Music

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.

I'm a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in the Twin Cities. My music is universal which deals with topics such as love, acceptance and confidence. I performed at the Twin Cities PRIDE festival 5 years in a row. I try to create music that everyone can relate to. Gay or straight.

Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis.  She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, poet, choreographer, performance artist and vinyasa yoga instructor. Over the course of her career she has performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her latest single 'Take Cover' is available for purchase and live streaming on iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.

Starri enjoys creating altars and performing genderqueer sex magick performance art with other earth worshipping weirdo super heroes. Starri is a founding mother of the Psycick Slutz (who first performed at Patrick's Cabaret in 1992), the Hard Times Cafe, and Gaia Democratic School. Starri can can also be found at the Altar to the Dead at Barebones Production's annual Halloween show and hanging out downtown with 5to10onHennepin and MadeHereMN.

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