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Opener: Early Eyes

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Mayo Park
30 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, Minnesota 55904


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On Sunday, July 16 (Week #2) at 7PM in Mayo ParkDESSA comes to #rochmn to perform at Think Mutual Bank's Down by the Riverside Free Concert Series! Media Sponsor: THE CURRENT

DESSA is a rapper, singer and essayist whom the Utne Reader calls, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” As a musician she tours as a solo artist and as a member of Doomtree, the innovative Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective. On stage she's funny and ferocious, but also tender—her live show includes rapid-fire rap songs, heartbreak ballads, catchy choruses, and some charismatic banter fueled by wit and whiskey. She’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and has made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations–rapping at Lollapalooza, arranging for full choir, and co-writing classical works for an orchestra. As a writer, she’s contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, literary journals around the country, has published two short collections of her own, and is currently at work on her first book-length collection of personal essays. Dessa also contributed a track to the Hamilton Mixtape (which reached #1 on the Billboard charts) She splits her time between Minneapolis and New York.

Early Eyes  became a band on October 3rd, 2016, as a temporary pop-up ensemble, before exploding on the internet and garnering a sizable local following almost instantly.  Drawing from all sorts of musical backgrounds, their songwriting abilities were worthy of winning The National Endowment of The Arts Songwriting Challenge.They are currently in the process of recording their official debut EP, “Minutes,"   splitting time between The Institute of Production and Recording in downtown Minneapolis and their dorm rooms in Middlebrook Hall. Early Eyes focus on community building, socially aware event organization and are gaining a lot of traction in The Midwest. In a recent interview with 89.3 The Current, Early Eyes said that they wanted their music to sound “Honest”  and that is exactly what they are, down to earth, talented, and honest.