For the Love is as much a love declaration to St. Paul as it is to local hip-hop. It’s a celebration of both communities, and it makes that love clear with a no-cover-charge approach that spans Union Depot, Bedlam Theatre, and Black Dog Coffee and Wine.
Now in its second year, the festival brings free live hip-hop to St. Paul, including a headlining set by a Kanser, celebrating their 20th anniversary. Other artists include Ashley DuBose, Greg Grease, Maria Isa, Muja Messiah, Big Jess/Big Wiz, Baby Shel, and more.
The festival is split up across three venues, with special DJ sets, a “Shorty Stage” with hip-hop tips and tricks in mind, and showcases on graffiti, emceeing, dancing, and more. This year’s lineup emphasizes women, with 13 female artists scheduled and another 20 performing various hosting duties.
Created and organized by Amber "Ace" Cleveland, For the Love is set in the booming Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul. The area is transforming into an entertainment hub with the arrival of the Green Line light rail and the St. Paul Saints' new CHS Field. Free Metro Transit rides are available going to and from the festival.
Want a sampling of Twin Cities hip-hop? There’s no better place than For the Love. It’s free, filled with local flavor, and intimate enough to highlight the community at large instead of just the acts on the stage.
Kanser crew (20th anniversary)
Big Jess/Big Wiz