national hip hop acts, this year's festival offered something for everyone. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) caught up with Black Liquid (BL) a multifaceted artist featured at this year's festival. … [Read more...]
No-shows and rain couldn’t dampen 10th anniversary Over 35,000 people and hip hop joined together on Memorial Day weekend for the 10th anniversary of Soundset, billed as the largest independent one-day hip hop festival in the world. All four elements of hip hop were on display at the festival on Sunday, May 28, from DJing and emceeing to graffiti and B-boy and … [Read more...]
Entering Paisley Park one year after the date of Prince’s death was a lot less somber than the museum tours held last fall. The urn holding his ashes, which had previously been in a display case in the center of the atrium, was moved to a spot above visitors just below the skylights. The atmosphere was less like a museum, and more like the music epicenter the artist … [Read more...]