Dessa books largest headlining gig ever at O'Shaughnessy

Fresh off an enlightening presentation at the recent Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Dessa is planning a grand return to her far more familiar role as entertainer with her largest headlining concert to date, as well as her first solo local show of 2012. On April 20, Dessa and a stellar cast of local musicians will surely fill the lovely 1,800 seat O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University with their stirring songs, some of which will be collaborative tracks written solely for this performance.

Dessa has asked Jeremy Messersmith and Cecil Otter to debut a collaborative song specifically for this show, as will Aby Wolf and Alexei Moon Casselle, and Black Blondie and local gospel singer Robert Robinson. And that's in addition to a full set of songs from Dessa and her trusty, top-notch band featuring Sean McPherson, Dustin Kiel, Joey Van Phillips, and Aby Wolf. Add to the mix a sure to be stunning visual accompaniment crafted by the acclaimed theatrical artistic director Michael Sommers, and this has all the makings of yet another special local performance from Dessa and her renowned friends.

Tickets to this all-ages performance are currently available here, and run $17 for the general public, with a discounted rate of $12 for students. Not bad for what is sure to be a compelling show filled with many live debuts and intriguing first-time collaborations. Dessa, who is also hosting in addition to curating the event, will be fresh off a lengthy, and immensely successful, U.S. tour with her Doomtree cohorts, and this show will allow her to shine more light on the wonderful collection of songs that were featured on A Badly Broken Code and its companion piece Castor, The Twin.

Dessa is hoping that the regal locale of the performance and her distinguished collection of musical guests will offset the fact that the show is indeed planned for 4/20, but she does encourage her fans to show up "with gusto," so take that how you will. No matter what your mindset is coming into the show, this should prove to be a terrific evening filled with a smooth blend of creative sights and sounds, and surely is not to be missed.

Critic's Notebook:

Getting There: If 4/20 really does border on a religious holiday for you, definitely let someone else drive.

What To Expect: In addition to the sure to be exceptional planned collaborations, don't be surprised if the full group of talented musicians assembled in the theater come together for some choice covers or exploratory, improvisational material.

But Keep In Mind: Just because the show is set in a theater doesn't mean that you should sit on your hands and remain quiet. It is a live concert after all, and I'm sure Dessa and her friends want the crowd to be into it and clearly enjoying themselves.

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