Music

Nicole M. Smith is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children's Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what's been established and finding point of entry based on interest.

I'm a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in the Twin Cities. My music is universal which deals with topics such as love, acceptance and confidence. I performed at the Twin Cities PRIDE festival 5 years in a row. I try to create music that everyone can relate to. Gay or straight.

Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis.  She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, poet, choreographer, performance artist and vinyasa yoga instructor. Over the course of her career she has performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her latest single 'Take Cover' is available for purchase and live streaming on iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.

Starri enjoys creating altars and performing genderqueer sex magick performance art with other earth worshipping weirdo super heroes. Starri is a founding mother of the Psycick Slutz (who first performed at Patrick's Cabaret in 1992), the Hard Times Cafe, and Gaia Democratic School. Starri can can also be found at the Altar to the Dead at Barebones Production's annual Halloween show and hanging out downtown with 5to10onHennepin and MadeHereMN.

Sol Moran is a local theater artist, originally from New York. She is an active member of the Centro Tyrone Guzman Theater Group as well as Teatro Del Pueblo's ensemble for the last four years. Percussionist enthusiast and songwriter. Her recent performances in the plays El orden del desorden, El retorno and Coco's Latinidad have been well received by the Latino community. 

Loc Tran was born in Vietnam and moved to Minnesota in 1993 when he was one-and-a-half years old. He's graduting with a Bachelor's of Music Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in May. He loves to play classical, jazz, blues music and compose classical and comedy music. He loves basketball, playing the Tetris II video game with his Mom, and Asian food.

Lula Saleh is an Ethiopian-Eritrean American Muslim, multidisciplinary performance artist, writer, poet, singer-songwriter, journalist, organizer and Empath. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and living in both Ethiopia and the UK as a child, she identifies as a third culture kid. Lula is a NEXUS Music Artist and an Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Fellow. She writes and sings at the intersections of her multiethnic, transnational diaspora identity.

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee poet and arts based community organizer. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship and is a current graduate fellow at the University of St. Thomas in English Literature. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices Magazine, On the Commons Magazine and in Burn Something zine and Ellen Hinchcliffe's recent collection Walk Towards It.

Jamez Smith is a poet with decades of material sitting around gathering dust. The collection of journals just keeps growing and growing. He needs help.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, DJ Keezy has lit up the Twin Cities scene by quickly making a name for herself. Keezy has DJ'ed at most major venues in town, includinf opening up for a few well known out of state artists. Keezy's signature sound consists of old school throwbacks and the hottest new remixes. She is heavily influenced by hip-hop, jazz and rap. She is also known for throwing many parties in Minnepolis that are all female based. You can hear some of the most creative blends and mixes by her online or hear her sounds out at events throughout the Twin Cities.

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