mnSpin, a quarterly music contest for Minnesota musicians. This week listen to a playlist of the three winning tracks by Popcycle, Charles Eichmann and Ellis
March 24, 2008




Popcycle | Mr Rock & Roll

Charles Eichmann | How to Drown

Ellis | Break the Spell

This week listen to a playlist of three winning tracks by Charles Eichmann chosen by Chris Roberts, Ellis chosen by Kate Galloway, and Popcycle chosen by Dessa Darling.

Winning tracks from each contest are selected by panelists from within the music industry. Each week a three-song playlist from the winning submissions will be featured on the and Summit Brewery web sites. Quarterly listening parties at area venues will take place and a compilation CD of music from the yearlong contest will be produced. The first mnSpin listening party, sponsored by Summit Beer, will be held on Saturday, March 22, at the Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Avenue on the West Bank in Minneapolis. The party will feature guest DJs playing the music of contest winners and live entertainment.

mnSpin will also present a series of free professional development workshops for musicians in partnership with the Diverse Emerging Music Organization (D.E.M.O.), Springboard for the Arts, and McNally Smith College of Music. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, March 29, 4–6 pm, at Summit Brewery, 910 Montreal Circle in St. Paul. A party follows the workshop.

Judges for the first series:

Chris Roberts has worked at Minnesota Public Radio as a reporter, producer, and host since 1989. From 1999–2003, Roberts created and hosted MPR's weekly arts program "Word of Mouth." He's currently an arts
reporter for MPR News and host of "The Local Show," a weekly hour-long program devoted to local music on 89.3 The Current. Roberts has received numerous regional and national honors for his work, including awards from the Minnesota Music Academy, the National Association of Black Journalists, Public Radio News Directors Association, Unity Awards, and American Women in Television and Radio. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

Kate Galloway is the Artist & Repertoire Coordinator for Compass Productions, a Minneapolis company that develops compilation and original music CDs for large retailers. She was on the board of directors for the Minnesota Music Academy from 2003–2007, and served various positions including President, Treasurer, and Awards Show Chairperson. She's been involved in the music and entertainment industry for over seven years with projects such as Lili's Burlesque Revue, Nomad World Pub, Voltage Fashion Amplified, and much more.

Dessa is a writer and rapper living in Minneapolis. Most of her songs and essays orbit around family, death, and the heroism involved in being an ordinary person on any given ordinary day. Dessa works with the Doomtree crew, the rowdiest group of best friends ever to start an independent music label. For pictures, music, and performance schedules, visit or

Submission Specifications and Entry Process
Any and all types of music accepted; only three tracks per musician will be reviewed for possible inclusion on the CD. Tracks can be uploaded to artist pages on, and a URL of the page can then be e-mailed to [email protected]. Submissions must come from members. To sign up for membership, visit For assistance with registration or with uploading music tracks, please e-mail [email protected] or call 612.375.7611.

mnSpin is sponsored by, Summit Brewery, Springboard for the Arts, and McNally Smith College of Music.


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