Rondo Community Music Series

Rondo Community Music Series 2020

September – December
Sponsored by The Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts

The Rondo Community Music Series wrapped up last winter with outstanding performances by Ashley DuBose, the Kevin Washington Quintet; Robert Robinson, Debbie Duncan and William Duncan, and DeSean Jones. Though we’re unable to hold in-person dates, this year we remain dedicated to bringing you hope, healing and joy through the power of music.

We have moved to virtual music performances so that we can continue social distancing protocols. We kicked off the series this September with a virtual concert from We Are King, which was viewed in 36 states, 13 countries, and has over over 6k views online.

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Duncan & Robinson – Saturday, December 12th
Every performance of this virtual series has been exceptional and has exceeded every expectation. This one is especially significant for the Walker West Community and the Twin Cities Music community as a whole, in that the performance is a dedication to Twin Cities “First Lady of Song”, Debbie Duncan, who is battling some health challenges right now.

Past Events in the 2020 Series

We Are King – Friday September 11th [this performance has ended]
Walker|West Alums and Grammy award winning siblings Paris and Amber Strothers, return to the Twin Cities and to Walker|West for a night of music and magic as only they can.

Babatunde Lea – Saturday October 10th [this performance has ended]
Respected percussionist and Walker|West teaching and performing artist Babatunde Lea will bring us the sounds of Afro-beats, Afro-Cuban Jazz, and other traditional sounds from the African-American experience.

Roy Hargrove Tribute (re-broadcast) – Saturday October 17th [this performance has ended]
This concert will feature the life’s work and musical legacy of Roy Hargrove. His ability to transition through genres like Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop and R&B made him far more stand out and push the culture forward. With Kavyesh Kaviraj – Piano, Solomon Parham – Trumpet, Omar Abdulkarim – Trumpet, Jeff Bailey – Bass, and Kevin Washington – Percussion.

Kevin Washington – Saturday October 24th [this performance has ended]
To continue our month of drumming, Kevin Washington (Walker|West teaching and performing artist) will play the (virtual) house down. You can also catch Kevin on his Drums.Music.Life. podcast airing each month.

DeSean Jones – Saturday, November 7th
DeSean Jones Detroit-based tenor saxophonist, and mentee of Walker|West teaching and performing artist Solomon Parham returns to us from The Motor City for another masterful show this season.

Ashley DuBose – Saturday, December 5th
Saint Paul recording artist and inaugural artist for the Rondo Community Music Series when it began in 2019, Ashley DuBose returns to us to bring her special mix of upbeat jazz, soul, r&b, and radio ready songs that are sure to make winter feel warm.

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About The Rondo Community & This Music Series

Beginning in the 1910s and 1920s, the Rondo Community experienced a social and cultural boom.  Music and theater flourished. African-American churches, businesses, and schools set down roots, creating a strong community.  The construction of Interstate 94 between 1956 and 1968 cut the community in half, displacing over 700 residents, and fracturing Rondo’s identity as a cultural center.

With the support of the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts the series is back for year two. Though we’re unable to gather in person, the virtual format opens up the magic of this series to a wider audience.

Walker|West creates a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music.