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First-Ever “Hip-Hop Studies Mixer” Aims to Deliver Diverse Mix of Talent to McNally Smith

McNally Smith is excited to announce the first installment of a new monthly event conceived by the nation’s first-ever Hip-Hop Studies Diploma Program. The Hip-Hop Studies Mixer — to be launched on Friday, November 16th from 8–11 p.m. at McNally Smith’s own Sound Bite Café — seeks to assemble an eclectic mix of artists across multiple genres and styles, bringing together dance, visual art and music in a celebration of the great diversity of hip-hop culture.

For its highly-anticipated debut, the Hip-Hop Studies Mixer has tapped an array of the Twin Cities’ freshest and most exciting acts to provide a solid night of high-energy entertainment.

Bomba De Luz — the breakout story of the year in the local press  — will bring their unique blend of alternative folk-rock to the event. The group’s lead vocalist, Lydia Hoglund, is a graduate of McNally Smith’s Hip-Hop Summer Workshop and has continued to take classes at McNally Smith while finishing high school at St. Paul Central. The band’s clean sound, combined with the beautifully jagged cadence of Hoglund’s vocal delivery, embodies the level of influence hip-hop continues to have on all genres of music.

Bring your dancin’ shoes, because the Optimistic Breakdance Crew will also be in the house, executing their electric moves. Though members of the crew have conducted numerous workshops at the school, this will be their first official McNally Smith performance. Check out the recent City Pages cover article on breakdancing in the Twin Cities to learn more about the Optimistic Breakdance Crew and the Twin Cities’ greater breakdance scene.

A member of Get Cryphy, the Twin Cities’ leading “get stupid go dumb” DJ crew, will be throwing down a mix for the event as well. DJ Jimmy2Times (named City Pages’ Best Club DJ, 2009) has been gracing stages across the country for over a decade and has recently gained acclaim as an in-demand party DJ at events all over the Midwest.

McNally Smith is also proud to present the first feature set for one of its most recent students, Charlie Flo (aka Samuel Silva). Silva first attended McNally Smith as a Hip-Hop Summer Workshop student (2011) and has now returned as a Music Production and Music Performance major. Silva’s work can be heard on his Soundcloud page.

Keep your ear to the ground for future Hip-Hop Studies Mixers, and visit for more information regarding McNally Smith’s Hip-Hop Studies Program. Questions? Contact Sean McPherson at

McNally Smith’s Inaugural Hip-Hop Studies Mixer
Friday, November 16th, 8–11 p.m.
Sound Bite Café (third floor of McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange St. East, St. Paul, MN 55101)