Minnesota Sur Seine: French rap, jazz, Rhymesayers

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Overlapping the Sound Unseen festival by a few days, Minnesota Sur Seine (Oct. 14 - 23) kicks off today, with a full festival schedule of transatlantic soul, funk, jazz, hip hop, and electronic music in various venues. The highlight this weekend is a rare performance by the live French-Minnesota hip-hop funk collaboration Ursus Minor at the Triple Rock Social Club (8:00 p.m. 629 Cedar Avenue, West Bank of Minneapolis, $15 at the door or $12 in advance) with nationally-known local rappers Brother Ali and Eyedea, as well as French hip-hoppers D' de Kabal and Spike (listen to their stuff here), all backed by an exceptional band featuring Stokley Williams (of Mint Condition) on drums and vocals, keyboardist-founder Tony Hymas, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson (Common, The Roots), saxophonist Francois Corneloup, and more. On Sunday, Corneloup performs with Dominique Pifarely (violin), Anthony Cox (bass), and the fantastic Denis Colin (bass clarinet) at 4:00 p.m. at the Black Dog (308 Prince St., St. Paul, MN 55101, $8), followed by an evening of electronic music performed by Benoit Delbecq, JT Bates , James Buckley, and Cepia at 8:00 p.m. at the Soap Factory, where the Afrofuturist exhibit continues (520 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, $8) All those VIP clubbers should spring for the $100 Sur Seine pass. This was a wonderful, and underattended, event last year.

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