SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES BY Big Cats + Lucien Parker + Talia Knight





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.”





Lucien Parker:

Lucien Parker is a Hip-Hop artist from the South Side of Minneapolis. He is a young, eager, ambitious artist who captures a melodic sound backed up by his driving baritone. Lucien has always had an interest in storytelling even before he spit his first verse. He strongly believes that his mission is to create music that will help liberate his culture from commodification. Lucien believes music can heal the soul but only if it is written from the writer’s own soul. Growing up a Black kid in a middle class neighborhood he was made aware of the stereotypes imposed on African American people as portrayed by the media today. Lucien says, “Music is a tool that can be used to change the world. It can be used as a platform to help eradicate a system that is hell bent on trapping people of color. I may only be a piece of the puzzle, but I will continue to make music that will continue to uplift my children, and their children after them transcending the boundaries of time and place.” 

Lucien released his debut EP “Hip-Hop therapy” in September of 2014 which helped catapult him into the rap industry. Since then he has been featured artist on various blogs and tracks around the midwest and he recently partnered with friend and manager Brennan Haelig of Strange Oasis Entertainment, LLC. Lucien is preparing to release his second EP “Take A Breath” in November 2015.