Peace and Love Twin Cities! The Avant Garde is back with a concert that is appealingly different and super unique! With the weather getting warmer it's perfect timing for this one! Are you ready for an amazing outdoor event on a hot beautiful Spring afternoon? Yeah, I am to! We all deserve the relief after getting through the winter. After bringing you The Avant Garde Launch Party and Ashley DuBose's album release party (Both sold out classics) our next event will be "Como Dockside Presents : The Avant Garde" on Saturday, May 23rd as a special edition of St. Paul's historical "Music In The Park" series! It will be held at the newly revitalized and remodeled Como Dockside Lakeside Pavillion! This venue is a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor covered open air band shell with gorgeous pillars right off the lake! It will be an all ages event as well. This event you can bring a date to, your spouse, your family, your friends, the children, etc. It's going to be a great time for the whole Twin Cities community!
This experience is going to be ALL the way live (Promises are all on me)! Performers will be an all-star cast of 4 sizzling hot Twin Cities artists who are richly soulful and seriously on the move (You would want to catch ALL of their entire sets! They are that good!) If you've been to an event presented by The Avant Garde then you already know how live we keep it! This will DEFINITELY carry on that tradition. Mark your calendars my people, this is going to be what a truly amazing time is all about!
-Taylor Johnson (Proper-T)
-Kortland Jeray Jackson / (Kortland Jeray)
-Aleesha Clomon (from The Not Guilty Band)
Musical Director: Ryan Bynum
Live painting by: Ron Brown
Hosted By: Niles
Location: Como Lakeside Pavillion
Tickets: $10 Advance/$15 Door
Doors : 6pm / Show starts at 6:45pm
Tickets are available online NOW at http://www.ticketfly.com/event/835197
Plus, tickets are being sold at:
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
More Information about the Performers:
Cassandra Telae is a born and bred Minnesotan, currently residing in Minneapolis. Her diverse background and experiences have shaped her musical abilities. Growing up, Cassandra gained inspiration from her mother's record collection--from Donny Hathaway to Carole King--which is reflective in her own eclectic vocal stylings. Cassandra believes that her music is meant to heal and bring love to those around her. Classically trained, she uses her voice to paint a unique picture and expresses her emotions through the lyrics she writes. Ms. Telae is currently working on a solo music project and pursuing her Bachelor's degree in music education at the University of Minnesota.
Proper-T (Taylor Johnson) is an artist who lives and breathes his craft, day in and day out. For him, this is the definition of 'soul'. In this sense, he continues to morph with the times and is currently in an extremely activated and spiritual state with his output. As a soldier on the front lines of the fight to preserve pure, bold, and unapologetic artistry, he performs and works overtime in Minneapolis to expose the power of music. In a time where the enemy grows stronger and aims to take legitimacy away from artists by using them as pawns for his plans, Proper-T works intentionally and precisely, yet cautiously to strengthen all creatives, and expose rats who lack substance and pimp the craft. Art is more than simple entertainment. During his time in Minneapolis, he has worked not only as a performer, but band leader, producer, writer, and counselor for many other soldiers in a city that prides itself on strong art. One of his main projects is ZuluZuluu, which has opened for national acts including SZA. They also headlined First Avenue's 'Best New Bands' show in January. Check your local listings for more great upcoming shows they have in the near future. He also leads The Sol Flower Collective, a fluid project that acts as a platform for artists who desire to grow and gain organic exposure while also strengthening their craft. The Collective has spawned some great local artists, and is working with a new wave of them. Artists need the support of other artists. In its second year, it is progressing into a prominent band that has some amazing events coming up. Check for those as in your local listings well. The Collective also has a weekly slot at a new and quickly growing venue in downtown Minneapolis called Scratch. He himself will be traveling with Caroline Smith for his first tour, playing rhodes and organ. Finally, the release of his 3 part project '3Dimensional' is right around the corner. The first volume is a piano/voice live recording of songs he has been writing and cultivating during his experience in Minneapolis.Things are blooming in the world around Proper-T, and his eyes are being opened to deeper aspects of this artistic world. That, of course, means the stakes are getting higher.
His voice is unique -- unlike any you've ever heard. He belts out notes with the same ease that most of us breathe. He effortlessly climbs the musical scale as if he was born to sing, which in many ways, he was.
Meet Kortland Jeray. KO to his fans. And like many other great vocalists, Kortland grew up singing in the church. In fact, his entire family sings. It's a talent that's earned his mother a nomination for an Academy Award ("Calling You," Baghdad Café) and one of his uncles three Grammys (Sounds of Blackness). Yet there was no pressure for Kortland to continue the family business. It's simply a path he chose on his own. Kortland offers a glimpse into the world of KO in every song. "It's just me meeting your ear and you loving it!" He's just genuine with genuinely great music that's relatable to the audience. "That's the only type of music I'm going to write for the rest of my life, so hopefully my music lasts a long time."
Soulful and sultry, singer and vocalist Aleesha Clomon is a rising star on the Twin Cities music scene. Discovering her voice at the tender age of five in her church choir, she further honed her skills with the encouragement of her father and the instruction of the High School for Recording Arts and The Perpich Center for Arts Education. Now, Aleesha has already worked with some of the top musicians in the Twin Cities including Ray Covington, Dan Kusz, Mario Dawson, Art Haynes, and Kathleen Johnson as well as being a first-call studio vocalist for other local artists. She has performed the national anthem at the state capitol and her original material at the Executive Leadership Council's national conference in Washington, DC. Nationally she has worked with Les McCann, Delfeayo Marsalis, and John Legend