In a few days, I'll be heading out on the inaugural MN Express tour. Five prior recipients of the Cedar Cultural Center's 416 Club Commissions were selected to collaborate on a new project wherein we get on a bus that travels around the state. Well, there's really more to it than that: we'll perform five ticketed concerts around the state (Austin, Grand Rapids, Duluth, Morris, Northfield) and in between we'll just "pop-up" for performances in towns and cities around Minnesota.
The project is based on the Africa Express, which took 80 artists across Britain by train. Along the way, those artists interacted, collaborated and just generally made (and are still making) a bunch of interesting music. I expect that the same thing in miniature will happen for us.
Minnesota Express is Nick Gaudette, Sara Pajunen, Kyle Sobczak, Aby Wolf and me. We operate in sort-of overlapping music worlds. It's been intriguing and exciting to share our music amongst ourselves, and we're all very excited to discover together how things will morph and twist and shake and boogaloo (have I been listening to too much James Brown?) once we get on the bus.
I hope you'll join us somewhere along the route. Details can be found here and here and a story about us on Minnesota Public Radio can be found here. You never know where we'll pop-up (but maybe I'll tip you off. Keep watching this space--I'll keep you posted from the road.)
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.