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Every Art Crawl deserves a soundtrack!

The popular annual Saint Paul Art Crawl ( just added a soundtrack to its regular showcase of Twin Cities Artists — The “SoundCrawl:  A Celebration of Twin Cities Music Makers,” April 23-24, 2010, in Lowertown St. Paul. The free event is hosted by McNally Smith College of Music, Minnesota Public Radio, and Timefog Recordings with fellow sponsors Summit Brewing, Artisan Vineyards and concert-site sponsors, The Black Dog and Studio Z. All events are free and open to the public.

The 12-hour music and art marathon mixes some of the finest visual artists in the area along with a wide range of musicians — from Laptop Marching Bands to brass and drum Marching Bands, plus, DJ’s , improvisers, jazz, rockers — you name it! (See full schedule below). The cultural mash-up hopes to expose fans of great Minnesota music to the abundance of acclaimed visual artists from the land of 10,000 artists and musicians — and vice versa.

For those not familiar with the Art Crawl, know that it’s one of the Twin Cities’ cultural highlights of the year! Its mission is to create an artist-run venue, which facilitates a mutually beneficial and meaningful interaction between the arts community and the public.  The St. Paul Art Collective/Saint Paul Art Crawl will be celebrating its 30th Art Crawl this year, making it one of the longest-running events of its kind in the nation. Run by the artists themselves, it  was developed out of a need for the artists who live and work in the Lowertown community to reach audiences for their art. The Saint Paul Art Crawl has always been free and open to all.

“We are excited by this new partnership between the  Art Crawl and McNally Smith College of Music. We hope to add a whole new level of experience and encourage the local music audience to experience the Art Crawl as hundreds of art lovers have done in previous years,” adds Robyn Priestley, Executive Director of the Saint Paul Art Crawl. “Given the diversity of musical performances and the diverse styles of the artists we present, we expect that audiences of all age backgrounds and tastes will be able to enjoy art and music in a whole new way.”

“The McNally Smith/MPR-sponsored SoundCrawl will create a multi-venue, 12-hour event that will celebrate the musical diversity of Minnesota, while also providing an important interaction between the arts community and the public,” notes Chris Osgood, Vice President of External Affairs at McNally Smith College of Music . “In partnership with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and MPR, the event will readily provide new audiences for the Art Crawl, and new audiences for our featured musicians. Each concert will be a collage experience featuring four-five different artists of varying backgrounds and styles.”

The SoundCrawl project grew out of discussions begun in 2009 by Chris Osgood and the music college’s faculty members, J. Anthony Allen, Producer of the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts ( 2003 – 2009) and Chris Cunningham, McNally Smith Composition and Songwriting Department Head. Other organizers included: JP Hungelmann, Founder and producer of the Spark Festival “Nightlife” programming,  DJ, Producer and founder of Timefog Recordings; Tony Bol: VP of Events, MPR; and Priestley of The St. Paul Art Crawl. Partners and sponsors are excited for this first event —and hope to make it an annual collaboration.

“One of the goals of the SoundCrawl + Saint Paul Art Crawl partnership is to build an annual event that celebrates the arts in a way bigger than each discipline can do alone,” explains Bol, Director of Live Programming and Events, Minnesota Public Radio. “The success of the Art Crawl in the past has proven to be a fantastic model that translates well into the music paradigm.”

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

6:30-7pm Parade
Downtown St. Paul, MSCM/MPR corner
Performers: “Laptopia” – The McNally Smith Laptop Marching Band

7:30 – 8:45pm: Concert 1
UBS Forum  Minnesota Public Radio, 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul
Performers: Jeremy Ylyvisaker, James Patrick of Timefog, Neverwas , Oliver Grudem (video artist), Jim Weiss (video artist)

9pm – 9: 45: Concert 2
Food and Music reception
McNally Smith Café, Third Floor, 19 Exchange Street East, St. Paul
Alec Ness and Chris Sexton, Jesse Pollock

10pm – Midnight: Concert 3
Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 4th and Broadway, Lowertown, St. Paul
Performers: Beatrix*JAR, Caly McMorrow

Midnight – Dawn: Concert 4 (21+)
Studio Z, Northwestern Building, 275 East 4th Street, St. Paul
Performers: Alec Ness & Chris Sexton, Keston and Westdal. James Patrick and Timefog, Oliver Grudem (video artist), Jim Weiss (video artist), Heckadecimal, DJ Centrific