The second season of TPT STAGE premieres on July 22 on TPT 2 at 8pm and will be available for streaming on tpt.org as well as the PBS Video App Friday night. We’re so excited to share with you a host of Minnesota-based artists performing in interesting and historic venues across the Twin Cities all summer long. Hosted by Natalia Romero Arbeláez, a performer, educator, and musician, the show takes viewers right into the audience of these fantastic performers.
We talked to many of the acts featured on the show and were able to compile a playlist of summer songs. Check it out:
If you like what you heard, check out a full list of episodes + some summer tour dates for select acts. Make sure to catch them all!
Episode airing July 22: American Roots Revue
American Roots Revue brings together some of Minnesota’s most talented musicians in a spectacular line up featuring Larry Long, Claudia Schmidt, Robert Robinson and Tonia Hughes Kendrick. Backed by an all-star band on stage live at The Dakota in Minneapolis.
Episode airing July 29: Nur-D/War Bonnet/Gao Hong and Issam Rafea/Molly Maher
From Native American Rock, Hip-Hop, Americana and Chinese and Arabic music traditions this showcase features the rich musical culture we have in Minnesota. Produced in collaboration with The Hook & Ladder Theater and Hennepin Library’s MNspin program.
Molly Maher’s Playlist Contributions:
First Time in Years by Erik Koskinen
Turntables (from the Amazon movie: ” All In: The Fight for Democracy”) by Janelle Monae
Run Run Run by Molly Maher
Places to see Molly Maher this summer:
7/30 Guy Waymores Music Emporium Grey Eagle, MN
8/12 & 8/13 Hosting Lakeside Guitar Festival (formally Lowertown Guitar Festival )
8/18 Shut Up and Listen at Isanti Spirits w/ Erik Koskinen
starting 10/12 Every Second Wednesdays at the White Squirrel 6:00-8:00 pm
Places to see Gao Hong this summer:
8/24 Silk Road Ensemble: East Northfield
War Bonnet’s Playlist Contributions:
Warrior Nation by War Bonnet
Places to see War Bonnet this summer:
7/15 (6pm) Gichi Ode-Akiing Park – Duluth, MN
7/28 (6pm) Klockow Brewing Co – Grand Rapids, MN
Episode airing August 5: The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Presents STIGMATA
The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus was founded 40 years ago during the height of the AIDS crisis. Featuring a wide range of vocal stylings, this song cycle chronicles a diverse range of experiences with HIV stigma.
Episode airing August 12: YAM HAUS/DNM
Minneapolis based group YAM HAUS is known for their high energy and dance floor ready, pop music. And new supergroup DNM, is made up of experimental indie-pop rockers who have individually been mainstays on the local music scene for years. Performed live at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul.
Episode airing August 19: The Cedar Commissions featuring Vie Boheme/Alicia Thao/Kat Parent
As part of The Cedar Commissions, three of Minnesota’s most innovative emerging composers and musicians perform world premieres. Their music ranges from electro soul, funk, traditional Hmong folk music eco-horror. This is new music you won’t hear anywhere else but live at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Kat Parent’s Playlist Contributions:
Tangible by See More Perspective feat. Kat Parent
Reach Out, Open Your Eyes and Step by See More Perspective feat. Kat Parent
See Kat Parent this summer:
Episode airing August 26: Give Get Sistet/Angels Sang to Me
Soprano Maria Jette and a string quartet perform AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa “Angels Sang to Me”, a composition that hopes to raise awareness and destigmatize mental illness. And Give Get Sistet, a chorus of women who use acapella singing and vocal improvisation to entertain, educate and empower audiences performs.
Sarah M. Greer from Give Get Sistet’s Playlist Contributions:
Be the Light by Sarah M. Greer
Storyteller: Privilege by Sarah M. Greer
Storyteller: Responsibilities by Sarah M. Greer
Soft Overcomes Hard by Body Omara featuring Mankwe Ndosi
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