Northrop Concerts & Lectures Announces Summer Music Festival at Northrop

Northrop Concerts & Lectures Announces Summer Music Festival at Northrop

Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota presents the Summer Music Festival at Northrop 2011 (SMFN). Previously called Summer at Northrop, SMFN is a free, outdoor summer concert series featuring well-known local musicians and DJs, alongside U of M student bands as a way to support emerging University talent. This edition of the festival comes with "new thinking, fresh ideas, and exciting directions," states Director of Northrop Concerts and Lectures, Ben Johnson. "It was important to make dramatic new changes to our festival format, and it started with inviting noted local musicIan Grant Cutler to be the Guest Artistic Director. Cutler (Gorgeous Lords, Lookbook), and an energetic Student Advisory Committee (a team of volunteer, motivated, music and PR savvy U of M students) curated the transformed series."

Musical Highlights include:

A major Friday evening concert called "Friday Night Live" featuring local hip hop superstar Sims (Doomtree) and Bight Club.
Three concerts in a Movies and Music Series pairing popular films and the hottest musical acts in the Twin Cities.
A special Noontime Concert Series of three concerts that features new and classic Summer Music Festival at Northrop artists.
Our first collaboration with First Avenue, bringing the ever popular DJ Sovietpanda (Too Much Love) to the campus mall featuring three noontime dance parties devoted to international dance, techno, and house music.
A Northrop commission of the kick-off event of the inaugural Northern Spark Festival by composer Chris Kallmyer called dawn or dusk // homeward featuring 100+ professional and amateur musicians.
A roster of noon time singer-songwriters on the St. Paul Campus featuring the best emerging talent from the U of M, presented by Student Unions & Activities.
An evening of spoken word/open mic by U of M student group Voices Merging.
Flash Mob Raucous and radical, yet talented, student musicians and performers take over central campus and the mall. Date TBD.
"I loved being a part of this festival, and working with students and connecting this festival with the vibrant music scene of the Twin Cities. This festival will feature some of my favorite artists working on their latest projects," say Cutler. The line-up is an eclectic taste of everything including hip-hop, dance music, singer-songwriter, folk, Latin, and spoken word, and is a combination of both noontime and evening shows.

Spanning across the months of June and July, the events of Summer Music Festival at Northrop (celebrating its 57th Anniversary), all take place on the Northrop Plaza, unless otherwise noted in the schedule. Times vary, depending on the performance. For more information, visit Northrop's website or call 612-625-6600.

Free food giveaways will be featured throughout the summer from University of Minnesota Dining Services, Jimmy Johns, and Qdoba, and raffles for area gift cards and other prizes-including an iPod Touch. Check the online schedule for specific dates and more information.

The University of Minnesota Farmers Market, located on Church Street, starts July 13 running every Wednesday throughout the summer from 11 am to 2 pm.

2011 New Programming & Line-up:

Friday Night Live
A blow-out event, featuring the hottest names in Twin Cities hip-hop with Sims from Doomtree and Bight Club.

Fri, July 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Northrop Plaza
Headliner: Sims
Opener: Bight Club

Featuring the clever unflinching raps of Andrew Sims, one of the voices from the well-known hip-hop collaborative in the Twin Cities, Doomtree. Having just released his second album Bad Time Zoo in February on Doomtree Records, Sims chronicles his "ongoing quest for solid understanding in a society on the brink of dystopia."

Bight Club MC Jeremy Nutzman and beat-smith Tony Rabiola bring their high-energy beats with influences from funk and both new and old hip-hop.

First Ave: TOO MUCH LOVE on Campus
Featuring beats from DJ Sovietpanda from this popular downtown dance party on the Northrop Plaza.

Wed, June 8, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Wed, June 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Wed, July 13, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

DJ Sovietpanda spins his trademark dance party Too Much Love right here on the U of M campus. Come and burn off some energy at this lunchtime dance party. Too Much Love dance party held Saturday nights at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis is thrown by resident DJ Sovietpanda, aka Peter Lansky, and features guest DJs from the Twin Cities and all over the world.

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