Concert Review: Doomtree Blowout VII curated by Mike Mictlan at the 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis)

Doomtree, Photo Credit: Ben LaFond

We welcome Ada to Mezzic today, increasing our presence in the Twin Cities! Ada is a Minneapolis native and avid concert-goer who lives for discovering new music and telling the world all about it. She works as an event planner and social media writer, scouring the internet for the next fun thing the city has to offer. Check out her debut piece, covering one of the FIVE curated shows Doomtree is putting on this week!

Doomtree Blowout VII curated by Mike Mictlan at the 7th St. Entry
December 5th, 2011
7th St. Entry in Minneapolis, Minnesota

For the seventh year in a row, Doomtree has held a December concert showcasing the talents of the collective and celebrating their fans. This year, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, has dedicated a jam-packed week to Doomtree with evenings in the adjoining 7th Street Entry curated by each member and two final nights with the whole crew in the First Avenue Mainroom. All of this comes after their latest and well-received album, No Kings.

Sims opened Doomtree week on Sunday, Dec. 4. Next up was Mike Mictlan, who came ready with plenty of tricks up his sleeves.

“If you follow me on Twitter, you’d know I said at 8:30 rap would fuckin’ start!” announced Mike Mictlan (Minneapolis, MN), member of the Doomtree Collective and curator of Monday night’s second round of the Doomtree Blowout VII. And at exactly 8:30 p.m. the first of over 40 performers took the stage answering his demand.

The ambitious lineup gave each act exactly 15 minutes to own the room before Mictlan would join in for a song, smooth over technical difficulties with a joke or serenade a member of the audience while the next group set up behind him.

Ice Rod (Minneapolis, MN) kicked off the night with a spastic bang complete with chanting “Doomtree” to the Ghostbuster’s theme and other familiar tracks, hanging upside down from the rafters and leaping into the crowd from the stage. Setting the bar for a level of enthusiasm that carried through out the night.

F.Stokes (New York, NY), one of the few to travel in for the show, gave a passionate set dedicated to Doomtree’s Lazerbeak. As the room filled to capacity, the night was just beginning. What followed was a whirl-wind of performances from local favorites: Audio Perm, Big Quarters, Prof, DJ Fundo, Kill the Vultures, Toki Wright, Illuminous 3, I Self Devine, Slapping Purses, La Manchita, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, P.O.S. and more.

By 1:30 a.m., Mictlan closed the night with the help of Lazerbeak, Sims and P.O.S. with the opening track to Doomtree’s No Kings titled, “No Way.”  It’s obvious Mictlan put a lot of thought into planning his portion of the Blowout. The result was a high-energy mix of styles, ages, love for the rap scene that has supported him and a whole lot of wag.

The Doomtree Blowout continues at First Avenue through Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.

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