Rock out at the Twin Cities Veg Fest! Our concert will take place in the Whole Music Club in the basement of Coffman. The concert will start at 10:30 and run until 3:30 or so. The concert is free! The exact order of performers will be announced later.
The concert is sponsored by Stan and Carole Feldman in memory of Kenny A. Feldman.
- Alison Scott
- Sean Anonymous
- In Defence
School is now in session; you think you know how to thrash? You are still in preschool my friend. Get ready for some lessons in head banging. In Defence are not afraid to mix it up, recalling the styling’s of 80’s hardcore and metal, In Defence bring it. There is no tomorrow. Tonight is going to be all out war. These taco punks are here to tear the place down. Catchy thrash is what you’ve got, throw in a break down and keep dancing. Mile a minute drums, racecar guitar riffs and a vocal presence that will bring you away from the keg in the back corner of the basement. This isn’t your older co- workers hard core, this is still relevant, no car commercials here, just kick you in the teeth hard-core thrash. In Defence is the band you want to listen to, the band you have to see. They are infectious. You are unsure what is going to happen, food fight? Perhaps the biggest pit ever? More stage diving then you can imagine? Actually, does it matter because this is the time of your life. Taco punks unite; pizza has nothing on a taco.
From humble beginnings at house parties to touring the country and climbing the independent charts, Minneapolis rapper Sean Anonymous has taken his passion for music and ran with it. Rooted in the art of freestyle rapping, his style makes a conscious effort to create fun, energetic music with a message, ideal for both headphones and the dance floor. While still a member of the acclaimed groups Wide Eyes and Bottom Feeders, his 2012 solo debut Anonymo displayed his full range of talent, quickly gaining attention from college radio and hip-hop fans nationwide. It rose to #6 on the CMJ charts and remained there for twelve straight weeks, leading to a highlight slot on the 2012’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York. Since then, a spot on Warped Tour, gracing Minneapolis’ famed First Ave, and opening for Macklemore at SXSW have all become new notches on Sean’s belt. He’s achieved everything from a strictly DIY standpoint, building success off pure passion, drive, and raw ability.
“I knew music was my passion for a long time,” Sean says, recalling feverishly buying up any hip-hop album he could get his hands on while in 6th grade. Having always played music to some extent, from singing in a choir to playing assorted instruments, freestyle rapping with his friends on the school bus began to spark a certain flame within. While his early favorites like Tupac and Ludacris built a foundation of fandom, discovering local Minneasota rappers like Eyedea and Heiruspecs became the turning point from fan to artist. After transitioning to an alternative high school in 11th grade, he gravitated to like minds Tony Phantom and Dimitry Killstorm, known in the school for making and recording their own hip-hop. Freestyling together became more serious, and eventually led to an invitation to join their group Wide Eyes. Over the course of four days in 2005, they recorded the Seasons EP, which wound up in the hands of Big Zach from Kanser, who saw the spirit behind the rough edges and began to help them get gigs around town. As albums continued to be released – from 2007’s Situation, 2008’s Inside, 2009’s full-length Hands Tied, and 2011’s Follow Through – Wide Eyes have continued to build a fanbase and have cemented themselves as a name to know in Twin Cities hip-hop.
“It’s really fun being in a group; I like bouncing ideas off each other, people always have different perspectives on where to take a song. But there’s a lot of pressure to do certain things, or you have to pressure people to get things done, it’s a lot of people’s schedules,” says Sean of working with his crew. “I’ve always liked the group mentality, it’s a fun way to work. But through the years, I’ve kind of been taking the solo stuff more serious, it’s a little more fast-paced.” Originally thinking his first solo venture would involve Wide Eyes producers, Sean instead opted to work with Cincinnati’s DJ Corbett – known for producing multiple tracks with Saigon as well as tracks with Bun B and Royce Da 5’9 – to prove he could do something independently from his group. Endless nights in the studio led to the beginnings of what would become Anonymo. “If he was taking the time to work with me, then he believed in the music that we made, probably even more so than I did.” Some songs were two years in the making, while some were more spontaneous, but the project came together to a cohesive whole. Features from Abstract Rude and Blueprint on “No B.S.” drew some looks from uninitiated rap fans, and the eventual release surpassed initial expectations. Highlighted by CMJ, Bandcamp, and CD Baby, the album set forth Sean Anonymous’ business infrastructure to begin his career as a successful musician. A nearly sold-out two night CD release show in Minneapolis in July of 2012, featuring separate shows with a live band backing one night and DJs another, Sean Anonymous officially made his stamp on the local Minneapolis scene and beyond.
Alison Scott is the strongest voice to come out of Minneapolis in many years and her soulful, organic sound has quietly built a very large and loyal following. While staying indier than indie and completely ignoring the hipster rulebook, through word of mouth with very little radio or media hype, Alison is making the kind of soul music that music fans love. True music lovers have always responded to an amazing voice singing great songs, and they always will – from Aretha to Adele, this is timeless music that transcends style and fashion, something for the silent majority of listeners who aren’t interested in fluffy pop OR the trendy flavor of the month. Working with multi-platinum guitarist/producer Kevin Bowe (Paul Westerberg, Etta James, Jonny Lang), drummer Peter Anderson (Polara, Honeydogs), bassist Steve Price (Rex Daisy), Alison has become one of the most popular live acts in Minneapolis; she has sold out the Dakota Jazz Club over a dozen shows in a row, and is now filling 500 seat theaters. Alison’s releases have sold over 12,000 units and counting. She is starting work on her fifth release, a holiday album to be released later in 2013 in conjunction with a series of theater shows.