Heiruspecs is going to be featuring a lot of the great music that has come out of Central High School on the radio in advance of their scholarship appearance. We are especially interested in hearing from Central students or Central graduates who are in the know.
The live hip-hop band Heiruspecs — one of the most successful bands to come out of St. Paul Central High School — has joined forces with the Saint Central High School Foundation to create a scholarship fund at the school. Heiruspecs will stage a benefit on behalf of this important new fund at the St. Paul Central auditorium at 7pm on Thursday February 25.
Saint Paul CentralHigh School has graduated a lot of great groups and individuals since they first opened in 1866. The arts have also been revered and celebrated at Central, a rarity in this day for an urban public high school. This commitment to arts education has helped make Central a fertile breeding ground for some of Minnesota’s finest artists. Central arts programs have helped launched the careers of some of the finest names in music including Mint Condition, The Abstract Pack, Mayda Miller and many others. The live hip-hop group Heiruspecs is honored to be a part of this great tradition. In the hopes of continuing and fortifying this great tradition Heiruspecs is hosting a concert to raise funds for an annual college scholarship they are launching in partnership with the St. Paul Central Foundation. The first awards will be presented at the Scholarship awards ceremony in the Spring of 2010 at St. Paul Central.
On Thursday February 25 St. Paul Central will open its auditorium to a large-scale concert by Heiruspecs and their extended family. We are calling on all of our friends and collaborators to help us make this the biggest event in Heiruspecs’s twelve-year history. The group started in 1997 in the basement of St. Paul Central where Chris ‘Felix’ Wilbourn and Sean ‘Twinkie Jiggles’ McPherson met up with Red Freeberg’s advanced recording program. Soon Heiruspecs was a group full of horns, drums, emcees and youthful energy-sharing members from the more traditional band program upstairs and was making connections with Jan Mandell’s Touring Theater Program as well. After class and on the weekends Heiruspecs was filling Central’s Black Box Theater and networking with the larger Minnesota music scene. A few short years after Heiruspecs’ time at Central they were a national touring entity signed to a Sony/BMG subsidiary and sharing stages with Ja Rule, Cake, Lyrics Born, the White Stripes and many others. During this time Heiruspecs also cemented into a permanent group of six, all of whom are proud former students of St. PaulCentralHigh School. The scholarship concert will feature many guests from their long history, strongly leaning on their fellow St. Paul Central alums to help make the event special. An announcement of featured guests and opening acts will be released in early January.
Heiruspecs is pleased to be partnering with the Saint Paul Central High School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which will function as the fiscal agent for this scholarship effort. As stated in their materials, one of the Foundation’s is to provide financial assistance to recent graduates pursuing post-secondary education. The Heiruspecs scholarships will focus on students with demonstrated artistic interests. Donations may be made online at centralhighschoolfoundation.org. Please write “Heiruspecs Scholarship” in the “designate my donation” field. 100% of the profits from the ticket sales will also be donated to the Saint Paul Central High School Foundation. Heiruspecs and the Saint Paul Central High School Foundation will announce the amount raised for the scholarships after their fundraising campaign is completed in early March.
The Heiruspecs Scholarship Fund Concert:
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Central High School Auditorium
275 Lexington Parkway North
St. Paul, MN
$16 – general admission $10 – students (K-12 and college)
On Thursday January 28 from 6-8 Twinkie Jiggles and Trivia Mafia will invade the Fifth Element in Uptown to run hip-hop trivia.
Pabst Blue Ribbon and Caffrey's Sandwich will also be providing some fantastic prizes and consideration. Get ready for a hip-hop specific image round, sound round, hip-hop charades and tons of great hip-hop history questions. Twinkie's certainly got the goods to run this bad boy down, he teaches a hip-hop history course at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul and if you press pause at the 55th minute and 23rd second of Krush Groove you can see Twinkie eating a calzone in the back of the All You Can Eat Sbarro Montage with the Disco Three. We'll see you there at 6PM!
Dessa and Heiruspecs have been working together for more than three years and this Friday marks a special night in their history of collaboration.
Dessa's new quartet featuring Josh and Twinkie of Heiruspecs will be playing alongside Dessa at the release show for new record, "A Badly Broken Code". Her band will be reinterpreting Dessa tunes from her entire career and the show is going to be wonderful. After being offered a tremendous amount of hummus, red wine and Kool G. Rap CDs Dessa shared these kind words about playing with Heiruspecs.
“Some of the best moments in my musical career have been made possible by the instrumentalists of Heiruspecs. I've long considered myself lucky to have found such talented, sharp, funny and kind players who are willing to join me on stage. In rehearsals, it's all I can do to stay focused on the task at hand--I'm so often distracted by the beauty of the music they play that I'll forget to sing. Every performance with players of Heiruspecs constitutes a great privilege.”
attached photo of Twinkie stealing Doomtree's backstage spread at Doomtree Blowout V Dessa CD Release Party for “A Badly Broken Code” The Fine Line Friday January 22 With Jeremy Messersmith, Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger and Special Guests 9PM