Augsburg College will host an outdoor festival tomorrow dubbed “Grass Graze.” Going down on the campus’ J Lot, the event will feature performances from Poliça, Toki Wright, Milo, Destiny Roberts, Rich Garvey, Sniffle Party, and Julian Finch among others. This one is 18+ and FREE to students of Augsburg College, those of us who aren’t enrolled will have to pay $10 at the gate. Click the link below for more information and keep an eye out for set times.
Of all the hilarious April Fools Day jokes that were pulled this year, General Mills might have the best one. After linking up with Toki Wright via the McNally Smith College of Music, the idea for Watch The Stove was born. Lead by Bobby Raps & Tiiiiiiiiiip’s banger “Feed The Streets,” Watch The Stove might be one of the best parodies ever. Check it out for yourself above and be on the look out for more as Minneapolis’ music scene continues to heat up.
Location: 701 N First Avenue, Minneapolis When: Wednesday, February 24th @ 8PM
The homie Sayth will be headlining the 7th Street Entry next week alongside Wealthy Relative. Fresh off a win at The Best Damn Beat Battle Ever, Wealthy Relative is looking to capitalize on the success. Toki Wright will be in the building under his production moniker, Mamadu, a set that you’d have to be a fool to miss. Unknown Creatures and Ness Nite round out the bill, this one is 18+ and tickets are currently available for only $5, click the link below to grab yours now.
Location: 600 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, December 4th @ 5PM
The good people over at Rhymesayers will be celebrating 20 years of bringing indie hip hop to the masses this Friday. No longer a local label only known within Minnesota, Rhymesayers’ roster is now a formidable collection of artists from across the nation; not to mention their annual Soundset festival. The 20th anniversary concert will go down at the Target Center and will feature performances from Atmosphere, Toki Wright, P.O.S, DJ Abilities, Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Prof, Micranots and many… many more. The event is all ages and general admission tickets will only be $22, if you want to go the extra mile you can snag VIP passes for $100; click the link below to grab yours now.
Soul Tools just took to YouTube to release the first episode of their new web-series titled “Breaking Bread.” Like the name implies, the series will revolve around dinner conversations, with most of the participants being artists, activists, educators, students, and others involved in the black community. In episode 1, Reggie Reg, Toki Wright, I Self Devine, Professors Mahmoud El-Kati & Dion Crushshon, as well as Nick Muhammed; all engage in a conversation that touches on white supremacy and America’s current state in comparison with previous eras. How far have we really come? This is a question that is explored in the visual above, check it out and make sure to stay tuned for episode 2.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Saturday, March 28th @ 9PM
Toki Wright will be holding his B-Day celebration at the Cabooze this Saturday. The lineup for this one is stacked with performances from Toki & Big Cats, New Sound Underground, Audiyo Element, Freez, and Tory Envy, while DJ Keezy & DJ Willie Shu provide the sounds. The event is 18+ and advance tickets are only $10 ($15 @ Door), a steal for anyone looking to indulge in the local scene. Tickets are available now, click the link below to grab yours now.
Earlier today, Toki Wright dropped an unreleased track from his vault titled, “I’m Not Lying”, for all of our listening pleasure. Produced by the highly esteemed Lazerbeak, “I’m Not Lying” features an instrumental that only true MCs know how to command. It’s hard to believe that this track is nearly 3 years old, a gem that Toki’s been holding on to for quite some time. Not much room for any BS on this record, Toki goes in with his lyrical prowess providing substance for the listener to think about. Another solid record from one of Minneapolis’ best, check out “I’m Not Lying” above and stay tuned for more.
Location: 1308 4th Street SE, Minneapolis When: Saturday, January 10th @ 7:30PM
The spotlight shined brightly over Lizzo throughout all of 2014 as she continues to maintain the top seat in Minneapolis’ booming music scene. From Time Magazine to BBC Radio to Letterman, Lizzo’s accolades keep piling up and for good reason. In a few days, she’ll perform her first solo show since Rock the Garden alongside Toki Wright & Big Cats, rounding out what should be an excellent event. Minneapolis based foundation To the Bridge is presenting the show with all proceeds benefiting those in recovery to help maintain their sobriety. A great event for a great cause, this one’s 18+ and tickets are available now for $20, click the link and cop yours before they sell out.
By Spring, rumors about the Pangaea album were already swirling as singles began to leak from within Toki and Big Cat’s vault. The above track “Echinacea” dropped like a bomb, instantly creating a bigger blip on the radar for their upcoming album. An early glimpse at what was to come, this track is still one of our favorites; check it out above.
For #3 on our list of the “Top 14 Albums of 2014”, we’ve selected Toki Wright and Big Cats’ album Pangaea. Back in September, the buzz for the project was absolutely through the roof, with great performances from Toki and his band all throughout the summer. I remember receiving this project a week before it’s release date, the first time I pressed play I listened to it in it’s entirety, this RARELY happens. By the time I was half way through, I was already pondering the idea of Pangaea as 2014’s top album. Everything about this project is great, the production, the overall message, the vibe, the lyrics, the vocals, and especially it’s ability to translate so well in a live context. Toki Wright & Big Cats were already highly esteemed, but the release of this project further solidified both artists. After selling out Icehouse for Pangaea’s official release party, one couldn’t help but feel like they’d witnessed history. As we enter our top 3, keep in mind that this could have easily been #1; check out Pangaea below and be on the look out for more.