Recorded in TPT‘s studios with a live audience, The Lowertown Line pairs concert-style musical performance with insightful conversation with the artists. These dynamic performance specials are made possible by the State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Upcoming Air Dates
Haley Bonar |
Saturday, Jul 22 at 12am
Har Mar Superstar |
Saturday, Jul 22 at 12:30am
The 4onthefloor |
Sunday, Jul 23 at 11pm
Black Diet |
Sunday, Jul 23 at 11:30pm
The 4onthefloor |
Saturday, Jul 29 at 12am
The Lowertown Line, a new music series, pairs concert-style musical performance with insightful conversation. This episode features acclaimed singer songwriter Haley Bonar, who performs new songs off her 5th full length album, Last War, in front of a live studio audience. Bonar also talks about her history and her creative process during an interview with hip-hop artist Dessa.
Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and energetic performer Har Mar Superstar and guest Lizzo, bring irresistible grooves to The Lowertown Line stage in tpt's Studio A. Har Mar's music style is an eclectic mix of classic soul/R&B and disco.
Performing all of their songs in 4/4 time, with four kick drums, it's easy to see where The 4ontheFloor gets their name. Front man Gabriel Douglas talks about his fear of playing fast, his love of relentless drumming and how the band makes sure everyone has a good time at their infectiously energetic live shows.
Black Diet is a garage/indie/soul band who formed in 2011. The members of the band met on Craiglist and come from diverse musical background that include gospel, cabaret, blues, funk, afrobeat and punk rock. They perform a live set at Bedlam Lowertown in downtown St. Paul, and talk about thrift store clothing, making money and being friends.
Three piece garage rock band The Blind Shake perform live at The Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. Their music combines 60's psychedelia influences with a contemporary punk rock sound. The band talks about their on stage image, old school recording techniques, and Minnesota's connection to surf music.
Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree performs at the Varsity Theater on the tenth anniversary of the first Doomtree "Blowout." The band talks about their origins, learning how to create hip hop and the business of music.
Formed while attending St. Paul Central High School back in the 90's, hip-hop veterans Heiruspecs have continued to make music for over a decade. Heiruspecs play hip hop live, with instruments not samples, and are known for their distinctive song writing style and well received live shows. The band has contributed substantially to the flourishing hip-hop scene in the Twin Cities; so much so in fact that St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declared December 22nd Heiruspecs Day.
Taking inspiration from feminism, punk and pop music, Kitten Forever's aesthetic is both stripped down and personal. The bass and drum trio rocks a low-fi, loud, energetic sound. Kitten Forever are captured during a live set at The Amsterdam Bar in St Paul. The band also sits down to talk to us about their personal and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, the power of flower crowns, creativity and feminism.
Growing up in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul and getting her start at Penumbra Theater, multidisciplinary artist PaviElle's neo-soul voice is as robust as her career. From writing a one woman play to performing with a large backing band, PaviElle has taken the Twin Cities music scene by storm with her intimate performances and expressive sound.
Nicholas David is a vibrant, soulful, and prolific singer / songwriter, who incorporates multiple genres, instruments and influences into his music. He uses his musical talent as an agent for social change, whether it be raising money for local public schools or with his environmentally friendly music label.