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Independence Day at the Walker Sculpture Garden

5 Jul

DSC_5823 largeHaley Bonar is moving on. Her show in the Walker Sculpture Garden on the 4th was a final hurrah, as she packed up and moved to Portland, Oregon today. She spent much of the show with her excellent backing band of prominent local musicians, including Jacob Hanson (brother of Tape Jeremy Hanson) on guitar, Bill Mike (a man with a Band) on bass and Luke Anderson on drums entertaining the crowd the laidback crowd with her sweet voice and folk-country sound. The band moved through group material with an easy sway, sounding lighter and breezier than the muggy air and overcast sky.

Haley Bonar- Green Eyed Boy- Walker Scupture Garden 7/4/2009 from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

But it was when she played solo that the poignancy of these last moments became apparent. As she announced her departure to the crowd, she was quick to add that she didnt know how long the move would last. Bonar came from South Dakota, but has spent eight years here in Minneapolis. After the jaunty, tongue in cheek fun of “Bad For You”, she played “Am I Allowed?”, a song she noted was the first song she wrote when she moved to Minnesota. With the final refrain a touching good-bye, Bonar sang out, “I want the world to know that I still love you, that I still love you.”

Haley Bonar- Am I Allowed?- Walker Sculpture Garden 7/4/2009 from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

You can see Staciaann’s slide show for City Pages here.

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Rapper M.anifest was also on hand to provide some more verve to the proceedings, and the energetic MC with the upbeat disposition did his best to keep the crowd moving and happy despite the impending rain. He was joined on stage by Krukid– the two MC together form A.R.M., or African Rebel Movement. And isn’t what that is what freedom is all about- being able to move, to sing about change, have an singer-songwriter on the same bill as African transplant rappers and live it up outdoors?

M.anifest + Krukid- Delilah- Walker Sculpture Garden 7/4/2009 from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

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