Over the last quarter-century, McNally Smith College of Music has equipped thousands of students with the tools to thrive in all facets of the music industry. Now, the school aims to celebrate some of its success stories with Playback — a brand new, alumni-centric concert series.
For the inaugural edition of Playback on Tuesday, November 13, McNally Smith has tapped accomplished singer/songwriter/soulstress Alison Scott (class of 2004, Music Business/Vocal Performance) to return to her alma mater and deliver an intimate performance in the school’s auditorium — not only for the McNally Smith community, but for the greater public as well (admission is $10 at the door; free for students, faculty and alumni).
Scott’s releases have sold over 10,000 copies and she has averaged over 100 performances each of the last few years, including high-profile support slots for the likes of Bon Jovi and Boz Scaggs, and a running streak of over a dozen sold out headlining dates at the venerable Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.
“If I hadn’t gone to McNally Smith, I don’t think I’d be doing music for a living, says Scott. “Nobody’s going to come rescue you and discover you and hand you your dream in a box. I left with so much material to show people and market myself; I just felt really supported the whole time I was there.”
Scott won’t be the only alum making a triumphant McNally Smith homecoming. Secret Stash Records (recently named “Best Twin Cities Record Label” by Minnesota Monthly) founders Eric Foss (2007, Music Business/Percussion Performance) and Cory Wong (Guitar Performance), will be lending their impeccable tastes and DJ expertise during a pre-show cocktail mixer from 6–7 p.m.
Joining Scott on stage at 7 p.m. will be heralded hip-hop emcee Danami (2011, Music Business) and multi-instrumentalist/impresario Ben Kelly (2011, Bass Guitar Performance). Also making guest appearances will be McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers and The Honeydogs’ front man Adam Levy.
Stay tuned for future Playback concert events! The McNally Smith Auditorium is located next to the History Theatre, with a convenient entrance near the corner of East 10th Street and Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul (view map.)
What they’re saying about Alison Scott:
”She’s got pipes, personality, and an undeniable soulfulness.” —Jon Bream (MN Star Tribune)
“Like an outtake from Dusty in Memphis, pure jaw dropping soul, steely conviction that’s hard to deny.” — Ross Raihala (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
”Somewhere between Carole King and Alicia Keys… a force to be reckoned with.” — John Ziegler (Duluth Tribune)
What they’re saying about Secret Stash Records:
“The young, Surly-drinking ethnomusicologists of Secret Stash are the Indiana Joneses of the record business, indefatigable in their pursuit of lost musical treasure. Since 2009, they’ve unearthed rare old funk, soul, and reggae from around the world; recorded folk musicians in Peru; and, in September, released an album of classic Twin Cities R&B, prompting the mayors of both cities to declare “Twin Cities Funk & Soul Week.” They release the vintage stuff on vinyl, sometimes with sleeve art by local screenprinters Burlesque of North America. Dust off your turntable and revel in your newfound hipness.”– The Twin Cities’ Greatest Hits 2012 (Minnesota Monthly)
MSCM Presents “Playback”
Thursday, November 13 at the McNally Smith Auditorium
6 p.m. Founders of Secret Stash Records DJ cocktail/appetizer mixer
7 p.m. Featured Event featuring Alison Scott with Danami, Ben Kelly and more
Admission: $10 for public, FREE for students, alumni, faculty and staff
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