MN Music On-A-Stick, presented by 89.3 The Current, is a musical evening celebrating artists with roots in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This one-of-a-kind event returns to the Grandstand for the third year in a row with a new group of Minnesota artists. The 2014 lineup includes Brother Ali, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Cloud Cult, Har Mar Superstar and The Cactus Blossoms.
Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist Brother Ali is not afraid to tackle hot button topics and social issues of our time. He broke into hip-hop through break dancing and is now one of the highest-profile artists on the independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment. Brother Ali has performed countless live shows and appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” He recently released his new album Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color, which “presents a scathing, yet honest, critique of America and its many flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities.”
Minneapolis rap crew and label Doomtree strays from categorization. The seven artists who make up the group have diverse tastes that create lyrics that never shy from the truth. The group has a way of blending hip-hop swagger with the energy of punk. Doomtree’s recent album No Kings is “the sound of seven people who look different, talk different and listen to different music coming together and simply going full-tilt on an album from start to finish.”
Originally a member of post-hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould became a solo artist in the late 1980s. He released his first album, Workbook, which featured keyboards, acoustic guitars and strings. After that success, Mould formed the trio Sugar in 1992. After being on hiatus since 1995, Mould returned to the sound of Sugar by releasing simple rock record Silver Age.
St. Paul native Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillman) is an R&B crooner who happens to breakdance while performing. He has penned songs for Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Osbourne and opened shows for The Strokes and Incubus. Most recently, Har Mar Superstar released his “impossibly groovy and infectious” classic soul/R&B album Bye Bye 17.
Minnesota-based Cloud Cult is an experimental indie rock band that formed in 1995 and is led by singer/songwriter Craig Minowa. The band has a passion for the environment and has been involved in many projects working for a greener music industry. Minowa developed the first 100 percent post-consumer recycled CD packaging in the U.S. market. Cloud Cult’s music is strongly inspired by “who are we, why are we here, where did we come from, where do we go.” Cloud Cult released a new full-length live acoustic album Unplug in April. The band is currently touring the country and will debut in Europe this summer.
Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in northeast Minneapolis and have been crooning country tunes as The Cactus Blossoms since 2010. Their hypnotic, timeless and unforgettable songs have made them favorites in the Twin Cities music scene. Their latest album, Live At The Turf Club, blurs the line between old and new as they sneak a few originals into their repertoire of early country and Western swing.