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Minneapolis / St. Paul

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Produced in St. Paul and Minneapolis, also known as the Twin Cities, recently rated among the top US-cities. Host Cynthia Johnson (singer of number one hit "Funkytown") presents the hot spots and the cities' most known artists, bands, musicians, actors, etc.  

You can follow some outstanding outdoor performances on extraordinary locations, a live concert at the Minnesota Music Cafe with Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets and many more, an interview with Billy Peterson in Dinkytown, the superband Mint Condition in front(!) of the famous First Avenue Club, award winning Native Indian singer/songwriter Shenandoah performing an emotional concert in the Mill City ruins with the Indian Native Pride Dancers, upcoming local band Boombox revealing their hit "Been a Long Time" and Minnesota's 93-year-young jazz legend "Mr. Smooth" playing a tune, just for you ... . Actrice Sari Lennick ("A Serious Man") tells Cynthia how it all started with the Coen brothers, Stokley Williams and Mario Dawson take you down the alley with a memorable drum battle while Peter Schimke plays his latest song in the middle of the Sculpture Garden. Eric Leeds and Steve Wiese explain you all about funk, where it all started and why there is a special Minneapolis sound. 

Beautiful images and good music will entertain you for one hour and leave a big smile on your face ... .





written by performed by
"funkytown"        Steven Greenberg       Cynthia Johnson
"Eagles cry" Joanne Shenandoah Joanne Shenandoah
"Aiionwatha creates Wampum"   Joanne Shenandoah Joanne Shenandoah
"Dancing on Mother Earth"    Joanne Shenandoah  Joanne Shenandoah
"I want it" Mint Condition Mint Condition
"Just restless"    Duane Jarvis/John Brannon/Kevin Bowe Kevin Bowe and Cynthia Johnson
"Smash and Grab"    Alison Scott and Kevin Bowe Kevin Bowe and Alison Scott
"I found out"  John Lennon Kevin Bowe and Alison Scott
"haven't you heard" Kevin Bowe Kevin Bowe
"That’s it"      Irv Williams  Irv Williams
"Highway 61" Bob Dylan

Ben Sidran (voc, piano),

Billy Peterson (bass)

"The comeback" Desdemona Desdemona
"The people over there" Peter Schimke Peter Schimke
"Been a long time" Boombox Boombox



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singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor

Multi Award Winner, such as Grammy, Golden Globe, Adadamy Award, inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, produced 10 Platinum albums

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Joanne Shenandoah

singer, songwriter

Native American Multi Award and Grammy Award Winner, perfomed for the Vatican and at three presidential inaugurations


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Mint Condition

greatest self-contained R&B band of our time

Opening act for Prince, performed also with Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, amongst many others


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Kevin Bowe

singer, songwriter, guitarist

Platinum and Grammy Winning songwriter for stars such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jonny Lang, The Rembrandts, Etta James, amongst others




Sari Lennick


Lead role in the Coen brothers film “A Serious Man” (Grammy nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay)


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Ben Sidran

singer, songwriter, producer, author, pianist

Award Winning jazz pianist, songwriter for Steve Miller, Elton John, Jamiroquai, etc.


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Stokley Williams

singer, drummer, percussionist

Grammy nominee, lead vocalist of Mint Condition


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Local hip hop band

New talent, local upcoming band


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Irv Williams

saxophone player, componist

93-year-young MN jazz legend, inductee of the MN Music Hall of Fame


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Billy Peterson

bass player, singer, songwriter

Recorded with Bob Dylan, member of the Steve Miller Band, performed with Bryan Adams and many other stars


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Eric Leeds 

saxophone player 

Best known for his work with Prince


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Peter Schimke

singer, songwriter, pianist

Performed with Billy Preston, Sam Moore, Tony Joe White, and many others


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Alison Scott

singer, songwriter, pianist

Upcoming Minnesota artist, has shared the stage with such names as Bon Jovi or Boz Scaggs


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Steve Wiese

producer, studio owner

Producer of Janet Jackson, Steve Miller, and many others

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Mario Dawson


Performed with stars such as R. Kelly and Britney Spears

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Native Pride Dancers

native Indian dance group: Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki), Skye Hall (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara), Arlan Whitebreast (Meskwaki), Justing Kii Huenemann (Navajo)

Winner of many dance awards, performed all over the globe

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R. T. Rybak

Mayor of the City of Minneapolis

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Nick van Brunt

scientist, inventor, entrepreneur






Doug George-Kanentiio

author, lecturer, storyteller

Native indian from the Mohawk tribe


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Original Best Kept Secret

R&B, soul, dance and funk band

Many of the band members have worked with Prince, winner of many Music Awards


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blues and funk band

A band formed by Kirk Johnson, who ist best known for his work as drummer and dancer with Prince and The New Power Generation


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Tracy Shimek


Youngest female captain on the Mississippi river


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Ray Covington

singer, guitarist

Local Minnesota R&B and soul vocalist



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