It’s Dua Saleh’s fluidity of sound and form that makes them so enlivening. Their vocal range is elastic, floating from an elegant purr into an unvarnished, guttural growl, and then back again at a moment’s notice. Their writing can be dreamy, but more often plumbs the soul, pricking deep with a poet’s precision and showing the scars that remain. To listen to Dua Saleh is to hear, in real time, someone fight for the right to define themselves for themselves.
Run Westy Run
The “Westies”, as they soon became known, started out as an intensely chaotic, Stooge-y hard rock band, later evolving into a hard-to-define amalgam of indie, rock, roots, punk and funk, driven by a ferocious, lusty energy that infected any live audience they came in contact with. They've released 3 studio LPs and a handful of singles and EPs over the years but their enduring legacy has largely been defined by their reputation as one of finest live bands to ever come out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. After a 15 year hiatus, Run Westy Run returned to the action in late 2013 with a gala holiday show at First Ave. They finally issued a live album in 2014 that captured some of their live magic and released a digital EP in late 2017 that shows them evolving in new, exciting directions.
Still rocking local stages on a semi-regular basis, the current lineup of RWR consists of founding members Kraig & Kirk Johnson and Terry Fisher, supplemented by a crackerjack rhythm section of drummer-about-town Peter Anderson and bassist Paul McFarland. Anyone who has seen the Westies lately can attest that they're still as vital as ever, maybe even more so.
Nazeem & Spencer Joles
International Dance Performances
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
Traditional Aztec Dancing by
Somali Museum Dance Troupe
Calling all Volunteers!
THANK YOU to all our 2018 volunteers for making the inaugural year such a success. Check out all available shift times and responsibilities for this year's event!