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Lowertown Block Party
Corner of Broadway & Prince (4th) Streets, St. Paul MN July 25, 2010 2:00-9:00 pm
FREE • All Ages Welcome • Family-Friendly

Make Tracks to Lowertown

The Black Dog Cafe is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Lowertown Block Party, to be held Sunday, July 25, from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the corner of Prince and Broadway Streets in downtown Saint Paul.
With the Block Party, we’re bringing residents and artists together for the day, to celebrate the community, and to invite other people from around the area to come and see what a vibrant and exciting neighborhood this is.” said Sara Remke, co-owner of the Black Dog Café. The Black Dog has staged the block party in the past, but with the formation of the Lowertown Entertainment District, it seemed appropriate to have the larger group sponsor the event.

The Lowertown Entertainment District business association has joined the Black Dog in sponsoring the Block Party. Marc Dickhut, Chair of the Lowertown Entertainment District and Manager of the Bulldog mentioned another reason for the event, “We want to demonstrate that Lowertown and its businesses are open during construction of the LRT. We are excited that the sounds of jackhammers will be replaced with the sounds of jazz, blues, and world music!” Saint Paul residents with an interest in the LRT can see the project’s progress and enjoy a day of music at the same time.

The Lowertown Block Party will showcase the work of a diverse group of performing and visual artists. The Black Dog will feature an art exhibit based on the theme of Community. Additionally, a Call for Artists is seeking visual artists to respond to the day’s events with an outdoor art fair.

The Black Dog will be providing its usual excellent cafe-style food, with the additional treat of hamburgers or veggies straight off the grill. Beer, wine and specialty sodas will also be available. Parking is available to the East of the Northern Warehouse, in lots along Prince Street, and in the lots on the corner of Kellogg and Broadway.

Blues, funk, jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, Celtic/Americana music and Brazilian drumming will be featured on an outdoor stage. Specific schedule to be announced at a later date. The line-up includes the following:

2:00 PM Irv Williams “Mr. Smooth” is a sobriquet that 90 years old Irv Williams earned long ago, thanks to his warm, smoky tone on the saxophone. He has performed in just about every jazz club the Twin Cities has hosted since WWII, including The Flame Bar where he split sets with stars like Sarah Vaughan, and Johnny Hodges. Irv's CD That's All? was named one of the “Top 20 Local Albums” of 2004 by the Star Tribune.

2:30 PM Davina & The Vagabonds Davina and the Vagabonds are the busiest band in town, thanks to their hard-working professionalism, high energy stage performances, and original sound. Davina belts out originals and covers with elan, while the Vagabonds provide playful, jazzy accompaniment. My Space

3:05 Jimmi & The Band Of Souls Jimmi Langemo delivers passionate, powerful live performances of blues, folk and gospel music using a variety of instruments. Jimmi and The Band of Souls will be playing at the Taste of Chicago prior to coming to the Lowertown Block Party. Jimmi’s latest CD is entitled The Temple. The Band of Souls is Nate Heinz with bass and vocals, Allan Meyer on the drums, Jay LeClair on guitar and Coyote James with guitar and vocals. My Space

3:50 Long Straight Forever As Long Straight Forever, Michael Matheny, Raymond Yates, and instrumentalist extraordinaire Matthew Ogden create a sound that encompasses Celtic, Americana, and rock. They use songs, voices, guitars, a mandola, and a bodhran to travel the oceanic trail from the British Isles to the Americas. Site

4:20 Ill Chemistry Ill Chemistry is composed of Desdamona and her beatbox partner Carnage. Desdamona is an international, award-winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sound and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to international audiences. She has been a featured performer at many international music festivals, and won the award for Best Spoken Word Artist from the MN Music Awards five consecutive years. She and Carnage also headlined The 2nd Nature Tour (2008). My Space

4:50 The Fantastic Friday House Band A mysterious blend of jazz and chamber music brings together the visceral power of Charles Mingus and the sparse textures of Steve Reich through original compositions and improvised pieces. Saxophonist Nathan Hanson, bassist Brian Roessler on electric and double bass, drummer Peter Hennig and Rahjta Ren on piano. Site

5:30 : Batucada do Norte Batucada do Norte is a 15 member all-percussion samba band. They perform the many styles of Brazilian drumming that are heard during Carnival. Batucada do Norte is led by brothers Tim and Pat O'Keefe who are passionate about this Brazilian style of music. They also play in a Brazilian popular music band called Brasamba. My Space

6:10 Kristoff Krane This Minnesota MC wears his “heart on his sleeve” as one reviewer wrote. He lays out his introspective tales using jazzy, funky beats, and the occasional found sound in a spare, but effective manner. His 2008 album. This Will Work for Now, was a City Pages Top Ten of the Year. His new CD, Looking for Father, is becoming an acclaimed hit. He’ll be accompanied by Jeremy Ylvisaker and Mike Louvin. My Space

7:15 Ursus Minor Created in Paris in 2003, Ursus Minor is a combination of four leading voices of funk-jazz-rock-hip hop, an explosive mixture of musicians from various generations and stylistic horizons. Keyboardist Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck, Sam Rivers, Jack Bruce, John McLaughlin), guitarist Mike Scott (Prince, Justin Timberlake) saxophonist Francois Corneloup (Next, Louis Sclavis), and drummer and singer Stokley Williams, (Mint Condition) have welcome a number of guests such as Jeff Beck, Dead Prez, Brother Ali, Boots Riley and Desdamona who is featured in their third record currently in production and will be on stage for part of their show at the Black Dog Black Party. My Space

For more information contact:
Larry Englund, 651-290-497. Email: lenglund@isd.net
Robyn Beth Priestley, 651-292-0321. Email: robyn@tripodservices.com

Photo : Ursus Minor during the last Sons d'Hiver Festival in Paris with Desdamona by Leda Le Querrec

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