$7 at the door
10:30pm doors/11pm showtime
With a sound that "would have made it perfectly at home on the radio in 1983", Dance Assault is a Minneapolis-based electro-pop group blending equal parts synth-pop & funk. The group originated as a one-man project, but has since evolved into a 3-piece band whose songs are entirely written and produced by their front man, Carson, who also plays synthesizers ad sings lead vocals in the group.
DENNIS was born to Katie Bolin in the summer of 2009 in her bedroom with just a midi controller, a beagle and a lot of pop tarts. After living in Chile for over a year, Katie worked on electronic tracks but missed home, so she decided to return to Minneapolis where she met Sarah Morrison through a mutual friend. A couple weeks later she showed up at Sarah's front door with a bass and a tiny amp, and the duo had begun. During the summer of 2012, K and S worked on songs for the Ice Cold EP, a basement cult favorite among Minneapolis and St. Paul kidz alike. Both having recently gone through breakups in 2012, the EP was a precursor to their first full-length effort Don't Fall in Love, an electronic pop ode to bad relationships, bad people and the worst dates of all time.
DENNIS writes and produces everything themselves. They draw inspiration from Kraftwerk, Max Martin, Britney Spears, New Order, Katy Perry, M.I.A., The Prodigy, Lady Gaga and Zeena LaVey.
Katie: Producer, vocals, keyboard, trash can
Sarah: Bass, guitar, vocals, trash can
Blending electronica with smooth ambient surfaces, married to spacious, processed vocals in a unique groove-driven sound, Hi-Fi cali was birthed by Minneapolis composer and producer Chris Bartels in the summer of 2014 as an exploration of writing electronic music without a set of rules.
Hi-Fi Cali was born out of rough sketches and basic groove-beat ideas. Synthesizers, digital claps, drum machines, and sidechaining is the bottom line for these songs. With an album in the works, Chris, along with drummer and samplist Bjorn Nilsen, have not only used the material to develop and create a unique and engaging live experience, but are also laying out a small lot of evidence that dance music does not have to be predictable.