‘One Big Night, One Little Instrument’ – Uke Fest 10/4 – Aster Cafe


‘One Big Night, One Little Instrument’

Becca Martin

Its been labeled “perky”, “petite”, “upbeat”…Oh wait, to what am I referring? Could it be the small, but full of heart instrument the ukulele or the organizer of the third annual Uke-Fest Katy Vernon? Both actually, for the third year she will partner with fellow ukulele artists to raise funds for Arc GTC (Greater Twin Cities). Continue reading


Event Review Lizzo & Caroline Smith Take the Mainstage 9/26 & 9/27


Event Review Lizzo & Caroline Smith Take the Mainstage 9/26 & 9/27

By Becca Martin

Two women, best friends, one show…one helluva show! Lizzo and Caroline Smith have each had a banner year, both reaching new heights of skill and success. Friday night at First Avenue’s Mainroom in Minneapolis they showed off what they are made of. Continue reading

NEMAA Fine Arts Show – Now through 10/5


Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), the Fall Fine Arts Show is an annual exhibition of more than 150 of NEMAA’s members’ artwork. It’s a great opportunity to view a vast collection of quality and diverse artwork, including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed-media art, and much more — all for sale in one location.

Solar Arts Building – 3rd Floor Gallery
711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN  55413

Free parking is available on-street, in the parking lot next to the building, and in the parking lot on the corner of Quincy and Broadway.

Exhibit Dates: September 19 – October 5, 2014 (open to the public Thursday-Sunday)
Opening Reception: Friday, September 19, 2013, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Free
Gallery hours:

Thursdays/Fridays, (9/25-9/26, 10/2-10/3), 5-9 PM
Saturdays/Sundays, (9/20-9/21, 9/27-9/28, 10/4-10/5), 12-5 PM




Festival Palomino Thrives Through Thunderstorm

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Segarra

By Samuel Wigness

Seven bands carefully chosen by Minnesota’s own Trampled by Turtles outperformed the violent thunderstorm that threatened, but failed, to cancel Saturday’s Festival Palomino. Continue reading

Album Review ‘Pangaea’ Toki Wright and Big Cats


By Becca Martin

‘Pangaea’ refers to the theory of the supercontinent that over time separated into several, a journey of crossing peoples and cultures. Today’s culture is blurring at the edges at hyper speed, but not without growing pains. “Much like the continents, people have spread out across the Earth but are all connected.” Minneapolis native Toki Wright has been a voice of social consciousness and action since the early 2000’s, working with local North Minneapolis youth organizations in particular and traveling as an Arts Ambassador to Sierra Leone in 2013. A man of numerous collaborations including releases with Rhymesayers Entertainment, he is not one to sit on an idea. ‘Pangaea’ is the first album to be independently released through Soul Tools, and its eighteen-month birthing proves that some things should not be rushed. Continue reading

Festival Palomino – 9/20 – An Interview with Ryan Young


By Samuel Wigness

Trampled by Turtles, with help from First Avenue and 93.1 The Current, has invited their favorite bands to celebrate Festival Palomino at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN this Saturday. Continue reading

Listen – Maria Isa – Down For Whateva