featuring performances by COCO & BREEZY, SHANNON BLOWTORCH, BDOTCROC, SARAH WHITE, MANCHITA, MARIA ISA, LADY MIDNIGHT, THE LIONESS, VIE BOHEME, K.RAYDIO and more
Influenced by the music she grew up with, especially female artists. Loves bringing people together by creating a high energy atmosphere with dope remixes and throwback jams!
Coco and Breezy was founded in 2009 by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson. Their early designs, each handmade by the twins, were an instant hit in New York, and were found on major celebrities and entertainers within weeks of the brand's launch. Over time, Coco and Breezy have refined their design and production process, engaging in increasingly ambitious design projects, ranging from designing "third-eye" sunglasses for the late Prince, working with numerous artists to defined their style, and with brands as divergent as Hershey's and Foot Locker's Six:02 athleisure concept store.
Shannon Blowtorch is an award winning DJ who was named by the City Pages and Star Tribune as being the Best Club DJ multiple times, as well as making the Suntimes top 100 DJs. She currently has a weekly Saturday night show on MPR’s 89.3 The Current. She is the DJ for GRRRL PRTY. She has opened for international acts: Salt N Peppa, Madonna, Juicy J, and Peaches.
For the young aspiring artist BdotCroc out of Minneapolis, Minnesota things are looking up. She’s only 22 but has accomplished so many goals since she started writing musicat age 18. She has been noticed around her city from peer’s and family members for herprecise delivery and hard-hitting lyrical abilities. She has released three mixtapes NoClue (2009), Massacre On Beat Street Volume 1 & 2 (2010-2011.) She just released last summer her first all original project titled InBetween Crowds which has surfaced in her city quite well with videos from the project on YouTube with over five thousand views.
Sarah White is a nationally recognized singer / songwriter known for her previous projects including Black Blondie and Shiro Dame. Sharing stages and collaborating with artists including Yasiin Bey, K-OS, Macy Gray, King Britt, J*Davey doing everything from live bands & dj sets to vocal soundscapes & acoustic harmonies, her neon soul sound blends sultry electro and afro-futurism.
Twin Cities' own rap hellion, Manchita, is gearing up to release her first sola project. Since her first collaboration with Slapping Purses in 2011, Manchita has managed to stay off the grid as a solo artist, choosing instead to focus on group projects, Tha Clerb (Mike Mictlan, Lizzo, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, and 2%Muck) and more recently, GRRRL PRTY (Lizzo, Sophia Eris, DJ Shannon Blowtorch).
Born in Minnesota to NuyoRican parents (New York-Puerto Ricans), Maria Isa began her arts education at El Arco Iris Center for the Arts in 1992, and quickly progressed from the role of student to the role of singer, songwriter, emcee, instructor and performing artist. Her 2007 M.I. Split Personalities and 2009 release of Street Politics, has received much critical acclaim using her talent to create social change and labeling her as a woman proud of her heritage.
"Lady Midnight has developed her chops by playing in wide-ranging groups like the electro-pop trio VANDAAM and the horn-fueled Afro-Cuban band Malamanya. There's never been a better time to take a closer look at this entrancing singer, however, as she emerges as a solo artist. [...] It's hard not to picture Sade lounging on a yacht in the Caribbean, or Lady Midnight herself coolly driving around town with the top down." —Andrea Swensson, The Current
The Lioness, born Shaiwna Adams on April 6, 1988 is the youngest of a large family from Minneapolis. Like many growing up in the now infamous North Side, she has worked very hard to get where she is today. Shaiwna was the first in her household to graduate from college. Following inspiration from the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill & Queen Latifah, helped influence her artistically. Shaiwna found her musical talents when she began singing in the church choir, then expanding into poetry and spoken word, Shaiwna found herself wanting to spend more time performing for others. Local open mic’s provided an outlet for her to express her words.
Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis. She describes her sound as a fusion of fusions. Live instrumentation with real instruments and her voice are the playground for an eclectic sound with elements of soul and electronica fused in. 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 and choreographer of her own solo dance work. She is also a Vinyasa yoga instructor teaching in Minneapolis and wherever her music takes her.
No dashes or spaces. Soul based. Hip hop embraced. Writer and vocalist raised in Minneapolis, MN. Defying convention since 1988.
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