Exciting news, local music fans: we’re ringing in the New Year with Dessa and Trampled By Turtles! The pilot episode of The Lowertown Line will air on tpt2 on December 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. Check out the promo below:
The Lowertown Line was recorded with a live audience at tpt’s Lowertown studios on October 24, 2012. The program is hosted by hip hop artist Dessa and features rock and bluegrass style Duluth band Trampled By Turtles, who performed and shared stories with their inspiring musical guest – Alan Sparkhawk of Low, Retribution Gospel Choir and The Murder of Crows.
The Lowertown Line music special features a five-song set from Trampled by Turtles as well an insider Q&A hosted by Dessa about Trampled by Turtles formal training, song-writing process/style and their Duluth connections. During the set, the band also welcomed Alan Sparhawk from the Duluth band, Low to perform and Sparhawk joined Dessa and Dave Simonett in talking about his body of work, process and training.
“I was on tour when MN OriginalSeries Producer, Ashleigh Rowe called me about hosting a new music special, and I jumped at the chance,” says The Lowertown Line host, Dessa. “Parked in a Walgreens’ lot in Chicago, I chatted excitedly with the producers, gesturing like a crazy person; the tpt team has a fresh and genuine enthusiasm for every project.”
Tune into tpt2 on December 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. for The Lowertown Line.
The Upper Midwest Chapter of the the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced 2012 winners on Saturday evening at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, and Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Original programming received six Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards! We’re so appreciative of this honor from the Upper Midwest Regional Emmys® and to be recognized among such esteemed colleagues in the media. The MNO staff is particularly thankful for the incredible arts community in the Twin Cities, who permit us to share their talents, creative process and excellent work, with a statewide audience.
Introducing Artist Day Jobs, a new series in which we’ll explore how artists and musicians are making a living to support their talents. Know an artist with an interesting day job? Email us at [email protected].
In 2005, Anna Tsantir had a full-time arts administration gig and no time for her art. She decided there had to be a way of making a living that also supported her true passion — and so Anna founded Two Bettys Green Cleaning Service, the eco-friendly house cleaning company she now runs. While Anna no longer cleans houses herself, she has 28 “Bettys” on staff, all of them artists, musicians, or healers.