Dessa named 75th most influential person in the Twin Cities

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Minnesota Monthly has released a list of the Twin Cities' most powerful leaders calling the shots, and a few names from the music realm popped up there. The most recognizable to a regular Gimme Noise reader would be Doomtree rapper Dessa, who was the final entry in the 75-person tally.

And we're not disputing her inclusion. MM characterizes her as a renaissance woman, and mentions the Elixery lipstick line she developed, her high-profile speaking engagements, and her many performances at venues other than just the downtown ones. (Plus, she writes a column for the Star Tribune.) Along with Dessa, there were several others -- people the magazine have heard of, we'd imagine -- that at least loosely fit a tie to music.

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26. A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor: No question here. This radio show is actually the only teaching tool that many Americans have when it comes to Minnesota culture. An airplane banter essential.

49. Philip Bither, performing arts curator for Walker Art Center: This choice is a strong one too. Between Rock the Garden, Summer Music & Movies, and all of the one-time-only performances landed at the McGuire Theater -- post-rock pioneers Tortoise jamming with JT Bates, yup -- Bither is a wildly well-connected man who has a dedication to programming that is varied, avant-garde, and connected to our community.  

63. Michael Crusham, market manager for Clear Channel: So, this guy has a hand in keeping stations like Cities 97 and KDWB running. Still, the magazine doesn't offer any specific rationale about why he is specifically more influential than say, Dave Ryan or Brian Oake. Head scratch.

64. KQRS's morning host Tom Barnard: Uh, okay. Reasoning here? He launched a podcast! This is a pick for the olds.

72. David Safar, music director at the Current:
"A lot of musicians owe Safar a big wet kiss," the entry says. Now that is an image we can propagate. (You're welcome, David.)

So, who got left out? A lot of folks. Among the obvious omissions...

Rhymesayers' Siddiq and Slug: Arguably one of the most recognized record labels in the state, and a branded entity all over the world in the realm of indie rap. Their Soundset festival in Shakopee pulls some of the biggest names in the genre and 20,000 fans anually. Also, that Brother Ali fella.

First Avenue's Nate Kranz and Sonia Grover: Out-of-town bands regularly gush about getting the privilege of playing the First Avenue stage, and the club in itself is a brand (and location) strong enough to pull attendees for shows they know nothing about. First Avenue has created partnerships with much of the other clubs around town, and they're debuting a summer festival in July.

Zombie Pub Crawl's Taylor Carik, Chuck Terhark, and Jonathan Ackerman: Maybe the Minnesota Monthy readership isn't swinging from light poles on the West Bank each fall, but it seems like every 22-year-old in the Twin Cities is. This isn't strictly a music event, but a string of concerts -- this past year at Midway in St. Paul, the Cabooze, and others -- has grown to be ingrained in the proceedings for the 30,000-plus who attend.

Prince: This issue must've already in the can before his shows at the Dakota got announced, but that omits the rumored St. Paul show geared at revitalizing downtown that fell apart. You know anyone else who can command a $250 pricetag and have breathless fans forgetting about their car payments?

And this tally could go on and on. Who else should've made this list?



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