News Release

MMF 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Photo of Minnesota experimental band Cloud Cult

Minnesota experimental band Cloud Cult performs 4 p.m. April 16 at the free Mississippi Music Fest.

Photo of Minnesota experimental band Cloud Cult Photo of a cappella group Tonic Sol-fa Photo of Mary GrandPre, illustrator 

Cloud Cult, Heiruspecs, Tonic Sol-fa and a world famous illustrator will headline the Mississippi Music Fest (MMF) April 16 at Halenbeck Hall.

The annual spring music festival at St. Cloud State is paired this year with the April 15-16 Earth Day Run, Minnesota's great spring run. The closing act, Cloud Cult, will be performing as the half-marathon runners begin crossing the finish line.

The free music festival runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. A variety of food items will be available for purchase through local food vendors, including lattes, Greek food, kettle corn and grilled food items.

Cloud Cult is a Minnesota-based experimental band that performs the music of singer-songwriter Craig Minowa. Cloud Cult has produced 10 CDs and a documentary film. Among the things that have earned Cloud Cult the "experimental band" label: band members doing live painting during concerts.

Mary GrandPre, illustrator for the American editions of the Harry Potter books, will contribute to a 16-by-30-foot painting 4-6 p.m. Friday. Cloud Cult band members Connie Minowa and Scott West will complete the painting during the band's set, which begins at 4 p.m. Saturday.

GrandPre is collaborating with Cloud Cult under the auspices of ArtOrg, a Minnesota arts organization that engages communities in the visual arts through education, business partnerships and contemporary art venues.

Learn more about the St. Cloud Cult Print project, whose collaborative history dates back to June 2010.

Tonic Sol-fa, also Minnesota-based, is a four-man a cappella group with 14 CDs and several national television appearances to its credit.

Also performing will be Heiruspecs and Hokus Pokus. Heiruspecs is a St. Paul hip hop band known for live rap performances free of sampling and turntables. Hokus Pokus is a winner of University Program Board's 2010 Battle of the Unsigned Bands competition..

View the band performance schedule (PDF).

The Mix 94.9 radio station and TCF Bank are event sponsors.

MMF is managed by University Program Board, St. Cloud State's student-run entertainment and education provider. 

For more information, contact Brenda Osler at 320-308-2205 or upbmississippimusic@stcloudstate.edu.

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