Tish Jones, Co-curator and MC,
Rondo Stage and Open Mic

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Featuring live music, poetry, song, open mic and more, The Rondo Stage at Hallie Q. Brown is a destination space during Northern Spark 2019, offering a rich sample of the talent, skill and legacy of artistic excellence coming from this historic and diverse community.

Tish Jones is a cultural practitioner born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a passion for poetry, Hip Hop, youth development and black liberation. Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks and Co-Festival Director of Brave New Voices, Jones’ work centers those most often rendered invisible, provides platforms and creates spaces to cultivate the voices of historically marginalized communities so they can be heard and utilizes culturally relevant pedagogy – specifically Hip Hop pedagogy – as a tool for social transformation, liberation and education.

June 14th Rondo Stage:
9pm – Open Mic
10pm – Sheronda Orridge
10:30pm – Be Heard MN
11pm – Queen Drea
11:30pm – Cyborg’s Cypher
12am – Juice Lord
12:30am – Yevrah
1am – Destiny Roberts
1:30am – Ashley Dubose
2pm – End of Show

(DJ Adrian Perryman)

June 15th Rondo Stage:
9pm – Open Mic
10pm – Chava Gabrielle (Saint Paul Youth Poet Laureate)
10:30pm – Hawona Janzen + Clarence White
11pm – Davu Seru
11:30pm – Roosevelt Mansfield
12am – Terrence Shambley Jr.
12:30am – Desdamona
1am – Glo Pesci
1:30am – Jamela Pettiford
2am – End of Show

(DJ Adrian Perryman)


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9pm - 2am each night


Tish Jones
(b.) Saint Paul
(works) International