Entertainment

  • DJ Shannon Blowtorch

    Shannon Blowtorch is an award winning, DJ, promoter, professional party thrower, sound engineer, businesswoman, and entertainment consultant. She’s a DJ who was named by the City Pages and Star Tribune as being the Best Club DJ multiple times, as well as making the Suntimes top 100 DJs. She’s been featured in Curve magazine, and 100 woman we love in Go Magazine a few occasions. She currently has a weekly Saturday night show (at midnight) on MPR’s  89.3 The Current. She was the DJ for GRRRL PRTY and has opened for international acts: Salt N Peppa, Madonna, Juicy J, & Peaches to name a few. Also, playing at Prince’s Paisley Park and the house DJ for the X Games 2017, is now curating the infamous Dre Day celebration. Along with competing in the world renowned Red Bull The3style competition, Shannon Blowtorch is one of the hottest DJ in the Twin Cities. Known not only for her professionalism, but her eclectic music collections, and her incredible ability to read a crowd to keep the party bumping.

    Reader’s Choice 2017: Best Club DJ

  • Lady Midnight

    “At the crossroads of Sade, Portishead, and La Lupe, you’ll find Lady Midnight, the seductive, fierce, and soulful Astro-pop solo project of Adriana Rimpel.”

    “Her full-length debut is due in spring 2018 from Sound Vérité Records. “I’m excited for people to finally have something substantial, to really see what is the aesthetic and sound of Lady Midnight,” she says. -Erica Rivera, City Pages, Picked to Click 2017

    “Lady Midnight has developed her chops by playing in wide-ranging groups like the electro-pop trio VANDAAM and the horn-fueled Afro-Cuban band Malamanya. There’s never been a better time to take a closer look at this entrancing singer, however, as she emerges as a solo artist.” —Andrea Swensson, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio

    Lady Midnight (Adriana Rimpel) is a multidisciplinary vocalist, songwriter, artist, educator, and descendant of Afro and Indigenous healers, musicians, and activists against violence. Her work speaks to contemporary issues and the analysis of collective and individual traumas, providing space for reflection and healing.

    She started her professional career as lead vocalist for Afro-Cuban band Malamanya in 2010 with whom she released two EP’s, performed for television audiences and was featured in a mini-documentary series The Lowertown Line. While still performing with Malamanya she and two producers formed the group VANDAAM, an underground experimental electronic project from which the persona Lady Midnight, the cosmic healer, was created.

    Lady Midnight has spent less than two years performing as a solo artist but has garnered much local acknowledgment from press, radio, and cultural influencers as well as the national mention for her song “Wax Line”, listed on National Public Radio’s Heavy Rotation music blog. The song is the first release from her collaborative project with producer Afrokeys, formerly of Atmosphere, named Parables of Neptune due for release this summer 2017. As Lady Midnight, she has recorded with international touring artists Bon Iver, P.O.S., Brother Ali, and most recently opened for the Midwest hip-hop legends Atmosphere at the Palace Theater. She has dedicated her life to using the arts as a power for change and healing, which is not only reflected in her work with the community but her mesmerizing and ethereal stage performances. Lady Midnight is a unique artist blending the discipline of song, dance, fashion, and theatrics seamlessly on stage.

    In addition to her work as a vocalist, Adriana is also an arts educator with over 10 years of experience as the former Manager of Teen Programs for international contemporary art museum The Walker Art Center, artist-in-residence at arts non-profit for Kulture Klub Collaborative, program coordinator and sexual health instructor for Centro Cultural Chicano,
    and freelance instructor for the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Saint Paul Community Libraries and Rec Centers, and the University of Minnesota. For this work, she has spoken across the country on panels relating to the impact of the arts on young people and has contributed to national research projects on the subject published in partnership with The Whitney Museum, The Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She is currently teaching a songwriting and composition class for homeless youth at Kulture Klub Collaborative and Curatorial Assistant at Intermedia Arts an internationally recognized multidisciplinary, multicultural art center supporting communities of color, the LGBTQ community, and youth.

    City Pages Best of the Twin Cities 2017 Best Of Winner