“Live at Red Herring” A Major Success!

Jenna Thomforde
jthomforde@css.edu

On Saturday, Feb 18, the Red Herring hosted a unique event that attracted St. Scholastica students as well as community members. The “Live at Red Herring” hip-hop festival was the launch event of Minniaux, a multimedia platform showcasing local and regional artists through events, interviews, and concerts founded by CSS student Semaj Moore and others. The concert had 8 artists performing, some from the Twin Ports, but most from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

The event was originally a Black Student Union event, but as BSU president Emma Myles explains, “A couple weeks before the event we were notified that the Black Student Union could not be affiliated with this event because we did not use any senate funds and it was off-campus. We decided the company [Minniaux] would host the event and donate the profits to the club.” She also included that “The event was super successful thanks to our sponsors, the Red Herring, the artists, and everyone who supported us.”

The first artist to take the stage was JaySoCreative, followed by the Lioness. Both women performed at “Women in Hip Hop” at CSS last year. Student 1, Why Kalique, Jay Hollywood, and Destiny Roberts followed the first two acts. Every artist brought energy and passion to the stage through their music. A fan favorite was Student 1, whose quirky style attracted the attention of the crowd. The collaborative nature of the event was really remarkable. Before and after their individual performances, most of the artists were front row supporting their fellow performers. The venue was small enough that the main stage atmosphere felt comfortable, but still electrified.

Jay Hollywood, an artist based out of St. Paul, had never performed in Duluth before, but was happy to be part of the event.

“Coming up to Duluth was an incredible experience! The people welcomed my family and I with open arms… Everyone supported each artist and that was great to see.”

Due to heavy advertising at CSS and in the community, the turnout exceeded Moore’s expectations. The hip-hop scene in Duluth isn’t as strong as cities like Minneapolis, but over 100 people were in attendance. For Moore, this was “one of the best nights of his life.” This show was a big step for the newly founded music platform.

Moore was understandably excited and said “Having my hometown artists, friends, and family there was wild to me. Life changing.”

This event was entirely organized and funded by CSS students, and it was a big success. Students are excited for future Minniaux events in the Duluth and Minneapolis/St. Paul areas, if they are as fun as this hip-hop festival was!