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May 22, 2009

Summer at Northrop '09

The lineup for the highly anticipated free outdoor summer concerts is finally here.

Summer at Northrop

The warm weather is finally here to stay! And you know what that means… it’s time for Summer at Northrop free outdoor concerts. Celebrating its 55th Anniversary, this two month series offers a wide variety of music spanning many cultures and genres including reggae, hip hop, jazz, and salsa (to name a few). Presented by Summer Session and Northrop, all concerts are on the Northrop Plaza from noon to 1 pm starting Thursday, June 11.

The official kick off party is on Monday, June 15 featuring the New Primitives, an energetic reggae band with a Latino rock twist. Complimentary Jimmy Johns sandwich samples will be served while supplies last. Also, enter to win numerous prizes donated from local organizations.

Full lineup

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May 11, 2009

Jason Moran "In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959"

A multimedia masterwork of the eccentric Thelonious Monk's legendary Town Hall concert last Saturday at the Walker.

What a mind blowing interpretation of Monk's 1959 Town Hall concert! Moran's innovative use of cinema and technology was an amazing artistic exploration into the improvisational style of the legendary composer/pianist. Did you see the show? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

May 5, 2009

Jason Moran

We have the perfect Thursday night plans for you... A free lecture with jazz innovator Jason Moran.

Local musician James Everest (Vicious Vicious, Roma di Luna) interviews Jason Moran at the Walker Art Center about his successful career in a program that includes live demonstrations, video, and questions from the audience. Get your free tickets at the Walker Hennepin Lobby Desk. More info here.

On Saturday night, Jason takes the McGuire Stage (at the Walker Art Center) with the Big Bandwagon for a multimedia performance of In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959 which The New York Times hails as a "stunning project" and Rolling Stone cites Jason as "the most provocative thinker in current jazz." Hint: Hurry up and get your tickets now! Shows are at 7 & 9:30pm, tickets are $35, $10 for U of M students (limited supply).