Music

Amanda Costner is a solo comedic musician who hails from Oklahoma and bases out of the Twin Cities. Amanda has performed at Second City, Brave New Workshop, Looney Bin Comedy Club and bars & theaters throughout the Midwest. Her comedic songs range from acoustic pop ballads about being a gay preacher’s daughter, to soul-comedy pieces on the war of sexual frustration. Pulling her electric guitar out to showcase jazzy humorous tunes & bluesy songs about being poor, Amanda takes listeners on a laughter-filled ride of eclectic music stylings.

 

Treading North is run by Gabriel Rodreick, a Minneapolis based musician. Gabriel lives with a C5 Spinal Cord Injury, and while he does not let the injury define him, it does heavily influence the music he creates. Treading North’s music is a voyage into the worlds of pain, sex and revolution. A groovy melancholy sound that disguises hopeful ideologies.

Anisa Sharif is a 22 year old Minneapolis native who engages art through multidisciplinary forms such as poetry, song, and story telling in her Indigenous Somali language. Anisa is a lifelong learner and scholar that utilizes her art to reflect, heal and change the way she engages with society and its multifaceted systems of oppression.

Joey Schad (he/him/his) Polystylist composer/songwriter, queer, Korean-American pianist and vocalist serving pop and soul. Described as a "high octane performer for the late night crowd." Half of music duo Summer Cotton.

Destiny Anderson's stage name is Yoni Light. Pronouns (She/Her) is a 19 year old performing artist originally from Saint Paul, MN. Yoni is a multi-disciplinary artist that not only dabbles in dance but in music and spoken word as well. She has attended SPCPA, Perpich Center for Arts Education and is currently studying at High School for Recording Arts. In 2015 She was given a full-ride scholarship to the TU Dance Center in Saint Paul. Tu Dance was founded by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce Sands (Two former Alvin Ailey Dancers).

Renée Copeland is co-founder of the dance/performance-art duo Hiponymous, a collaborator in the hip-hop based dance collective, BRKFST, and a proud member of Ananya Dance Theatre, where she performs, studies and teaches the contemporary Indian dance form, Yorchha and its intersection with social justice issues. She is also a poet, musician and singer-songwriter. She aims to create art that exposes and heals, relating to the legacies of love, violence and activisms that she inherits as a distinctly queer, female-bodied, third-generation Sicilian-American artist.

 

Mayda is a young yet seasoned Korean Adoptee multi-musician/artist/producer from the land of 10,000 Lakes. “Her R&B-infused pop is undeniably fresh, as she swings between pared-down acoustic struts, full-band funkadelic blasts, and electronic drumbeats and synth flourishes that would make the Purple One proud.

Sonic Rain is a singer-songwriter, emcee and beat producer from the Twin Cities. In early year 2000 she was a part of a spoken word collective Free.Inspiring.Rising.Element (F.I.R.E). F.I.R.E was the first active Asian performance poetry collective of its kind in the Twin Cities. They were made up of activists, emcees, playwrights, musicians and dancers. After F.I.R.E Sonic Rain continues to be involved in the Hmong community through Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (C.H.A.T) I.C.E open mic’s and became the main MC for 5 years.

Rosa Garcia, aka DJ MotherTRosa, is a self-taught DJ, event producer, and youth activist born and raised in Minneapolis. They have played DJ sets at spaces throughout Minneapolis, including First Avenue, the Nomad, and Palmer's, and produced multiple multidisciplinary events in underground spaces, including the "tropikal dans" party TUERCA that brought together percussionists, DJs, installation artists, and dancers. They are currently working on reviving DJU, their series of DJ classes for queer femmes of color.

Nicole M. Smith is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children's Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what's been established and finding point of entry based on interest.

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