Minnesota Sur Seine: French rap, jazz, Rhymesayers

class=img_thumbleft>Overlapping the

Sound Unseen

festival by a few days,

Minnesota Sur Seine

(Oct. 14 - 23)

kicks off

today, with a

full festival schedule

of transatlantic soul, funk, jazz, hip hop, and electronic music in various venues. The highlight this weekend is a rare performance by the live French-Minnesota hip-hop funk collaboration

Ursus Minor

at the

Triple Rock Social Club

(8:00 p.m. 629 Cedar Avenue, West Bank of Minneapolis, $15 at the door or $12 in advance) with nationally-known local rappers

Brother Ali



, as well as French hip-hoppers

D' de Kabal and Spike

(listen to their stuff


), all backed by an exceptional band featuring Stokley Williams (of

Mint Condition

) on drums and vocals, keyboardist-founder Tony Hymas, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson (Common, The Roots), saxophonist Francois Corneloup, and more. On Sunday, Corneloup performs with Dominique Pifarely (violin), Anthony Cox (bass), and the fantastic Denis Colin (bass clarinet) at 4:00 p.m. at the

Black Dog

(308 Prince St., St. Paul, MN 55101, $8), followed by an evening of electronic music performed by Benoit Delbecq, JT Bates , James Buckley, and Cepia at 8:00 p.m. at the

Soap Factory

, where the


exhibit continues (520 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, $8) All those

VIP clubbers

should spring for the

$100 Sur Seine pass

. This was a wonderful, and underattended, event last year.

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