Since 2017, Street Show has brought hundreds of hours of paid street performance to Nicollet and Hennepin avenues each year. Normally, this time of year we’d be gearing up, prepping the little red wagons, booking musicians and other performers and getting ready to launch the Street Show season downtown.
But this year is different in so many ways with COVID-19. Since we can’t be out on the street for you, we want to bring you a bit of joy over lunchtimes in July with a live streaming version of Street Show featuring some of our regular performers from their home studios, backyards or front porches.
Whether you are working remotely, or one of our essential downtown workers, we hope you’ll tune in at www.streetshowmpls.org.
Street Show is organized by the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and curated by Hennepin Theatre Trust and the Warming House with financial support primarily from downtown commercial property owners.
- Tuesday, July 7 (12 to 1 p.m.): Debbie Moore
Debbie Moore is a multidisciplinary musician, writer, and teacher who is new to the Twin Cities music scene.
- Thursday, July 9 (12 to 1 p.m.): Nico Moore/Speak Free
Nico is a south side hip hop artist, actor, activist, and an educator of youth. Nico has been connecting with performing art sense an early age, and has been working as an actor, musician, dancer and a poet for over 15 years.
- Tuesday, July 14 (12 to 1 p.m.): Amanda Standalone
Amanda Standalone is a writer, folk musician and multi-instrumentalist from Minnesota. Standalone has released two albums, Millions of Blackbirds (2010), which bears the title track “Bird flew Hard” for the HBO documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert, and her first solo album Trouble (2014). Her music is a soulful blend of acoustic folk/blues strongly influenced by American Roots music. Her next album, based on real life ghost stories, will be released in the fall.
- Thursday, July 16 (12 to 1 p.m.): Stephanie Claussen
Minnesota-based harpist Stephanie Claussen is a performer, teacher and arranger. With interests that span the Celtic and classical harp worlds, she performs her own mixture of Scottish tunes, J.S. Bach, and anything that sounds medieval or French.
- Tuesday, July 21 (12 to 1 p.m.): Nancy Olson
Nancy Olson sings and plays many folk instruments including guitar, dulcimer, autoharp and ukelele. Her unique interpretations of folk, blues, pop oldies, standards and her original songs, delight and amaze!
- Thursday, July 23 (12 to 1 p.m.): Hassan Shahidi
Hassan Shahidi is a self-taught musician and singer-songwriter. Shahidi aspires to use his music to connect with the community and also convey his perspective & emotions in his slow soothing lyrics over the acoustics guitar. He mixes up the platform by doing classic 2000’s music covers from a wide variety of artists and genres. Shahidi is currently looking to grow as a recording artist.
- Friday, July 24 (10 a.m.): Special performance by Jeremy Messersmith
As part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial, local artist Jeremy Messersmith is hosting a special Street Show performance. The show was recorded earlier this week on top of The Dayton’s Project in downtown Minneapolis and will be available for viewing at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24 at www.aquatennial.com/aqua2020. In addition to celebrating the City of Minnepaolis, Jeremy’s performance will also support Voice for Racial Justice.
- Tuesday, July 28 (12 to 1 p.m.): James Rone
James Rone is a Minneapolis-based songwriter, performing artist, and educator. During the last two decades, Rone’s music has ranged from angular power-pop (The Seagraves) to soul-revival (The Robinson Caruso Organization) to lush pop-rock (School For Girls). Rone’s solo debut, Quiet as Fists was released in January of 2020 and is available on Bandcamp (preferred) and all streaming platforms.
- Tuesday, August 4 (12 to 1 p.m.): Heart of a Tinman
Heart of a Tinman plays current and past pop and rock hits in fresh new arrangements on unusual instruments. They capture the essence and feel of those heavily-produced songs on only a few rudimentary instruments. Their unique sound is driven by Dwight Christensen, a long-time Twin Cities professional drummer, with his tricked-out washboard and suitcase bass drum.
- Tuesday, August 11 (12 to 1 p.m.): Joe Flip
Award winning musician, Joe Flip, performing with his hand-made oil can guitars, is now receiving international radio-play and recognition for his many talents.
His album, “Tin Can Tunes,” charted #2, along with his song “Mess Around,” charting #1 in the world, on the Roots Music Radio Charts for acoustic blues, earning him a 2019 Blues Blast Magazine Music Award nomination. Joe also represented Minnesota at the 2019 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN. Joe Flip’s performance will support Youthlink.
- Tuesday, August 18 (12 to 1 p.m.): Doug Collins
Called “one of the most brilliant songwriters to emerge from the Twin Cities in nearly two decades” by southernminn.com, Doug Collins’s hooky mix of Beatle-esque pop and classic country has earned him three songs voted finalist for “Best Song of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, along with his 2016 CD Complicated Compliments, which was also voted one of the “Best of the Year”. His most recent CD Good Sad News has been voted the thrid best American release in Spain in 2018 by Ruta66 Magazine.