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McNally Smith Presents “Dissonance: A Concert and Conversation Focusing On Creativity and Mental Health,” Hosted by 89.3 The Current and MPR’s Healthy States

McNally Smith College of Music, 89.3 The Current, and MPR’s Healthy States present a special concert and conversation entitled “Dissonance: Mental Health and Music” on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio. The free event — an annual forum focusing on the topics of suicide, mental illness and substance abuse — is hosted by Sarah Souder Johnson (Director of Student Life and Counseling at McNally Smith), moderated by David Campbell of 89.3 The Current, and features special guest performers Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack), Caroline Smith, Andy Bothwell (Astronautalis), and Adam Levy (The Honeydogs).

NOTE: This event is free, but attendees are required to register for tickets here. Use the password “MCNALLY SMITH” when registering.

Dissonance was cultivated from conversations about how to effectively de-stigmatize the ideas of mental wellness and recovery, and how to build support for struggling students. Johnson and David Lewis, Associate Director of Student Life at McNally Smith, put together the first panel after discussion on how to deliver that message to their own students in a relevant way through music.

Johnson hopes this exchange helps spread awareness around campus and community resources for young adults and artists grappling with mental health issues. “The idea of struggling with mental illness or addiction is often glamorized in music and in art,” says Johnson. “These struggles are not specific to musicians but they are prevalent in the music community — and for college students everywhere — and to open up this conversation is a good thing.”

Pierre, Smith, Bothwell, and Levy will discuss their experiences with mental health-related issues, and each will perform songs that speak to their personal trials and triumphs. Levy lost his 21-year-old son, Daniel, to suicide following a long battle with mental illness. “It’s important that we continue the dialogue,” says Levy, who also spoke at the first two Dissonance events. “As musicians, we need to rally and speak out on the stigmas surrounding self-care and mental well-being.”

Dissonance: Mental Health and Music
w/ special guests Justin Pierre, Caroline Smith, Andy Bothwell, Adam Levy
Moderated by David Campbell from 89.3 The Current
Tuesday, October 28th, 7PM
MPR’s UBS Forum
480 Cedar Street, St Paul MN 55101
FREE — click to register for tickets