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The final entry in Caponi Art Park’s Summer Performance Series promises to be both energizing and on the cutting edge of art in the Twin Cities.

Electric Machete Studios, a Twin Cities artist-run collective, will bring the work of Latinx and Indigenous art methods to the park starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 18.

Steven Read, Caponi Ark Park’s programming and volunteer director, said this will be the most immersive and expansive Summer Performance Series event yet.

“It’s going to really fill the amphitheater space,” Read said. “We haven’t done a summer performance series that’s as involved or detailed as this is going to be. It’s an experiment for us. We’d like to see if this is the direction we should be going in.”

It’s scheduled to feature music, dance, performances, artwork, art for sale and food.

“One of the performers, Lady Xok, has a unique background where she is of Salvadorian and Norwegian decent; which seems like such a fitting merge of cultures when it comes to Minnesota,” said Kelly Mroczek, Caponi Art Park’s communications and development associate.

Inspired by the original Maya queen, Lady Xøk bleeding from the tongue, pulls from folk roots in Latin American Nueva Cancion and American Blues layered with distortion, minor tones, and storytelling.

Visitors can expect a range of contemporary visual art, music, and comedy by Minnesota Latinx and Native artists and musicians, family-friendly art activities such as live screen-printing and custom sticker making, artist vendors and nonprofit booths.

There are scehduled to be several muscians who use traditional instruments in contemporary music to represent a range of music genres and geographic areas of Turtle Island (North America).

As an example, Curandero uses ceramic flutes in fusion with a DJ.

Curandero is a music project made up of Rico Simon Mendez, Xilam Balam, & Gustavo Lira whose music is a mash-up of Pre-Columbian Indigenous instruments with contemporary electronic elements.

“My hope is that the audience walks away with a greater awareness that issues such as the detention of refugee immigrants, missing murdered indigenous women, and Line 3 oil pipeline are complex interrelated issues for Indigenous peoples from all of Turtle Island regardless of colonial borders,” said Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, who performs under the pseudonym Lady Xøk. “My hope is that the audience walks away with a greater awareness to the interconnectedness of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and to the earth.”

Other performers include The Sampson Brothers, who combine hoop dancing, music, and word to create a multidisciplinary contemporary Native American storytelling; Tito Ybarra, a stand up comedian originally from Red Lake Minnesota; and Bomba Umoya, which features Puerto Rican traditional singing, dancing, and drumming.

While it’s the end of the Summer Performance Series, there will still be several activities at Caponi Art Park in 2019.

As part of the CAP Super Saturday series, Siama and Dallas are scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 24, and Christian Adeti and Titambe West African Dance are scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 14.

Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, the park features a series of interactive events with professional artists. It’s free with a $5 suggested donation.

The CAP Super Saturdays have drawn a large base, Read said.

“I’m proud we’re able to get that program back up and rolling, so we have a program for small children,” Read said. “It’s a fun way to see the park active again.”

Caponi Art Park also introduced “Yoga in the Park” this summer, which was well received.

“That’s something that’s going to be part of what we do around here going forward,” Read said. “It lined up perfectly with the philosophy of Caponi Art Park.”

Two more yoga sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 17 and Aug. 31. It’s $10 per person, and free for those younger than 12.

The second Music + Beer series of the year will feature the Americana band the Dead Horses at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

“They’re one of the most well known bands we’ve had come through here,” Read said. “I’m beside myself excited.”

Blending elements of traditional roots with contemporary indie folk, Dead Horses’ music is both familiar and honest in its portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in its unshakable faith in brighter days to come, according to information from Caponi Art Park.

The opening act, Fletcher Magellan plays what they call “Cosmic Country.”

The Minneapolis-based six-piece draws influence, instruments, and imagery from gospel, R&B, psychedelic rock, along with “both kinds of music (country and western).”

Bald Man Brewing will be on site as well along with a Mexican food truck. Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door. It’s also free for those younger than 12.

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to spread on the grassy slopes.

Organizers are hoping for nice weather.

Another Summer Performance Series concert featuring Siama’s Congo Roots had to be moved to Art Works due to weather in July.

Weather also forced an Annie Mack concert in June to be rescheduled for Sept. 21.

“We’ve learned to adapt,” Read said. “That’s part of life being outside.”

The traditional end of the season for Caponi Art Park is the annual Leaf Fest, which is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Caponi Art Park organizers plan to continue its year-round program “Caponi on the Road,” which was launched last fall.

“We come out to places like schools and senior centers to do an art activity and teach people about the park,” Read said.

Caponi staff members have curriculum for both adult and children workshops.

For more information and for tickets, visit https://www.caponiartpark.org/.

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