October 23, 2022
Minnesota Music Coalition is excited to announce this year’s Caravan du Nord, a showcase of concerts spread across Minnesota, with daytime workshops and networking opportunities for up-and-coming area musicians. On Sunday, October 23rd, Caravan du Nord will be at Ordway Center for Performing Arts, featuring the eclectic multi-instrumentalist/vocalist MMYYKK, with opening performances by Native American rock band War Bonnet and the classical-crossover ensemble Delphia Cello Quartet. This multi-genre musical experience will be an unforgettable showcase of amazing Minnesota talent in the beautiful Ordway Concert Hall.
About the artists
MMYYKK (pronounced "Mike") is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and music producer from the Inland Empire CA, and currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. MMYYKK's eclectic and forward-thinking sound situates itself at the intersections of Soul, Jazz, Electro and R&B; blending analog synthesis and neck-breaking rhythms amalgamated with sonic alchemy. His musical explorations center themselves in themes of love, humanity, healing, and higher consciousness. He is also 1/4th of the psychedelic funk collective astralblak and 1/4th of the space jazz collective The BlackBeat Theory. MMYYKK's most recent project, Science EP, was released on September 10, 2021. https://www.mmyykk.com/
War Bonnet reverentially explores and reinterprets the darker, more recessed ancestral music created by North America's indigenous people. In 2016, Chaz Wagner, (Bois Forte Ojibwe) and Tony Parson (Leech Lake Ojibwe) formed the band War Bonnet. War Bonnet is a legendary Native American rock band. War Bonnet brings awareness to Native American rock music as a genre as well as historical events, and current events in Indian Country. War Bonnet released the single, War Horse—following with their first full album, The Ghost Dance (February 2019). On May 2, the Native Report featured War Bonnet and their song, “Ikwe” which brings awareness to the #MMIW movement — Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (children and peoples). Ikwe appears on their second album "Ancestral Legacy" released on November, 27th 2020 (Native American Heritage Day). In late 2020, the band collaborated with accomplished vocalist - Leah Lemm (Mille Lacs Ojibwe) and has since been added as a composer to the WB team. The band is currently working on their 3rd musical masterpiece - the new music dives even deeper into the creativity of their tribal roots. The band was Nominated for 2 Native American Music awards in 2019 - Best Rock Recording for “The Ghost Dance” album and Group Of The Year. Most recently: 2022 Native American Music Award Nominees - Best Rock Video "Ikwe". 2022 Native American Music Award Nominees - Best Rock Recording "Ancestral Legacy" album. https://www.warbonnetofficial.com/
Delphia Cello Quartet
Delphia Cello Quartet is an all-female ensemble from Minneapolis, MN. The group plays original compositions and arrangements in a classical-crossover style, reinventing pop, rock, and traditional songs with a sonorous string sound. The four cellists are Nora Doyle, Patricia Ryan, Rosa Thompson-Vieira, and Julia Floberg. https://www.delphiacelloquartet.com
About the Minnesota Music Coalition
The Minnesota Music Coalition is a statewide network of artists, industry professionals and music supporters who care about creating and sustaining a vibrant popular music community. The network fills in the gaps of our community’s business infrastructure for musicians, and offers resources and support to help artists build sustainable careers in the industry. Through education, communication, and advocacy, we create access to resources and professional development services. Learn more at www.mnmusiccoalition.org
This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and by Explore Minnesota. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and is sponsored by The Current.