In what they are promising will span into "weeks of action," the Occupy MN movement
keeps expanding its presence with events that stretch beyond the live-in outside the Hennepin County Government Plaza -- and for the first time this week, some of the demonstrations will involve free live music.
Don't worry, it's not Radiohead coming to cause a near-riot or Kanye West coming to stand around silently and awkwardly. For the local chapter of what's become a nationwide protest against Wall Street and greed, the musical performances will be strictly Minnesotan.
[jump] On Friday, October 14
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
, a lineup of mostly hip-hop artists will perform a free show in Peavey Plaza as a prelude to a "March to Save the American Dream," which will depart from Peavey Plaza at 3 p.m. and head toward the Wells Fargo Center (similar to a march that took place yesterday
). The daytime concert, organized by TakeAction Minnesota and the Twin Cities Arts Action Collective, will feature performances by Rhymesayers artist and activist Toki Wright
, Pandora's Box Cutter
, Thee Evil Creatures
, Karma the Oddest Goddess
, Rob Weekend
, Sean Anonymous (of Wide Eyes)
, and Earth Shake
On Sunday, October 16
, the demonstrations will move to south Minneapolis for a block party at Lake St. and 27th Ave. S., which will campaign for fair wages and worker's rights in the retail cleaning industry and is being organized by Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL). Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with speeches by local workers, followed by music from 3-7 p.m. with headliner Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü
, spoken word artist Guante
, Brass Kings
, and more.
Both events are open to the public, and as Minnesotans for a Fair Economy organizer Kevin Whelan puts it, "The price for both concerts is just right for the 99%....free."
Follow #mnfaireconomy, #fairmn, and #occupymn on Twitter for updates on these music-related events during the Occupy MN movement.