Dance, sing and put on a show: Chastity Brown for rocker Rochester

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Now that she’s back in the swing, she’s all about the joy.

“I don’t want to let go of this whole new feeling,” she said.

Blues group Brown and Twin Cities Bluedog are the artists on Down by the Riverside’s “Minnesota Music” night – a track Brown, with six full albums to his name, a 2020 single (“Golden”) writes after the murder of George Floyd, and a recent McKnight Scholarship, is easily embodied.

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As a resident of Minneapolis, Brown considers Prince to be the epitome of “Minnesota music” – she sees musicians “whose careers and lives changed playing in her band for a week.”

But part of the appeal of the Minnesota scene is the number of styles that thrive here, she said: like Hüsker Dü and the Replacements, several Janet Jackson albums (recorded in the state) and many others.

“When I think of Minnesota music, I think of all of these wonderful gems,” she said. “As if there was a bunch of talent.”

Brown has been working on new music, which is slated for release in January 2022. A number of songs Rochester will hear on Sunday are new. But more importantly, she focuses on creating a show. It means looking at the caliber of her squad – some of the best players in the state, she said – and allowing for a fair amount of lightness.

“I need as much joy in my life as possible, as a human being,” she said. “And I realized that I wanted my concerts to be happy. … I dance on stage, and I’ve never done that before. It’s right after, ‘Holy shit, this band is so good.’ “

Those familiar with Brown’s music know that she writes on “serious social topics.” She might cry – she’s a Gemini, after all. But she wants to laugh.

“Things have been serious for so long,” Brown said. “I just wanna dance.”

If you are going to

What: Down by the Riverside’s “Minnesota Music” night, with Chastity Brown and Bluedog

When: 7 p.m. Sunday July 18

Or: Mayo Park, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

Info: Free entry. Garden chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome. On-site concessions will also be available.


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