A collaboration between The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Northrop, Welcome week, Multicultural student engagement and the Music school, Amplify solidarity is a program of free outdoor events with the goal of using the arts to raise the voices of marginalized people, to welcome the community, students, faculty, and staff back to campus, and to celebrate our University community. These weekday in-person events featuring BIPOC, Queer and Womxn+ artists will take place on the Northrop Plaza Stage.
In case of bad weather, these performances will be moved inside the Carlson Family Stage.
Wed, June 15, 12:00 PM
Visionary blues and roots artist Annie Mac launches on his new EP, Testify, mixing folk, rock and country gospel in his unique soulful sound. Digging deep, “Minnesota’s heir to the Mavis Staples throne” (Star Tribune), embarks on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
Suzy plays the guitar
Wed, June 22, 12:00
Minneapolis musicians Kelsey Wyrd and Tricia Schweitzer use their tenacious musical knowledge to blend vocal harmonies with sweet guitar melodies in Suzy plays the guitaroccurring locally and nationally.
Daniel James Felton
Wed, Jul 6, 12:00 PM
Returning to Amplifying Solidarity for its second year, Daniel James Felton won the 2021 Gospel Choice Music Awards in the Instrumental Artist of the Year category. This saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist recently released his EP, Breath of God.
Wed, Jul 13, 12:00 PM
Gary Hodges and Michael Mothershed combined their musical visions to create Functional junction– one of the most entertaining show bands in the country. The group includes Ralph Hale, Tim Rummelhoff, Henry Linder, Viola Jordan-Kill and Al Emory.
Minnesota Tango Society
Wed, Jul 20, 12:00 PM
The Minnesota Tango Society is the face of Argentine tango for tango dancers visiting the Twin Cities. It is a non-profit, member-supported social club committed to supporting the community of teachers, event planners, DJs and dancers, to develop a thriving tango dance scene.
Wed, August 24, 12:00 PM
Singer-songwriter based in St. Paul, DeTrell Melodies, writes and performs a mix of Soul, R&B and Reggae music. Melodies is also part of the Twin Cities Catalyst Music program, a non-profit organization that provides young people with equitable access and opportunity in the Twin Cities music community.
Fri, Sep 2, 12:00 p.m.
Voted “Best New MN Artist” and “Best Live Concert” (City Pages), Nur-D brings a burst of energy every time he takes the stage. Headlining First Avenue’s “Best New Bands” show in 2020, he performed on stage alongside national artists like Migos, Logic, Tyler, the Creator and The Wu-Tang Clan.
Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue
Wed, Sep 7, 12:00 p.m.
The Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue (“Precious Mother Earth”) is a Kalpulli (“learning community”) of Native people who perform traditional Aztec and indigenous Mexican dances. These presentations provide a basic understanding of Nahuatl/Aztec representations of life through dance.
Wed, Sep 14, 12:00 PM
The Socaholix are a high-energy Caribbean dance group that have graced the stages of Twin Cities since 2010. Performing a genre known as “soca”, an upbeat hybrid of Soul and Calypso, they create a complex, compelling on-stage synergy and infectious.
Wed, Sep 21, 12:00 p.m.
PaviElle is an Emmy Award-winning interdisciplinary artist, songwriter and singer with a dynamic six-piece band. This City Pages “Best R&B Singer of 2015” honored local and national stages, including First Ave, Ordway Center, Schubert Club, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing. Arts.
About Northrop at the University of Minnesota
Rooted in the belief that the arts are essential to the human experience, Northrop is committed to cultivating the intersections between the performing arts and education for the benefit of all participants today and for generations to come. Learn more about northrop.umn.edu.