What If? A night of experimental, improvised music curated by Big Cats



$7 at the door

9:30pm doors/10pm showtime

21+

SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES BY BIG CATS + Dance Bums + Chance York

 

 

 

Big Cats:

Spencer Wirth-Davis (AKA Big Cats) is a producer, DJ, composer, and musician from Minneapolis, MN. He has released several full-length albums, including Pangaea, a collaborative effort with Toki Wright. Okayplayer named the duo “the best, most important hip hop act Minnesota has to offer.” His previous album, For My Mother, was named a top 5 Minnesota album of 2012 by Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, and Vita.mn. In 2015, he released The Polar Bear Rug with Homeless. City Pages named the album amongst the best Minnesota albums of 2015. He also co-produced Eric Mayson’s debut album, Detail, prompting the Star Tribune and First Avenue to name Mayson as one of the best new acts of 2015.

His new album, What If It Doesn't Get Better?, was released digitally and on vinyl on March 25th, 2016. According to Wirth-Davis, “It’s a weird record. It’s more experimental and ambient than anything I’ve made previously. There’s no rapping on it. Eric Mayson, Lydia Liza, Gen Devine, Nelson Devereaux, and Claire de Lune helped me make it. A few of the songs are about astral projection, being in multiple places at once, time travel, remote viewing, ufos, conspiracy theories, space travel. One of the songs is about the moon possibly being a giant spaceship. Most of the tracks started with me, a piano, and a tape recorder. I’d just let the tape run and play and sing for a while. I then pulled samples from that tape. I recorded all of the primary material for this record on the same cassette tape. I’ve been blurring the line between my producing, songwriting, and DJing lately, and the way these songs are written and arranged definitely reflects that.”

 

 

 

 

DaNCEBUMS:

Margaret Johnson, Kara Motta, Eben Kowler, Maggie Zepp, and Karen McMenamy met in the University of Minnesota’s dance department. Tightly bonded by friendship, they lived together in a brick house in NE Minneapolis, MN. During their two-year residency in this home, they produced a trio of original dance theater performances in their single-car garage.

DaNCEBUMS is a new name for a long-standing partnership. Since 2013, DaNCEBUMS have been performing thoughtful and provocative dance work in the Twin Cities. Their collaboration is based on mutual love and respect for each other, systems of support, and togetherness.

DaNCEBUMS have presented their work at Public Functionary, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis Theater Garage, Crowles Center for Dance, The Southern Theater, Kitty Cat Klub, Red Eye Theater, and on broadcast live on CTV15 from the Lee & Rose Coliseum.

 

 

 

 

Chance York:

Chance York (Slim Chance) is a Minneapolis-born writer, and emcee. Chance has been known from his past work as the emcee/frontman of the groups Parallax and Crunchy Kids. His current work with the Crunchy Kids is about to unleash a third album and his latest role with Eric Mayson’s Detail has made his collective highly visible.

Chance debuted his solo set featuring production and live support from Eric Mayson on August 7, 2015 at 7th St Entry. Chance captured the crowd as a special guest on a show featuring DJ Abilities, Kid Like Us, Alex Wiley, and Finding Novyon.

He has since been steadily busy with shows such as supporting ProbCause and Saba on their tour stop as well as at Orchestra Hall for Minneapolis's biggest fashion event, Envision.

Chance has worked with local producers such as Big Jess, Mike the Martyr, Megan Hamilton, Beak Nasty, Amati, Dimitry Killstorm, Rp Hooks, Big Cats, and bands such as More Than Lights, Nooky Jones, and Duenday. Chance was also featured on Sway in the Morning on Shade 45 for a Twin Cities Cypher in 2014.

Chance's lyrics have been described as deeply personal yet universal.

"Slim Chance shifts from micro to macro observations...He expounds on the darkness of everyday life, yet manages to make light of it through optimism and inventive humor." (Grant Tillery, Minnesota Daily)

"He knows he's going to win, though, you can probably feel it, too... With a style so elastic, so informed, so goddamn fun..." (Jonathon Tolliver, Black Diet)