Curiously clutching coats, people wander past the curtains and posters marking Sweet317’s entryway. A live recording of a cellist is playing in the background, as guests wander about, looking at art on the walls while sipping on a drink. When there is a dull roar to the crowd, the lights dim and the musicians settle into a circle in the middle of the 1,500 square foot room. Eric begins by encouraging guests to listen and engage with the show. “Enjoy the art and strangers around you.” Eric Carranza is an artist and music teacher based in the Lowertown district of Saint Paul . In creative endeavors, he has a rich and diverse pool of projects to juggle (batteryboy, Hot Date, Yeti Steady, etc.) much of which you can hear on local radio stations. He is also locally known for his community and art forward events, booking with various twin cities venues as well as the Saint Paul Art Crawl and many others. Eric has begun branding his unique form of live art and music event production. Building close relationships with businesses and artists, he crafts larger shows by working with venues or uses the more intimate environment of his own space, Sweet 317.
Eric's series “Appreciation Shows” is a constantly evolving gallery/venue and home for music and visual art in his Northern Warehouse studio. Providing regularly evolving shows has pumped blood into the community’s First Friday events. A recipient of the Knight Arts Challenge, his mission is to offer a platform for artists, compensation for musicians and provide free art/music shows to the public. Past events have featured music and visual art of various meduim and cultures. His crowds vary in age, ethnicity and social background. Drawing in a diverse art audience may be among the most valuable things Eric has done within his space, his community and his work. . His shows have the pulse of something at a tipping point and demonstrate that art can shake you and make you feel.
Expressing various moods through sound and creating multi-sensory art forward events.
Sweet 317 - Performance Venue/ArtGallery (Founder and curator)
Dia De Los Muertos - Lowertown - Art and Music event
Bedlam Lowertown - Music and Events Curator
End of the Line Block Party - Metro Transit Green Line Launch Celebration
Through All The Windows I Only See Infinity - 2012 Multimedia project
Me as a Pilot - “Quarrels” 2012 LP
Batteryboy - “Up For Air” 2013 LP
Me as a Pilot - “White Room” 2013 EP
Batteryboy - “Minus One Together” Single
The Person and The People - “Big Whoop” 2013 LP
Better Bones - “The American Love Story” 2014 EP
Hot Date - “For Lovers” 2015 LP
LOTT - “Parking On The Grass” 2014 Single
Batteryboy - “Before the Silence Breaks” 2016 LP
Hot Date - “Three Sides to a Story” 2016 EP
Fitness - "Dust" 2017 Single
Fitness - "Touch" 2017 Single
Hot Date - "Spaces" 2017 EP
Excessive - "Flared Opinions" 2017 LP