DESSA is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist with the Doomtree collective—the ascendant Minneapolis hip-hop crew. She's made the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (for Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (for All Hands).
Dessa built a career bucking traditional genre designations—she's rapped at Lollapalooza, arranged for full choir, and co-written classical works for orchestra. She’s performed in a bombed-out hospital in Warsaw, in velvet-lined theaters in New York, and atop a folding chair in Johannesburg. Her live show includes a wide breadth of styles, from epic ballads to rapid-fire rap. The charismatic banter between the songs is as important as the set list; Dessa’s on-stage humor balances and complements the melancholy of her lyrics.
As a writer, Dessa’s contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals around the country, and has published two short collections of her own: Spiral Bound and A Pound of Steam.
The O’Shaughnessy performance will be Dessa’s largest hometown headliner of 2016. She’ll be joined on stage by her full band along with some new collaborators, playing familiar songs and recent compositions.
To listen to Dessa’s music, download images, or read more about her work, visit www.doomtree.net/dessa. Follow her online at @dessadarling.
Win a chance to meet Dessa
Buy a ticket to her September 9th concert at The O'Shaughnessy at St Catherine University and be automatically entered to win a chance to Dessa's invitation-only meet & greet before the show!
Purchase a ticket to her concert by Wednesday, September 7th to be eligible for the drawing. Dessa herself will pick the lucky winner on Thursday, September 8.
What: An Evening With Dessa, an All Ages Show
Who: Dessa, with special guest MONAKR
Where: The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
When: Friday, September 9, 7:30pm