The Cedar and the Minnesota Music Coalition Present
MAYDA and VENUS DEMARS with Ingeborg von Agassiz
Friday, June 29, 2018 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
This is a standing show with an open floor. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Join us for a special concert featuring Minnesota's most dynamic female voices, including internationally recognized R&B/pop talent Mayda, pioneering transgender rocker Venus DeMars and Duluth electronic/folk/pop artist Ingeborg von Agassiz. Presented by the Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) as part of its 2018 MN Music Summit, this event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Mayda is a young yet seasoned Korean Adoptee multi-musician/artist/producer from the land of 10,000 Lakes. “Her R&B-infused pop is undeniably fresh, as she swings between pared-down acoustic struts, full-band funkadelic blasts, and electronic drumbeats and synth flourishes that would make the Purple One proud. The result is a slick, expansive, and evolving pop sound, aided in part by producer and mentor Michael Bland (who drummed with Prince in the early ’90s and currently plays with Nick Jonas), whose Sonic Matrimony Collective label released Mayda’s first full-length, The Interrogation, last year. The prolific young soul singer is just beginning her journey, but it’s hard not to anticipate big things from the petite yet larger-than-life pop songstress.” -Andrea Swensson, The Current
Mayda’s music has been featured locally as well as internationally. Numerous of Mayda’s songs have been on Rachael Ray show, Good Morning America, KFC youtube, Reebok Seoul commercials, Jersey Shore, and cable networks such as Showtime and MTV.
Veteran punk rocker and leader of the band All the Pretty Horses, Venus DeMars has been a powerful force in the Twin Cities music scene for more than 20 years. A keynote speaker at this year's MN Music Summit in April, DeMars talked about her journey as a touring transgender artist and read from her upcoming memoir Trouble, a glam-punk/trans-rock love story.
According to The Current's Andrea Swensson, DeMars' latest album Flesh and Wire "might be de Mars’ most revealing work yet. With only an acoustic guitar and a few scuffling, subtle background rhythms standing between her and her listeners, de Mars is shining a spotlight on her big, booming, three-octave range voice and introspective lyrics in a way she’s never done before. The new album was recorded in her hometown of Duluth, Minnesota at the converted church Sacred Heart, and comes at the end of a harrowing year-and-a-half battle with the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the completion of the biggest tour of her career, opening for fellow transgender artist Laura Jane Grace and her band Against Me!"
Ingeborg von Agassiz has lived various lives: a songstress in bar halls, an accompanist in churches, a teacher of small children, and a painter, to name a few. In northern Minnesota, churches and bars define much of existence--where people go for answers, to celebrate life’s blessings, and to mourn life’s losses. Ingeborg’s music explores these ups and downs of life with the playfulness, curiosity, and confidence of a child. Raised as Emma Rustan in Oklee, Minnesota, a town of 400 people, she has since made her home in Duluth. The name Ingeborg von Agassiz celebrates her great grandmother for whom she was named and the region of the massive ancient glacial Lake Agassiz region she hails from. After a life of studying music, playing piano since she was a small child, and teaching students piano, voice, and guitar lessons as an adult, she began writing songs in earnest in 2012. She started recording herself with a minimal setup at home, building catchy and deceptively simple arrangements of songs, influenced by songwriters as far-spanning as SIA and Moondog. Expanding her home engineering into a live one-woman band, she performs using an impressive array of keyboards, loopers, and samplers. Her performance turned heads in Duluth. “Seemingly out of nowhere,” wrote the Duluth Tribune, “an artist going by ‘Ingeborg von Agassiz’ started booking shows around Duluth and wowed audiences with fully formed songs and a unique stage appearance.” She released her debut album, O Giver of Dreams, on March 1.