Aida Shahghasemi / minneapolis
Aida Shahghasemi studied Psychology and Anthropology at University of Minnesota with a focus on the restrictions of the voices of female vocalists in Iran, where she was born and raised until the age of thirteen. She received her Masters degree from New York University in Art and Public Policy, exploring her interests in the intersection of art and socio-political movements. She has worked with different New York and Minnesota based social justice art organizations and has served as an assistant director at Hamline University's Making Waves Social Justice Theatre Troupe. She is a recipient of 2017 McKnight music fellowship.
Five Letter Word / portland
Though a new band, Five Letter Word consists of three seasoned musicians, including former members of the touring band Crow and the Canyon. The group has been described as “uniquely infectious” with “a mesmerizing symbiosis of harmonies, strings, and a variety of percussive techniques.” Five Letter Word takes the harmonic tradition of groups like the Wailin Jennys, the Dixie Chicks, the Avett Brothers, and the Wood Brothers, and add their own special flair to create “a delightful show, with a few unexpected twists.” Come see what surprises they have in store.
The Lacewings / minneapolis
The Lacewings are an acoustic duo drawing from deep roots of women’s folk music from Europe and North America. The duo imagines themselves in old shoes: folk music interwoven with stories of women working, learning together, and making a life through art. https://soundcloud.com/lacewings/bloodroot
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