In celebration of Minneapolis-based composer/pianist Carei Thomas’ 70th birthday and his ongoing contribution to creative improvised music, the Walker presents an evening of performance and verse, featuring a host of local and national artists from various disciplines. The concept of Gift Shops was developed during Thomas’ recovery from Guillian-Barre Syndrome when he began to reflect on the gifts of professionals and ordinary people. “I see Gift Shops serving as energizing entities in the community wherever there is a need to reinforce the human spirit.”
Sharing their artistic gifts this night are artists from Ancestor Energy, Feel Free, High School for the Recording Arts, Keys Please!, and Heart of the Beast, including Louis Alemayehu, e.g. Bailey, Jeff Bailey, Dean Brewington, Paul Cantrell, Tim DuRoche, David Ellis and students, Douglas Ewart, Todd Harper, Wallace Hill, Mick LaBriola, Roy McBride, John Minzceski, Mankwe Ndosi, Patrick O’Keefe, Derek Phillips, J. Otis Powell!, David Rich, Gary Schulte, Patrick Scully, Sandy Spieler, Deborah Thayer, Joi Thomas, Brock Thorson, Donald Washington, Faye Washington, Laurie Witzkowski, and David Wright.