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McNally Smith’s Speakeasy Series Returns for 2013

McNally Smith College of Music is excited to announce the return of the Speakeasy Series following its successful inaugural run in 2012. These informal Friday afternoon gatherings in the school’s scenic Sound Bite Café present an excellent opportunity for the Twin Cities arts community to come together at the end of the work week and relax in a cool, casual environment—complete with complimentary wine, coffee and snacks.

The best part? McNally Smith has once again arranged for some highly influential (and extremely friendly) folks with good taste in music to spin their favorite records and set the mood for an awesome hang. There’s one Speakeasy event (from 4–6 on a Friday afternoon) every month throughout spring semester, so make sure to mark your calendars and take advantage of this fun, free networking opportunity—you never know who you might run into!

Full Speakeasy Schedule for Spring 2013:

Speakeasy #1
Friday, January 18, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ – Reed Fischer

Speakeasy #2
Friday, February 22, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ – Kool Akiem

Speakeasy #3
Friday, March 22, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ – Lance Conrad

Speakeasy #4
Friday, April 19, 4-6PM w/ Guest DJ –  Noah Keesecker

About The Speakeasy Guest DJs:

Reed Fischer knows a thing or two about good music. He is, after all, the Music Editor at City Pages and overseer of Gimmie Noise—the popular Twin Cities alt weekly and its online music blog. In addition to possessing stellar wordsmithery and impeccable taste in tunes, Fischer wields serious chops in composing a killer playlist, due to his time spent in the trenches as both wedding DJ and college radio jock. Gain insight into what this top Twin Cities tastemaker is currently digging on by hitting up the first Speakeasy of 2013.

After graduating from Music Tech in the mid-90’s, legendary record producer and DJ Kool Akiem blazed trails in the local and national hip-hop scene as one half of the seminal duo Micronats (Rhymesayers Entertainment). Traveling with MF Doom, Scion Industries and Red Bull further cemented Akiem’s position as one of the hip-hop scene’s elite. While most producers stick to a time-tested formula, Akiem constantly reinvents his production style without losing the urgent bump that folks have grown to expect from his tracks. Come get a taste of his unique sonic flavor at the February Speakeasy.

Lance Conrad is an in-demand Twin Cities producer/engineer, and a proud McNally Smith alum (2002). At any given moment Conrad can be found producing some of the best local and national music in the friendly confines of his Northeast Minneapolis studio, Humans Win! (clients include Modest MouseHaley Bonar, P.O.S., and Owl City), or playing all over town with his stellar indie rock band, Van Stee. Don’t miss out on the gems this renaissance man will be pulling from his expansive record collection throughout his Speakeasy engagement.

Noah Keesecker is the program director at Springboard for the Arts where he helps foster and shape artistic entrepreneurs of all stripes. As an accomplished composer and multimedia artist, his work expands into the realm of video, installation, text, interactive and performance art, and most recently animation. Keesecker understands that what comes between the sound is just as important as the sound itself, so expect a fancy mess of music, disjunct audio samples and some strategically placed silence during his highly-anticipated Speakeasy set.

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