Dessa presented by Down By The Riverside
Start Date:Sunday, July 16, 2017
End Date:Sunday, July 16, 2017
DESSA is a rapper, singer and essayist whom the Utne Reader calls, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” As a musician she tours as a solo artist and as a member of Doomtree, the innovative Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective. On stage she's funny and ferocious, but also tender—her live show includes rapid-fire rap songs, heartbreak ballads, catchy choruses, and some charismatic banter fueled by wit and whiskey. She’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and has made a career out of bucking traditional genre designations–rapping at Lollapalooza, arranging for full choir, and co-writing classical works for an orchestra. As a writer, she’s contributed to MPR, the Star Tribune, literary journals around the country, has published two short collections of her own, and is currently at work on her first book-length collection of personal essays. Dessa also contributed a track to the Hamilton Mixtape (which reached #1 on the Billboard charts) She splits her time between Minneapolis and New York.