The Sights and Sounds of 2015 ‘Soundset’

Brother Ali (Minnesota Connected)

Brother Ali performing at the Fifth Element stage

Soundset’s perennial success might come as a surprise to the casual onlooker, but anyone digging deeper knows the stalwart power of what it means to those who keep attending. Minnesota would seem like an odd place for one of the world’s top hip-hop festivals, yet Rhymesayers (our local label) has found the terrain quite fertile. Soundset year upon year keeps springing forth a complete ecosystem of hip-hop that’s seemingly unhindered by setbacks or the elements.[Continue Reading]

‘Warped Tour 2014’ — “Best Day Ever”

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Warped Tour 2013 branded itself with the slogan “Best Day Ever”, but at this year’s tour I had the best day ever.

I was caught up in seeing the bands I came for, enjoying the terrific weather and having fun.

For the 20th year of the nationwide tour, there are over 70 bands on nine different stages throughout the day playing a mix of punk, hardcore, alternative, with some rap and soul mixed in as well.

Minnesota’s host for the summer concert series is Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

A day at Warped Tour is filled with music, people, sun and crowd surfers — oh the crowd surfers.

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Interview with Minnesota’s Master DJ ‘Freddy Fresh’

Freddy Fresh (left) and I sat down for a chat at Soundset 2014

Freddy Fresh (left) and I (Erik Bergs, right) sat down for a chat at Soundset 2014

At Soundset Minnesota Connected met with local Minnesotan and global superstar Freddy Fresh. His interview was a lot different from the other artists that we spoke with; he happily admitted to being older than the various performers working the concert; but with his advantage in experience and a bit of retrospection, Freddy dropped quite a few jolts of wisdom.[Continue Reading]

‘Running of the Bulldogs’ at Canterbury Park

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This Father’s Day, Canterbury Park will be straying from the typical horse racing and introducing a new breed: bulldog racing.

Races will take place this Sunday between Horse Races 3, 5 and 7 from 1 pm to 6 pm

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‘Soundset’ Triumphs Despite Canadian Credit Cards, Overloaded Cell Phone Towers and Texas TSA

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Cypress Hill embodied many of the day’s themes.

Sunday’s weather proved that perfection in Minnesota May is possible. The state’s largest music festival deserved the lucky break; unlike the chilly Soundset of 2013 or the heat followed by the tornado of 2012, the only seasonal question fans had to answer was how much sunscreen to put on (answer: not much).

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‘Savor Minnesota’ in Shakopee

 wine

Are you a connoisseur of fine wine and delectable delicacies? Or do you at least wanna pretend you are for an afternoon?

If you answered “You betcha!” to either of those questions, this Saturday’s ‘Savor Minnesota’ in Shakopee is an event you should plan to check out.

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Junk Bonanza Happening Now at Canterbury Park

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Do you look forward to every new episode of Antiques Roadshow? Is your TiVo set to record Mike and Frank’s cross-country adventures on American Pickers?

Do you love all things antique? Does the idea of digging through vintage nick-nacks give you goosebumps? Do you view garage sales as opportunities to discover rare and valuable treasures?

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