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This sunday we play the Lyn Lake Street Festival in uptown.  You should go.  Seriously…

http://lynlakestreetfestival.com/

(photo stolen from City Pages coverage of last years shindig – Love you CP, don’t be mad.)

I love Grand Old Days. I love St. Paul. Thanks to everyone who came out.









Heiruspecs is going to be featuring a lot of the great music that has come out of CentralHigh School on the radio in advance of their scholarship appearance. We are especially interested in hearing from Central students or Central graduates who are in the know. If you have audio and/or recommendations, please send them along to eric@heiruspecs.com

More details on when and where to tune in are soon to come!

On Thursday January 28 from 6-8 Twinkie Jiggles and Trivia Mafia will invade the Fifth Element in Uptown to run hip-hop trivia.

Pabst Blue Ribbon and Caffrey’s Sandwich will also be providing some fantastic prizes and consideration. Get ready for a hip-hop specific image round, sound round, hip-hop charades and tons of great hip-hop history questions. Twinkie’s certainly got the goods to run this bad boy down, he teaches a hip-hop history course at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul and if you press pause at the 55th minute and 23rd second of Krush Groove you can see Twinkie eating a calzone in the back of the All You Can Eat Sbarro Montage with the Disco Three. We’ll see you there at 6PM!

Dessa and Heiruspecs have been working together for over 3 years and this Friday marks a special night in their history of collaboration. Dessa’s new quartet featuring Josh and Twinkie of Heiruspecs will be playing alongside Dessa at the release show for new record, “A Badly Broken Code”. Her band will be reinterpreting Dessa tunes from her entire career and the show is going to be wonderful. After being offered a tremendous amount of hummus, red wine and Kool G. Rap CDs Dessa shared these kind words about playing with Heiruspecs.

“Some of the best moments in my musical career have been made possible by the instrumentalists of Heiruspecs. I’ve long considered myself lucky to have found such talented, sharp, funny and kind players who are willing to join me on stage. In rehearsals, it’s all I can do to stay focused on the task at hand–I’m so often distracted by the beauty of the music they play that I’ll forget to sing. Every performance with players of Heiruspecs constitutes a great privilege.” – Dessa 

attached photo of Twinkie stealing Doomtree’s backstage spread at Doomtree Blowout V

Dessa CD Release Party for “A Badly Broken Code”

The Fine Line

Friday January 22

With Jeremy Messersmith, Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger and Special Guests

9PM

The live hip-hop band Heiruspecs – one of the most successful bands to come out of St. Paul Central High School – has joined forces with the Saint Central High School Foundation to create a scholarship fund at the school. Heiruspecs will stage a benefit on behalf of this important new fund at the St. Paul Central auditorium at 7pm on Thursday February 25.

Saint PaulCentralHigh School has graduated a lot of great groups and individuals since they first opened in 1866. The arts have also been revered and celebrated at Central, a rarity in this day for an urban public high school. This commitment to arts education has helped make Central a fertile breeding ground for some of Minnesota’s finest artists. Central arts programs have helped launched the careers of some of the finest names in music including Mint Condition, The Abstract Pack, Mayda Miller and many others. The live hip-hop group Heiruspecs is honored to be a part of this great tradition. In the hopes of continuing and fortifying this great tradition Heiruspecs is hosting a concert to raise funds for an annual college scholarship they are launching in partnership with the St. Paul Central Foundation. The first awards will be presented at the Scholarship awards ceremony in the Spring of 2010 at St. Paul Central.
On Thursday February 25 St. Paul Central will open its auditorium to a large-scale concert by Heiruspecs and their extended family. We are calling on all of our friends and collaborators to help us make this the biggest event in Heiruspecs’s twelve-year history. The group started in 1997 in the basement of St. Paul Central where Chris ‘Felix’ Wilbourn and Sean ‘Twinkie Jiggles’ McPherson met up with Red Freeberg’s advanced recording program. Soon Heiruspecs was a group full of horns, drums, emcees and youthful energy-sharing members from the more traditional band program upstairs and was making connections with Jan Mandell’s Touring Theater Program as well. After class and on the weekends Heiruspecs was filling Central’s Black Box Theater and networking with the larger Minnesota music scene. A few short years after Heiruspecs’ time at Central they were a national touring entity signed to a Sony/BMG subsidiary and sharing stages with Ja Rule, Cake, Lyrics Born, the White Stripes and many others. During this time Heiruspecs also cemented into a permanent group of six, all of whom are proud former students of St. PaulCentralHigh School. The scholarship concert will feature many guests from their long history, strongly leaning on their fellow St. Paul Central alums to help make the event special. An announcement of featured guests and opening acts will be released in early January.
Heiruspecs is pleased to be partnering with the Saint Paul Central High School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which will function as the fiscal agent for this scholarship effort. As stated in their materials, one of the Foundation’s is to provide financial assistance to recent graduates pursuing post-secondary education. The Heiruspecs scholarships will focus on students with demonstrated artistic interests. Donations may be made online at centralhighschoolfoundation.org. Please write “Heiruspecs Scholarship” in the “designate my donation” field. 100% of the profits from the ticket sales will also be donated to the Saint Paul Central High School Foundation. Heiruspecs and the Saint Paul Central High School Foundation will announce the amount raised for the scholarships after their fundraising campaign is completed in early March.

The Heiruspecs Scholarship Fund Concert:
Thursday February 25, 2010
7PM Central High School Auditorium
275 Lexington Parkway NorthSt. Paul, MN
$16 – general admission
$10 – students (K-12 and college)

centralhighschoolfoundation.org
heiruspecs.com

About Heiruspecs:
Heiruspecs is a live hip-hop band from St. Paul, MN. The group was formed in 1997 in St. Paul. As important architects of the Minnesota hip-hop scene Heiruspecs made a name for themselves on the underground touring circuit through legendary songs and collaborations. Heiruspecs has released 4 full-length records and has toured the United States numerous times, sharing stages and vans with Ja Rule, Lyrics Born, Cake, Tre Hardson, The White Stripes and many others. The group’s music has been featured on MTV’s Diddy’s Making the Band, the Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle Soundtrack, Roswell and VH1’s Behind The Music. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also officially decreed December 22, 2007 as Heiruspecs Day in recognition of their decade long career.

For more information please contact:
Sean McPherson
651.815.4138//s

BIG THINGS TOMORROW!!!!

As you probably know by now, we have a big show tomorrow night at the Triple Rock as presented by The Current.   Ill Chemistry, MPLS Dub Ensemble and DJ Bill Caperton are lined up to open.  There are 2 shows.

Confirmed special guests for our set:
Desdamona, Bill Caperton, Dessa, New MC, Danami, Lioness, Mastermind of G.O.B.

5pm – ALL AGES

9PM – 21+

Presale  tickets available at 5th Element(http://www.fifthelementonline.com/) , Triple Rock (http://triplerocksocialclub.com/) and Indietickets (http://www.indietickets.com/tickets/customer/home.php)

NOTE – 21+ PRESALE TICKETS AT 5TH ELEMENT ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT AS OF 12/24.

Heiruspecs is in the press at the moment….

The Onion calls Small Steps the best of the decade here:
http://www.avclub.com/twincities/articles/the-decade-in-local-music-2002,36271/

Also, we’re in the Star Tribune in a story where they feel we’re still the kink of the live band/hip-hop hill in the Twin Cities.  Thanks!
http://www.vita.mn/event_detail.php?event_id=86185&elr=KArksD:aDyaEP:kD:aUt:aDyaEP:kD:aUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aU5PaEk:1cuU

and…………………………

It’s a holiday for many of you so I’ll keep this one short.  Here’s a video of us playing at Sauce Soundbar a few months back.  Good times.

Heiruspecs are no stranger to The Whole Music club. Heiruspecs has been back in the studio crafting what is shaping up to be the most personal, honest and though-out record of their career. The currently untitled full-length is slated for a September release.

Black Blondie are four friends bounded by a common love for creating music. Coming from diverse artistic backgrounds, they have created a musical experience that is uniquely their own. Soul, hip-hop, funk, jazz, they pull influences from everywhere.

Picked by the readers of the City Pages as one of the “Best New Bands” of 2007, MC/VL has had a great response after the releases of the “Jaws” EP and “Stance” LP

U of M student tickets now available, purchase them online now. General sales begin Friday, November 20.

Coffman Memorial Union, The Whole.

Dec 11: Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm.
Free.

This is a video flyer.

Between Luther and Fargo, Twinkie, Muad’dib and I stopped by the 331 club and had some fancy drinks.  Bloody Mary’s for them, and a Mamosa for me.

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Then back on the road.  (Drink responsibly and know your limits)

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Fargo ND 9-26 007Vintage style cash box…

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We’ve been around this block before so we already knew it’d be fun.  Jade brought us up again and low and behold, it was a rap show.

Fargo ND 9-26 021These guys didn’t even bother to stick around for the whole show so I don’t mind talking a little shit here.  I can’t believe rappers are still singing along to their album tracks!  Please stop lip syncing!

Still, I’m grateful and appreciative of the energy and it sounds like your mixtape is probably going to bang.  Just get your show right.

Then….

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and after Big Quarters…

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Fargo ND 9-26 037^^^^I know, I know, I know….. blurry again^^^^

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Oh, and by the way, we have all this stuff at EVERY SHOW.  Sometimes more!  Right now the 10 years strong hoodies are just 20 dollars if you pick one up at a show.  (I’ll be working on the online ordering part of this stuff soon)

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Meeting new people is half the fun.  Friends of friends become just friends.

I didn’t forget your picture!

Fargo ND 9-26 045Oh snap!  Is that a new TMF Opposition shirt?

A big special thanks has to go to Rob, who was the soundman for the nights show.  He made Peter’s kick drum sound magical.  Rick Ruben would have applauded.  Rob is part of a band which can be found here –> http://www.myspace.com/battlefieldsdoom

THANKS ROB!!!

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