MN Express is a one bus, five musician, five city ten-day tour around the state of Minnesota. Touring artists of the program's inaugural year are all former participants of The Cedar's 416 Club Commissions Program. MN Express artists will build on their work created for their 416 Club Commissions and use each other as collaborators and musical support. The artists will perform scheduled, ticketed public concert events and impromptu pop-up gigs in and around schools, town squares, and other public spaces in Minnesota communities. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culture heritage fund.