Dameun Strange is a Sound Artist based in the Twin Cities area with an eclectic taste in music. He believes music is the greatest tool to create social change. Dameun grew up in Washington, DC, where he started on his journey with music and sound at a very young age. He was fortunate to have grown up exposed to many different styles of music influenced by the vibrant culture represented in the Mid Atlantic Area. He has since been fascinated with the idea of exploring the outer limits of music and fusing them into a style that is uniquely his.
THE SUMMER COATS aims to create a unique sound and look that defies genres and will be offering our original songs during the evening that fuse a singer-songwriter mentality with rhythmic dance. The group is made of singer-songwriter Chase Daniel Burkhart on guitar and vocals, and dancer-singer Molly Kay Stoltz on tap board, vocals, tambourine, French horn, and ukulele.
Karis Sloss (Artistic Director of Eclectic Edge Ensemble) graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Dance and Theatre Arts. Over the last 15 years, Sloss has choreographed for SteppingStone Theatre, Illusion Theatre, Children’s Theater, Project Success, University of MN Theatre Program, University of Eau Claire Dance Program, Envisions Academy, Breck High School, Saint Paul Academy, Zenon Scholarship Program and the Loring Playhouse.
A contemporary jazz dance company with a diverse repertory, Eclectic Edge Ensemble collaborates with local musicians, choreographers, and other artists to create musically and theatrically inspired work. The company aims to present a fresh perspective on jazz dance in the Twin Cities, creating accessible performance experiences that connect to audiences through the pure joy of movement.
SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is an MC, Producer, Spoken Word Poet, and Social Justice Educator. His work explores identity, culture, social justice, mythology, science fiction, spirituality, and the paranormal. Find SEE MORE in a cypher or a seance, pushing conversations about equity in a board room, singing for strangers in a living room, or sharing culture, tradition, and craft in a classroom. Learn more at www.seemoreperspective.com
Karla Grotting is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and producer working with a unique blend of jazz, tap, modern, and percussive dance experiences. She is founding member, principal dancer, and artistic associate with Joe Chvala’s The Flying Foot Forum, and the producer of Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company.
BrassZilla - formed from the horn section of Chooglin' - now shines alone with originals by "Hitmaker" Hal Longley and reworked music for brass.
Erin Livingston is a singer/songwriter, cabaret artist and teacher here in the Twin Cities. She has performed at venues such as The Loring Pasta Bar, Sawatdee restaurants, Arnellias, Shanghai Bistro, Reve, Crooners and more. She also shares her music at senior centers around town. She teaches classical flute and vocal coaching out of her home studio in South Mpls.
Meena Mangalvedhekar is a visual artist, projectionista and photographer. She received GD-Art from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya and BFA from University of Minnesota, and has been active in group shows and public art projects in United States and India. She is currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. Her works appear as fusion of tangibles and intangibles in which meanings shift, past and present merge. Time, place and memory always play a key role. Through large installations, digital drawings and placemaking experiments Meena strives to connect community and place.