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Dec 15, 2018

Dosh & Friends with Serengeti, Stolyette and the Guitarkestra of MN

Dosh & Friends with Serengeti, Stolyette and the Guitarkestra of MN

Dec 15th 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Cedar Cultural Center


The Cedar Presents
DOSH & FRIENDS with Serengeti, StoLyette and the Guitarkestra of MN
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
All Ages
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Martin Dosh, or "Dosh" as he is known, has been making independent music since 2002. A longtime mainstay of the Twin Cities indie music scene, Dosh has recorded with Bonnie 'Prince' Billie, Fog, Jel, Odd Nosdam, Andrew Bird, Redstart, Def Kith, Vicious Vicious, Lateduster, The Cloak Ox, Goulden Balls and Gaelynn Lea, among others. He works with multiple instruments: mostly keyboards, drums and samplers; incorporating multiple disciplines, or lack thereof, into a tough-to-pin-down sound. Polyrhythmic Hypermelodic Drone comes close. He released his debut album Dosh, as well as Pure Trash, The Lost Take, Wolves And Wishes and Tommy on the indie label Anticon, and 2013's Milk Money was released on Graveface Records. He has self-released multiple records on his own Dosh Family imprint, as well as 2 collaborative EPs with Ghostband, also on Anticon Records. He has done remixes for everyone from Eyedea and Abilities to Bon Iver, and has opened shows for everyone from Tune-Yards to Tortoise to Sylvan Esso. And although he's played alongside Andrew Bird, Jeremy Ylvisaker and Mike Lewis everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House to the Colbert Report, his favorite venue remains the 7th Street Entry. 

Illinois native David Cohn, a.k.a. multifaceted rapper Serengeti, experienced two distinctly different childhoods growing up. Half of his time was spent in Chicago’s then all-black South Side with his mother — a secretary, atheist, and devout communist. The other half was clocked in the then all-white suburbs of Olympic Fields with his father — a stressed, middle-class business-owner. Though Serengeti is the great nephew of Sonny Cohn, Count Basie’s trumpeter of thirty years, music wasn’t passed down freely in the family. Instead, young David kept his musical obsessions in his head, and by the time he was ready to loose them, his skull had accumulated several album’s worth of left- field hip-hop detritus. Geti has since released fourteen albums in ten years. He made his first two nearly by accident, on the way to completing his so-called “debut,” Gasoline Rainbows. That triptych created a hefty rumble in the underground, showcasing stylish, heady raps intertwined with thick threads of soul, pop, rock and psychedelia. With 2006’s Dennehy — a character-based concept album loaded with Chi-town signposts and sports references — Geti established himself as the missing link between Kool Keith, Common Sense and Bill Swerski’s Superfans. Since, he’s been following a stream of consciousness through the darker corners of society and his psyche over an increasingly adventurous musical trajectory. In 2008 alone, Geti debuted two new projects: Yoome, an intimate electronic collaboration with a New Zealand chanteuse, and Friday Night, an exercise in deconstructed party rap with emcee Hi-Fidel. In 2009, Adam “doseone” Drucker (Subtle, themselves, 13& God) signed Geti and his sometimes production partner Polyphonic to Anticon. The pair released their sophomore collaboration on the label that same year, Terradactyl, which found the emcee’s bleak verbiage delivered in both rhyme and free-floating sing-song over an intricate and glitchy expanse of experimental electronics. Fifteen months later came Serengeti & Polyphonic’s double EP, Bells & A Floating World, which featured six brand new songs and as many remixes, including inspired reworkings by artists as diverse as WHY?, Bracken, Jel, Son Lux, Greetings From Tuskan and Epstein Y El Conjunto. 2011 is looking to be one of Geti’s busiest years yet, thanks to Anticon’s release of Tha Grimm Teachaz’ long-lost cassette-only classic There’s a Situation on the Homefront (Geti helped bring the formerly shelved 1993 album to the label) and his contribution to Asthmatic Kitty’s ongoing 7-inch series. His latest Anticon release is Family & Friends, a refreshingly upbeat full-length produced by WHY?’s Yoni Wolf and Advance Base, formerly known as Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.

StoLyette is Ben Clark, Mitch Miller, Ryan Mach and Irene Ruderman Clark. StoLyette began as a project reworking Russian folk songs using only bass and vocals. The original compositions expanded to incorporate giga-delay pedals and a pitch shifter to fill out the material by creating dense harmonies, melodies, and beats over the beautifully unique and powerful Russian vocals while still adhering to their original credo of creating all the music with only bass, drums and vocals at the time of performance without further augmentation with previously recorded tracks. In particular, these dynamic soundscapes mixed with an expressive vocal approach presented in Russian provide the listener room to interpret and reconstruct the meaning of each composition to reflect more personally the listener’s own experience and state.