Guante, e.g. bailey + Sha Cage at Fong Lee Benefit Concert

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Saturday, October 3rd, 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30)
Kagin Commons at Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

Featuring performances by Magnetic North (NY), Nomi of Power Struggle (Bay Area), Michelle Myers of Yellow Rage (Philadelphia), Maria Isa, Blackbird Elements, Guante, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, e.g. bailey, Tou SaiKo Lee with PosNoSys, True Mutiny, Shá Cage, Kevin Xiong with Pada Lor, Tish Jones, Maipacher, Logan Moua, Bobby Wilson, Poetic Assassins, Hilltribe, and special guests. Tou Ger Xiong and Amy Hang will emcee and DJ Nak will be on the one’s and two’s. $5-$10 suggested donation.  All proceeds go towards legal costs for the Family of Fong Lee.

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+.

Lightning + Thunder Concert DVD (Spring/Summer 2009)

“This is music to live, love and laugh to…” (Jordan Selbo)

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records + Smokesignyl Productions join forces once again to release the LIGHTNING + THUNDER (VOLUME ONE) CONCERT DVD, documenting the historic concert at Varsity Theater. The concert showcases live performances from the first reggaeton compilation in Minnesota. The album features over 20 musical luminaries of the Twin Cities, including Maria Isa, Prince Jabba, The Kamillion, Truthmaze, St. Paul Slim, Don Xaba + Backup Plomo, Innocent, Pee Wee Dread (Dread I Dread), Unicus, members of Leroy Smokes and more.

The album and the concert received critical praise from press and fans alike. Noting the album as a ‘striking first for reggaeton’, Chris Riemenschneider, of the Star Tribune writes, “Just as lightning arrives before thunder, the reggaeton craze that flashed through Twin Cities nightclubs a couple years ago is now being rolled into something unique by local musicmakers.”

Don’t miss the film document of what City Pages calls ‘…the first TC musical renaissance of the 21st century.” The Lightning + Thunder Concert DVD will be released in the Spring of 2009. The release will also include a remix version of the original Lightning + Thunder (Volume One) album. The second volume of Lightning + Thunder, currently in production, will be released in the Fall of 2009.

From funk to hip hop to reggae and beyond, producer and trumpeter Kyle “HighStyleKyle” Borchert has left his mark on the Twin Cities’ musical landscape. Best known for his work in the award-winning hip hop band Leroy Smokes, Borchert has also worked with such Midwest luminaries as Atmosphere, I Self Divine, Black Blondie, Maria Isa, Kanser, Buss One and many others. Working with Leroy Smokes as both a producer and instrumentalist, Borchert has backed up Bobby Brown, Rhymefest, Golden, Truthmaze, Maria Isa, Omaur Bliss, Slug and many others, all while doing his part performing and helping compose the band’s eclectic, genre-defying original material.

Tru Ruts Endeavors is a multi-disciplinary artistic enterprise ranging from a record label, theatre productions, a radio series, visual art exhibits and film productions. It has been a major innovator + trailblazer in the Twin Cities often producing shows to sold out audiences and critical acclaim.

The Common Past – Quilombolas



DEBUT ALBUM from Global Fusion Group QUILOMBOLAS

March 3rd marks the official release of, The Common Past, the long awaited debut album of global fusion group, Quilomobolas, and the 10th album release from innovative underground record label, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records. Called ‘the auditory equivalent of a really tasty fusion restaurant’, the multilingual band melds Afro-Brazilian, Rock, World Beat, Afro-Funk and Hip Hop sounds. Appreciated for the new sound they’ve brought to the Minneapolis scene, critics have called them “…as intriguing a trio as you’re apt to come by for quite a while. These guys are serious to the bone with cold-blooded chops. Their groove has a Band of Gypsys feel – sharp, elemental funk with wizened, coat-pulling lyrics.” (Dwight Hobbes).

Members of the group share a diasporic background that includes Brazilian, African American and Israeli ancestry. Shelia Regan, of the Twin Cities Daily Planet, writes, “True to the spirit of their name, the Minneapolis band Quilombolas have a sense of defiance, and also a sense of freedom. The band’s style is passionate, satirical, and very entertaining. Blending Brazilian rhythms, hip-hop, Israeli melodies, and funk, Quilombolas create a unique sound with smart lyrics and a danceable beat.” Lead singer, Eric Silva Berimba comments, “Quilombolas’ music is about blending, mixture, and harmony. It is music that doesn’t conveniently fit into one particular genre, but fuses many styles. A musical feijoada or jambalaya.”

The album co-produced by Paul Harding, of Near and Far Records, features performances by Maria Isa (Sota Rico) and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria (Palabristas). Reminiscent of albums of the 60s and 70s, mixing musicality with a message, with a new twist for a new time, the album doesn’t pull any punches in its lyrics. Berimba comments, “Lyrics for ‘Quero a Paz’ were written in a cemetery in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2003 shortly before attacks on Iraq began. An eerie premonition of things to come…There’s still plenty of work to do regarding liberty and equality for all but making politically conscious multilingual music is the vision behind the work.” Tru Ruts label exec, e.g. bailey, adds “With it’s melding of varied traditions and cultures, the essence of Quilombolas and it’s music is the striving for a more humane world.”

Celebrating the global legacy of unity and diversity, Quilombolas is ready to make its mark with this first offering. It’s sure to draw fans of established acts such as Ozomatli, Michael Franti, Manu Chao, Kassin+2, Chico Science, Nação Zumbi and others. Rob Van Alstyne writes, “…the global pop mash up masters in local outfit Quilombolas blend funky horns, traditional Latin American rhythms and hip hop into a worldly mixture of sounds that’s hard to neatly categorize but easy to enjoy and certain to appeal to fans of similarly ambitious groups like Ozomatli.” The album is available at Electric Fetus, Cheapos, Fifth Element, CD Baby and directly from Tru Ruts at

Rock inspired-Global music ensemble, Quilombolas, has been steadily building an audience over the last several years, and has been featured at the Twin Cities’ Afrifest, the Earthfusion Festival, on Fox 9 Morning News, in addition to collaborating with noted Twin Cities artists including Maria Isa, Truthmaze, e.g. bailey, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, and others. They recently featured at the Mid American Music Festival, the Ripple Effect festival and Vive Minnesota! El Festival, in addition to opening for PM Dawn.

For more information, see, Interviews, booking inquiries or promotional copies can be directed to Tru Ruts at or 612-288-9491.