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, 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 third best American release in Spain in 2018 by Ruta66 Magazine.
- Thursday, August 20 (12 to 1 p.m.): Quartette Monette in support of Voices for Racial Justice
Colin Roy Monette is a Mpls based Maverick Guitarist, Expressive Singer, Prolific Songwriter, Lifelong Musician and Music Instructor Performing and Recording Artist. Bandleader for “Spaghetti Monetti & The Sauce”, and “Quartette Monette”. Enrolled Member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
Stream live: youtu.be/CrRCBWeMDM4
- Friday, August 21 (12 to 1 p.m.): Lady Midnight in support of Kulture Klub Collaborative
Lady Midnight, she is an experience. She is an ethereal vocalist and performance artist who draws upon her multidisciplinary background in visual art, dance and Afro-indigenous roots to create work that timelessly reflects our collective lives. Lady Midnight is one half of the group Parables of Neptune, a duo with Afrokeys (former keyboardist of Atmosphere) and was named Best Twin Cities Vocalist of 2017 by City Pages. As Lady Midnight, she has recorded with international touring artists Bon Iver, P.O.S., Brother Ali, as well as performed with internationally acclaimed icons Common, Moby, Andra Day, and Aloe Blacc, among others. Lady Midnight has dedicated her life to using the arts as a power for change and confronting trauma.
- Tuesday, August 25 (12 to 1 p.m.): Tom Siler in support of Minneapolis MAD DADS
Caricaturist Tom Siler has been in and out of the Minneapolis music scene for over 30 years. He has employed his musical talents in many groups, including The Boards, The Odd, Larmes De Colere, and Hot Lava. He has explored every existing musical genre and is now focusing on all eras of classical piano music from Bach to Eisler. So please, enjoy, one hour of “Difficult Listening” from Cartoonland, USA!
Stream live: youtu.be/39XOmJQ7jAQ
- Thursday, August 27 (12 to 1 p.m.): Pleasure Horse in support of Voices For Racial Justice
Pleasure Horse began in 2012 with the duo of songwriter Tim Evenson and guitarist Ben Mahowald. Thereafter, the band worked to craft a uniquely Minnesotan brand of country music. Implementing the emotive clarity of Townes Van Zandt and a Parsons-esque passion for traditional music, Pleasure Horse self-released several collections of cosmic cowboy classics over the following years.
Stream live: youtu.be/i6DYMYRxINQ