Midway Music Mixtape Release

James Franken

James Franken is a 17 year old rapper from St. Paul, MN. Franken uses a mixture of classic hip-hop and new school beats to create a colorful blend of sound and rhythm. His messages are select as of present, as he focuses on the scene teenagers are pushed towards living in during high school, including stories of drugs, alcohol, and the lifestyle that comes with them.

Desdamona is an international award-winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sounds, and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to Hawaii to Puerto Rico to Germany; gracing some of Hip Hop and poetry's most illustrious stages.
Desdamona has had the pleasure of opening up for distinguished artists including Wyclef Jean, GURU, Bahamadia, Zap Mama, Black Uhuru/Sly & Robbie, Saul Williams, Ursula Rucker, KRS ONE and Rhymesayers artists. She has also shared the stage with influential Hip Hop artists including Canada's Eternia, Medusa and Bgirl Rockafella.

COMMUNITY
Desdamona has worked in over 200 schools throughout the Midwest, conducting workshops and as artist in residence, working with more than 10,000 students in public, private and alternative schools as well as colleges and universities. She has also worked in residencies and workshops in Stillwater Prison, Shakopee Prison, Red Wing Juvenile Facility and the Juvenile Detention Center in Minneapolis MN.

EVENTS & TOURS
Desdamona is one of the founders of B Girl Be, the first international festival, which celebrates women in Hip Hop. She was a featured performer at the We B*Girlz Festival in Berlin, Germany (2008), the SheRock Festival (2008), and was a Minnesota Music Awards featured performer (2005). Desdamona was also awarded Best Spoken Word Artist from the MN Music Awards five consecutive years. Desdamona was a featured artist on the SummerJam Tour (2007) with legendary, Grammy Award winning artists Sly & Robbie. She and beatbox partner Carnage (as Ill Chemistry) also headlined The 2nd Nature Tour (2008).

PROJECTS
Desdamona released her first formal product, The Ledge, in 2005. With production from Sly & Robbie, the project was well received and combined Des's potent poetry and fierce hip hop delivery with a mix of heavy, world-influenced beats. The Ledge also introduced Desdamona's fans to her singing, including the hooks and full songs on the album. In 2007, Desdamona released The Source. This project was recorded more organically, with all live instrumentation. The Source offered a whole new feel to Desdamona's sound, while her lyrics and delivery were as powerful as ever. The Source was a success with fans as well as college radio; ranking as high as number 10 on the Hip Hop charts.

Bomba De Luz

Bomba de Luz is a group of four high school students from St. Paul, MN. They began playing small shows at their high school's small theater in late 2010. Within a year they played multiple festival shows, opening for Heiruspecs and Kimya Dawson, and their name continually grows. Led by folk rock songwriter, Lydia Hoglund, the trio of musicians including Gavin Taylor-Stark, Jonas Taghavi, and Evan Slack create an atmosphere of folk-rock. Lydia Hoglund carries with her flexible, dynamic and sweet voice. Their influences come from all over the place, but mainly it can be said they derive their sound from Jeff Buckley, Wye Oak, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Sharon Van Etten and countless other artists. With much appraisal from the local music scene, Bomba de Luz carries on. "Another artist ... is Bomba de Luz, whose talented lead singer sounds like she'd be positively mesmerizing live."- Andrea Swensson, The Current. "Bomba De Luz, ... is turning heads left and right in the music scene..." Sean McPherson of Heiruspecs.

Glo Pesci

Glo Pesci is a Hip-Hop artist from St. Paul. As a member of the Abstract Pack, Glo Pesci was apart of laying the foundation for what the Twin Cities' rap scene has become. This MC is determined to make music that moves, inspires, and compels the listener to be the best they can be, overcome life's many challenges and remember to always have a good time while doing it!

Bobby Raps

Bobby Raps is a rapper/producer from St. Paul. Linking up with the South Minneapolis rap crew, Audio Perm, Bobby has made a name for himself throughout the Twin Cities. His stage presence play a huge part in the lively reputation he's earned.

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Midway Music Mixtape Release with Desdemona, Bomba De Luz, Glo Pesci, Bobby Raps

Sunday, September 1 · 5:00 PM at Amsterdam Bar and Hall