Thursdays on First: Rapper's lighter touch is positive development


Thursdays on First & Third has been canceled for today.

Minneapolis-based rapper Desdamona   was scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.


A Minneapolis native, Desdamona is a versatile performer known for her spoken word and hip-hop performances. Her sound flits between the sounds of classic Twin Cities hip-hop, reggae and soul, while her lyrics champion the noble causes of love and positivity.

Her fidelity to the sounds and cadences of the Twin Cities hip-hop scene is on full display in the music video for her 2011 single "The Comeback," a bombastic call-to-arms that finds Desdamona rhyming in a style heavily reminiscent of Brother Ali. "Hopesick," her latest track, was inspired by a piece of graffiti and takes a lighter sonic approach while Desdamona raps on the nature of life and growth.


She does break free from the oftentimes heavy-handed sound of the Twin Cities. Her Reverb Nation page ( ) features a pair of remixes by legendary reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and her talents are featured in K-Mart's latest back-to-school advertisement, ( ), where she spits bars about kids apparel while dressed as a lunch lady (she's the one in blue, according to her Twitter feed).

For more information, head over to her Facebook page, .

This week's music:

-- Campion String Quartet , classical, 5 p.m. Peace Plaza stage

-- The Voice That Lied , Blues/rock duo, 5 p.m. First Avenue stage

-- Mathew Tembo & AfroRoots , Zambian Afro-pop, 7 p.m. Peace Plaza stage

-- Desdamona , hip-hop/soul/indie, 7 p.m. First Avenue stage

If you go


Aug. 28 bands:  Thomas & the Shakes, The Listings, Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, Enemy Planes.

Street market: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. First Avenue Southwest from the Peace Plaza to Third Street Southwest, downtown Rochester

Admission: Free

Music programmed in partnership with Rochester Downtown Alliance and Riverside Concerts.

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