Festival Foods Presents Live on King Street with STRAND OF OAKS and Very Special Guest DESSA & FEVER MARLENE
▸ WHAT: Seven FREE outdoor concerts on Friday nights featuring nationally touring artists.
▸ WHERE: On King Street right in front of the Majestic.
▸ WHEN: Between June – September, 2017. See dates below! Artists will be announced between May 8 – May 15th.
▸ WHY: Because live music, summer, and beer were meant to be together. And more importantly, because we love you, Madison.
Hard Love, Tim Showalter’s latest release as Strand of Oaks, is a record that explores the balancing act between overindulgence and accountability. Recounting Showalter’s decadent tour experiences, his struggling marriage, and the near death of his younger brother, Hard Love emanates an unabashed, raw, and manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. “For me, there are always two forces at work: the side that’s constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and the side that’s naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It’s about finding a place where neither side is compromised, only elevated.”
During some much-needed downtime following the release of his previous album, Heal, Showalter began writing Hard Love and found himself in a now familiar pattern of tour exhaustion, chemically-induced flashbacks, and ongoing domestic turmoil. Drawing from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane’s Addiction, and informed by a particularly wild time at Australia’s Boogie Festival, he sought to create a record that would merge all of these influences while evoking something new and visceral. Showalter’s first attempt at recording the album led to an unsatisfying result-a fully recorded version of Hard Love that didn’t fully achieve the ambitious sounds he heard in his head. He realized that his vision for the album demanded collaboration, and enlisted producer Nicolas Vernhes, who helped push him into making the most fearless album of his career.
Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist with the Doomtree collective — the ascendant Minneapolis hip hop crew. She’s made the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (for Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (for All Hands). She’s made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations — she’s rapped at Lollapalooza, arranged for full choir, and co-written classical works for orchestra. As a writer, she’s contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, literary journals around the country, and has published two short collections of her own. She’s on tour now, with dates booked throughout the US and Central Europe.
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Live On King Street #2 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band – 7/14
Live On King Street #3 – Brother Ali – 7/28
Live On King Street #4 – 8/4
Live On King Street #5 – 8/18
Live On King Street #6 – 9/15
Live On King Street #7 – 10 Year Anniversary! – 9/29
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