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Secrets Presents: Jaydee Beat Batch Wars Featuring 16 Producers Battling Head-to-head in Honor of the Late, Great J Dilla

The annual Dilla Day celebrations are often some of the most fun parties to happen throughout the year, with locals around the country taking stages to pay homage to the late great producer. But when we heard that this year’s Dilla Day get together was going to be 16 producers like Empire X, Shylee, Dj Francisco, Dj Scipreme, Diggy from UP ROCK, and more having a top notch beat battle in the 7th St Entry with Niles hosting, we had to get on it and make sure our readers were looped in. Don’t wait on these tickets, they’ll go fast! Wednesday, Dec 14th, 8 PM. $8 advance, $10 door.

And we want to make sure a bunch of our readers are in attendance, so we’re giving away a bunch of tickets until the show—just reply to our email that you’re interested for a chance to win!


Makers + Bakers Brunch

Bakers + Makers Brunch

We’re featuring a special brunch menu made with ingredients from our neighbors at Baker’s Field Flour & Bread and Red Table Meat Co. from FOOD BUILDING. Think pancakes, french toast, gourmet egg sandwiches, sausage gravy & biscuits, Spyhouse Coffee, house made bloody mary’s and more! AND you can pick up packages of scones, bagels, spelt shortbread and salted rye chocolate cookies. Sunday, December 11th, 9 AM-1 PM. Reservations are not required.


Quick Q+A: Hannah von der Hoff

Regular readers know we’re big fans of chanteuse Hannah von der Hoff, a singer-songwriter who’s played everywhere from Icehouse to the Red Stag Supper Club to the Dakota, either solo or with The Dangertones backing her, and the Aster Cafe, where she’s also the booker. Now von der Hoff is putting her smokey stylings on an album, with a kickstarter kickoff party to launch the recording.

Before everything takes off, we quick checked in von der Hoff about the upcoming album, collaborator JT Bates, and booking bands.

Secrets of the City: Which Hannah von der Hoff should we get excited for on this album? Solo singer-songwriter? An appearance by The Dangertones? A new direction entirely?

Hannah von der Hoff: This will be an R&B/Soul meets Roots Rock record where I finally figured out how to let my guard down. Stoked. It’ll be like you went down a dirt road, found a smoky speakeasy and Jeff Buckley, Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes and Sade were in an orgy and getting in a brawl at the same time . . . or something like that.

It’s cool to see that creative jazz man and drummer extraordinaire JT Bates is co-producing—did that come from your Icehouse shows? Will he also play on the album?

Actually, JT Bates and I having been creatively courting for years—I met him back when Molly Maher & Erik Koskinen had a weekly residency at Aster Cafe on Wednesdays; it was hands down my favorite night to work. He came to a solo opening slot I had the Entry, and he approached me about working together afterward. I didn’t want to do this debut or the collaboration injustice so I waited until I felt ready. We’re set to record for early 2017!

What kind of swag are you thinking for the kickstarter? (We could use a HvdH patch, honestly.)

Thanks for the idea. Seriously. Killer vinyl. 200-limited deluxe edition handmade & signed CD’s. A private show where I cook you a batch of soup, or cookies. A session of life advice. Handwritten lyrics. A couple rounds of pool. And of course, stickers, amongst other things! The shirts and hats will come down the line. The kickstarter is still pending but hoping to get this thing launched in the coming week or so. Please stay tuned!

Has your work taking over the booking at the Aster help to hone in your music tastes? Or is that pretty much unrelated?

Its the other way around actually. I like all kinds of music because it falls in two categories, really: good vs bad. My musical taste informs the curation, but the goal is to achieve the trifecta of a successful show: happy artists who feel welcomed, valued by extension of hospitality and have a healthy check in their pocket at the end of the night, good music for hungry/thirsty guests to dine all their senses, and a staff who gets to pay the bills by way of a sweet show. If I went on taste alone, I wouldn’t be a good steward of the role—but it certainly is step one.


Midweek News & Notes: Keeping Up With The Classics

Since many of our readers don’t read anything else besides chalk board drink specials, we feel we should share some of the important-to-you stories being shared around the SotC virtual water cooler so that you’re properly briefed before your happy hour.

News: There’s already a lot of fresh challengers for next year’s MPLS City Council Races; Mayor Coleman won’t seek re-election.

Notes: We got sucked back in to elections when Nekima Levy-Pounds announced her run for MPLS mayor, and now we’re even more in with a whole list of progressive contenders for MPLS city council spots, including Keith Ellison’s son Jeremiah Ellison running for the Northside seat and some exciting potential with Jillia Pessenda running against Kevin Reich in Ward 1 in Northeast. Plus St. Easy mayor Chris Coleman won’t seek re-election in 2017, meaning it’s going to be a crazy town election cycle all over Twincy.

News: Walker’s new Esker Grove restaurant is getting a bunch of foodie buzz.

Notes: We get why: The interior of the new spot by Piccolo chef Doug Flicker looks sleek and minimalist, overlooks the sculpture garden (when it re-opens) and downtown, and has a menu “inspired by local farmers’ harvests and regional cheese artisans and protein purveyors”. It’s all a part of the massive, multi-million dollar redesign of the Art Center that kicked off last week.

News: Both the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra had really good years.

Notes: It’s a good time for classical music in Twincy. Regular readers know we’re big fans of the SPCO, and so are a lot of other folks—they had a record high number of attendees throughout the 2015-16 season. We can’t wait for their 2017 season. Similarly, the Minnesota Orchestra also met artistic and financial milestones, including increased subscribers, including smaller community subscribers, and their capacity at shows. Both groups have been doing forward-looking programming, and we hope that continues.


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