Lonnie Holley, featuring Nelson Patton and Shahzad Ismaily
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Lonnie Holley, featuring Nelson Patton and Shahzad Ismaily

Two side by side black and white portraits of Lonnie Holley
Lonnie Holley. Photos: Tim Duffy.

“Every era has its prophets, and Lonnie Holley … speaks to the anguish and tumult of modern life with extraordinary fury and perception.” —Pitchfork

Alabama-born Lonnie Holley lives with a remarkable backstory marked by hardship, poverty, and pain but also self-evolution and transcendence. Through his sculptural assemblages and his Sun Ra–meets–Sam Cooke sound, he’s emerged as a singular American visionary devoted to glorious improvisation and shamanistic transformation. In his first Minnesota performance, featuring multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and the experimental electronics, percussion, and trombone duo Nelson Patton, Holley unleashes his unflinching insights on race in America with sonic soul, mystical spirit, and authentic generosity.

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