‘One Day in July’ Festival featuring Guante + Brother Ali

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A Street Festival for the Working Class. Remembering 1934–When Minneapolis Became a Union Town. Saturday, July 25, 7th Av N & 3rd St N, Minneapolis Warehouse District

Union activists. “One Day in July” street festival will highlight union courage, culture and sacrifices through music and history.

Youthful supporters of the struggles of union labor will gather again at a street festival and concert they are calling a “counter-Aquatennial” in the Minneapolis Warehouse District on Saturday, July 25 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic 1934 Teamster strikes. Headlining the event is famed Minneapolis Hip Hop artist Brother Ali, joined by other volunteer local performers including El Guante, City on the Make, Two Tone Runts, Brass Kings, Mic Crensha, Ellis and Best Bitch in Show.

The festival site at 7th Ave N and 3rd St N is one block away from an intersection where Minneapolis police gunned down 67 strikers on Friday July 20, 1934. Two strikers died of their wounds. “We will never forget the sacrifices the strikers made,” says Jim McGuire, coordinator of the festival and a union shop steward. “After the strike was won, Minneapolis became one of the strongest union cities in the country. We have been benefiting ever since.” “We call our One Day In July celebration the counter-Aquatennial,” McGuire says. “The Minneapolis Aquatennial was created in 1940 by business interests concerned about the tens of thousands of working people who flocked to annual summer picnics organized by the Teamsters union, heard pro-labor speeches and celebrated union culture. At One Day in July, we take back our working class history, culture and traditions.”

Over 1,000 attended the first One Day In July celebration in 2004 on the 70th anniversary of the Teamster labor battles. Headlined by The Strike, City Pages named it “Best Street Festival of 2004.” Organizers expect a larger attendance this summer as a devastating economic crisis creates a renewed interest in unions on the part of younger workers.

Join us in the warehouse district for music and memories on the anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis truckers strike and the bloody police riot that caused the death of two strikers and the wounding of 65 more. Food and beverage vendors * Exhibits * Information. Honor the working class heroes of yesterday and today! “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

Summertime Hip Hip BBQ Jam for the World Release Party

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Tru Ruts presents
“Summertime Hip Hop BBQ Jam for the World”

It’s July in the Twin Cities.  As much as we all love our homegrown hip hop dark, brooding and occasionally depressing, sometimes it’s healthy to just grab a drink, light up the grill and celebrate.  And SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, the St. Paul native, Chicago transplant and current Minneapolis resident, will be providing the soundtrack to many a summertime celebration with his new single, “Summertime Hip Hop BBQ Jam for the World.”

Featuring the bouncy, immediately catchy title track, the single also boasts three bonus songs: the dub-pop anti-love-letter “Crumbs in My Butter,” monster hip hop banger “Positive,” and funky, multilayered instrumental track “Brief Suspension (of Disbelief).”  See More’s infectious energy, machine-gun flow and upbeat humanism tie the songs together, though guest spots from Chicago’s vibrant indie hip hop scene add their own distinctive flavors to the mix.

The single will be officially released on July 28th, with a release party on Friday, July 31 at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis.  The show, featuring Toki Wright, Maria Isa, Guante & Big Cats!, Chicago’s DJ Itchie Fingers and See More himself, will be a barbeque with free food all night long.  Great music, great food and a great time: summer in the Twin Cities is a beautiful thing.

Friday, July 31 2009 at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis. Tru Ruts presents: SUMMERTIME HIP HOP BBQ JAM FOR THE WORLD Release Party featuring See More Perspective • Guante + Big Cats! • Maria Isa • Toki Wright, plus DJ Itchie Fingers (Chicago). 7pm BBQ Kicks Off + DJ  •  9pm Performances. $7; 21+.

Tru Ruts announces The Shadow + Light Tour

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The Shadow & Light Tour
featuring Chastity Brown & Matt Urmy
Summer 2009

Singer/songwriters, Chastity Brown (MN) and Matt Urmy (TN) are teaming up on a tour stretching from Tennessee to North Carolina and Kentucky, in the American south. Stripped of heavy armor, their performances are a vibrant acoustic pot-liqour. Blending bluegrass, folk, and soul, both carry the robust spirit of the best in the tradition, exemplifying the same passion on stage that is embodied in their lives.  Chastity Brown has been called “…a roots soul singer of the first order” and Umry is a storyteller, poet and musician.  Considered one of the most exciting artists to hit the Minneapolis music scene, Brown recently returned from a short tour of the East Coast, including New York City, Vermont and New Hampshire, and is steadily building a loyal following with an alluring tendency to turn heads and hold audiences captive. Noted for the ‘constant song’ of his poetry, Umry has been called ‘a great live renderer of it all’. He tours consistently throughout the South, often leaving a wave of inspired fans. Both artists are at the height of their artistry and are currently performing to sold out houses in their own states. Together, Chastity Brown and Matt Urmy’s energy combined with their artistry is infectious!

The tour dates are between July 24th and August 4th and include the following locations:

July 24: 8pm at The Catalyst • 125 East Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915
July 25: 8pm at The Acoustic Coffeehouse • 415 West Walnut Street, Johnson City, TN 37601
July 26: 8pm at the Bobo Gallery • 22 Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
July 27: 8pm at Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar • 230 East Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
August 1: 9pm at JJ’s Bohemia • 231 East MLK Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403
August 3: Noon at Blue Plate Special WDVX Radio featuring Matt Urmy • 89.9fm / 102.9fm / wdvx.com • Knoxville, TN
August 4: Noon at Blue Plate Special WDVX Radio featuring Chastity Brown • 89.9fm / 102.9fm / wdvx.com• Knoxville, TN

Chastity Brown: Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Brown dabbles in soul, blues, gospel and even bluegrass and, quite often, brings to mind a 21st-century version of Nina Simone. She benefits from a steadfast fan base and following in the Twin Cities.

Matt Urmy: Born in New York City, but raised in Tennessee, Matt Urmy walks in the footsteps of many traditions. A troubadour performer and composer, he has two independent album releases, with the third due out in July 2009, and a published book of poetry. At his performances he weaves spoken word poetry into his folk-blues style of storytelling and singing.

For more information contact: info@truruts.com or press.truruts@gmail.com.

New ‘Harry Potter’ Track


Guante & Big Cats! featuring Chantz

To Download Track Directly to Your Computer: LINK HERE

To Listen to Track and Download:

Harry Potter (Remix) by Guante + Big Cats! (featuring Chantz)

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents a FREE download of the remixed/re-worked “Harry Potter,” a song that finds emcees Guante and Chantz using the book/film series as a metaphor for smashing down the walls of the literary/musical/artistic canon.  Over a brooding, propulsive Big Cats! beat, the two rappers touch on hip hop, culture and much more, all the while dropping punchlines that play off of the book’s many characters and ideas.  Fresh off their appearance at Soundset ’09, Guante & Big Cats! are dropping this song for free as an appetizer to their upcoming zombie-superhero-love-story, the concept album “An Unwelcome Guest.”

Above the Fold called Guante & Big Cats! the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming MC and producer, respectively. Their first release as a duo, a seven-track EP was released through respected indie label Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records entitled “Start a Fire”. Guante is City Pages“Artists of the Year,” URB Magazine’s “Next 1000,” an Independent Music Awards nominee and a CMJ Spotlight Artist for 2009. Producer Big Cats!, fresh off of producing Sage Francis’ “Black Out on White Night,” as well as his own critically-acclaimed instrumental hip hop album “Sleep Tapes,” is in top form as well. His production is melancholy, multi-layered and cinematic; a definite stylistic departure from the standard TC hip hop sound. At only seventeen, rising emcee, Chantz, has shared the stage with such noted artists as MC Lyte, Naughty by Nature, I Self Devine, Brother Ali, One Be Lo, Invincible and more. He recently signed with Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records, and will be releasing his second album this Summer/Fall.