Get into your groove on the Walker’s rooftop with hot music, dancing, fashion, and more. Terrace Thursdays showcase a diverse lineup of inspirational individuals breaking boundaries in art and identity. Meet your people, meet new people, grab a drink, and make the most of summer!
Music: DJ Chamun
6–7 pm & 9–10 pm
Music: The Florists
Garden Terrace Room
Music: Seaberg & the Black Velvet Punks
Performance: Taja Will’s Blood Language
Garden Terrace Room & Terraces 1, 2 & 3
Seaberg & the Black Velvet Punks is a hip-hop, jazz punk, and neo-soul band fronted by black genderqueer guitarist Taylor Seaberg, with drummer Traiveon Dunlap (Traiveon and Candi) and bassist Roderick Glasper (Blvck Madonna). Seaberg has also performed at an album release show for Chastity Brown’s Silhouette of Sirens at the Fitzgerald Theater, a Greenroom Magazine–sponsored show for Oshun, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Third Thursday Art + Lit events.
DJ Chamun is Chamindika Wanduragala, a Sri Lankan American visual artist, stop-motion animation filmmaker, and puppeteer based in Minneapolis. She is also the founder and director of Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop, which supports Native people and people of color in developing creative and technical skills in contemporary puppetry. DJ Chamun spins everything from roots reggae, Latin, Arabic, afrobeat, and bhangra to soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop, electronica, and jazz.
The Florists are Minneapolis-based pop performers Jo Kellen, Jared Hemming, and Luke Michaels. They recently released their debut LP Prayer Starter dropped on Active Lutheran Stoner Records. Combining spastic arrangements, catchy, rhythmic hooks, and an intense live presence, this trio storms the stage with manic glee.
Taja Will’s Blood Language is a new contemporary dance that creates a ritual of identity that centers on experiences of otherness and belonging and is authored by black, Indigenous people of color, queer people, and artists with invisible disabilities. Queer Chilean choreographer Taja Will and collaborative performers bring audiences an immersive performance meditation on power, privilege, stress, love, wisdom, seduction, servanthood, judgement, detective work, trauma, and healing.
Programming for Terrace Thursdays 2019 was designed in collaboration with a committee of local artists, activists, and community organizers. Thanks to Scott Artley, Machen Davis, Anthonia Eboreime, Nicky Leingang, Yoni Light, Oskar Ly, Meena Mangalvedhekar, Wintana Melekin, and Taja Will.