Occupy MN concerts announced: Grant Hart, Toki Wright, more to perform in solidarity

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Grant Hart will perform for free this Sunday on Lake St. and 27th Ave.
​In what they are promising will span into "weeks of action," the Occupy MN movement keeps expanding its presence with events that stretch beyond the live-in outside the Hennepin County Government Plaza -- and for the first time this week, some of the demonstrations will involve free live music.

Don't worry, it's not Radiohead coming to cause a near-riot or Kanye West coming to stand around silently and awkwardly. For the local chapter of what's become a nationwide protest against Wall Street and greed, the musical performances will be strictly Minnesotan.

On Friday, October 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a lineup of mostly hip-hop artists will perform a free show in Peavey Plaza as a prelude to a "March to Save the American Dream," which will depart from Peavey Plaza at 3 p.m. and head toward the Wells Fargo Center (similar to a march that took place yesterday). The daytime concert, organized by TakeAction Minnesota and the Twin Cities Arts Action Collective, will feature performances by Rhymesayers artist and activist Toki Wright, Pandora's Box Cutter, Flo-me, Thee Evil Creatures, Karma the Oddest Goddess, Lioness, Rob Weekend, Sean Anonymous (of Wide Eyes), and Earth Shake.

On Sunday, October 16, the demonstrations will move to south Minneapolis for a block party at Lake St. and 27th Ave. S., which will campaign for fair wages and worker's rights in the retail cleaning industry and is being organized by Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL). Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with speeches by local workers, followed by music from 3-7 p.m. with headliner Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü, spoken word artist Guante, Brass Kings, Mayda, and more.

Both events are open to the public, and as Minnesotans for a Fair Economy organizer Kevin Whelan puts it, "The price for both concerts is just right for the 99%....free."

Follow #mnfaireconomy, #fairmn, and #occupymn on Twitter for updates on these music-related events during the Occupy MN movement.
 


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Matt
Matt

Ha! My band played a festival up north with Grant Hart. Worst headliner ever. Monotonous electric guitar with no dynamics topped by some mediocre singing. Very harsh on the ears. Stick with your 80s band bro.

Leroyd
Leroyd

Thanks for covering this city pages!

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

Please note that the date has been updated for the first concert: Toki Wright and Co. will perform on Friday, October 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Paul Activist
St. Paul Activist

Yes I got a text that the 11am-3pm concert at Peavey Plaza was supposed to be on Friday too not Thursday. Someone please clarify what date this concert is on. AND instead of just stating that it is "Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m." please identify the day of the week and even the official date of the concert. Don't want to mislead people by mistake. Thanks for covering this City Pages. Please clarify for us.

Nate Brennan
Nate Brennan

The Facebook event for Toki Wright in Peavey Plaza says Friday, not Thursday. Did they move up the date?

TC Organizer!
TC Organizer!

Thank you. I'm posting this on my facebook page asap!

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

The information I received from MN for a Fair Economy says "Peavey Plaza from 11:00 - 3:00 on Thursday Oct 14th, before the March to Save the American Dream," which contradicts itself since the 14th is Friday. I'll investigate and post and update with confirmed info.

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