Music

Larry Johnson did JFK's 50 Mile Hike in 1961, just before telling his first campfire story and learning to play music on a bent tent pole.  At Age 61 he did the world famous 61 Mile Hike, leaving at 6:10 on the 61 bus to hike Highway 61.  Now, because he turned 70,he just completed the 70 Mile BEATING WEAPONS INTO WINDMILLS WALK.

Catherine Charles is a Minneapolis-based writer/performer/musician. Their work has been featured at Story Club, OUTspoken, Queer Voices, and in 20% Theatre's Naked I series of plays. Musically, their interests include ragtime, torch songs, and retro video game scores.

Peder Hagen (Iris Oconnell) always felt born into a different time and relates to Iris O’Connell, farm wife from western Pennsylvania. Iris likes Judy Garland because they both didn't feel like they fit in when they were young and now they do.

Dylan Fresco is a theater artist and musician who works as a writer, performer, producer, and educator with a diverse array of arts and community partners. Projects take him from performance stages to school classrooms, from community centers to neighborhood sidewalks. In his work, he invites connections between people and communities through story, music, poetry and movement.

Ollie Schminkey is a white, non-binary transgender poet/musician/artist. They facilitate, direct, and host many organizations, including a queer open mic called OUTspoken! and a weekly writing workshop called Well-Placed Commas. They have also represented the Twin Cities in numerous national poetry competitions, and they have authored one chapbook, The Taste of Iron. You can find them touring nationally or in the We Will Be Shelter, Drunk in a Midninght Choir, and 20% Theater Co's The Naked I.

Corey Medina was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico but found his way to snow-swept Bemidji in 2012. That’s where he met his “brothers” percussionist Nayo Perez and bassist Ian Hill. The trio perform Medina’s original music that’s a mix of Blues/Rock/Indie/Soul/Folk, with expressive lyrics resonating throughout his intuitive, soulful guitar.

Tenzin, a native Tibetan, is a composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. From 1993-2004 he was a member of the esteemed Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala, India. TIPA was founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to preserve and promote the traditional performing arts of Tibet. Through the vigorous training and practice at TIPA Tenzin achieved mastery in Tibetan Opera, folk dances, songs and a number of musical instruments.

"Lady Midnight has developed her chops by plaing in wide-ranging groups like the electro-pop trio VANDAAM and the horn-fuled Afro-Cuban band Malamanya. There's never been a better time to take a closer look at this entrancing singer, however, as she emerges as a solo artist. [...] It's hard not to picture Sade lounging on a yacht in the Caribbean, or Lady Midnight herself coolly driving around with the top down." - Andrea Swenson, The Current 

Siama Matuzungidi (2014-'15 McKnight Fellow) is a singer, composer and master guitarist from DR Congo (later Kenya, Dubai, Uganda, Japan and now Minneapolis). He was in-demand studio musician during the golden era of soukous music (1970s-'80s) and his distinctive arpeggiated guitar style is featured on over 100 hit songs, several of which he composed. He's considered a major contributor to the popularization of soukous (a style of music known as, "the sound of happiness").

Taylor Seaberg is a fan of blending genres, her lifelong passion has always been jazz and classical Spanish flamenco guitar. Her latest joy is combining the old with neo-soul, RNB, and groove funk. She is a constantly growing artist, reflecting on her flaws and encourages thinking outside of her comfort zone.

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