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McNally Smith Introduces Speakeasy Series

McNally Smith College of Music is opening its doors and inviting the public to its gorgeous downtown St. Paul campus to take part in the brand new Speakeasy Series—four casual gatherings geared towards bringing the Twin Cities arts community a little bit closer together. Held on a Friday afternoon during each of the next four months, the Speakeasy Series boasts an eclectic mix of guest DJs from the Twin Cities arts community, including drummer extraordinaire JT Bates and 89.3 The Current Production Manager Derrick Stevens. In addition to impeccable playlists from these fantastic guests, Speakeasy attendees will be treated to complimentary coffee and wine in a laid back and hip environment. So grab a friend and come down, unwind and spend some quality time with your creative-minded neighbors at the end of the workweek. Each Speakeasy takes place from 4-6PM on a Friday in McNally Smith’s own Soundbite Café, located on the third floor of the main campus building.

Full Speakeasy Schedule:

Speakeasy #1 Friday, August 10, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ – JT Bates

Speakeasy #2 Friday, September 21, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ – Derrick Stevens

Speakeasy #3 – Friday, October 12, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ – Jeff Kamin

Speakeasy #4 – Friday, November 16, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ – Chris Campbell

About The Speakeasy Guest DJs:

JT Bates is a first-call drummer covering all genres. We can’t afford the ink it would take to print all of his collaborations but here is a partial list: Fat Kid Wednesdays, The Pines, Motion Poets, Eyedea and many more. JT will spin records from his collection for the inaugural Speakeasy event.

Derrick Stevens is a producer from 89.3 The Current who has made a long and valuable contribution to the Twin Cities music scene, both on stage and behind the scenes. Stevens is now responsible for many of the sessions that The Current produces, so expect a great variety of music from Derrick’s collection—he is well known for his eclectic taste and deep knowledge of the music world.

By day, Jeff Kamin helps keep your favorite radio stations filled with shows as producer on Minnesota Public Radio. By night, Kamin holds court in some of the Twin Cities’ finest drinking establishments as the host of the world’s greatest book club, Books & Bars. Music fans of all genres are sure to enjoy Jeff’s discerning picks.

Chris Campbell is a composer and the Operations Manager at Innova Recordings. Campbell’s talent has helped make Innova a go-to spot for cutting edge creative music, and he will be spinning some of his favorite music for all to enjoy at the fourth and final Speakeasy.

*For more information about McNally Smith College of Music’s Speakeasy Series please contact Sean McPherson at or 651-361-3444.