Rondo Community Music Series

Sponsored by The Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts

September 2022 – February 2023

We’re excited for the 2022 Rondo Community Music Series, sponsored by the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts. This year’s lineup features more of our talented faculty, and more concert dates for you to join. 

All shows begin at 7pm | Full lineup and RSVP info below. Once they have aired, concerts will be available to rewatch anytime. Continue down the page to save your spot for upcoming dates and to rewatch your favorite shows.

These concerts are free to attend, however your support makes our mission for music education possible. To support our work by making a one-time or monthly donation visit: walkerwest.org/donate

There are limited spots for in-person attendance at for the 2022-23 series concerts. If you plan to attend in person, contact Libby Turner at libby@walkerwest.org, or by calling/texting 651-263-3831. Please include what concert you’d like to attend.


Upcoming Dates

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Felix James

Saturday, February 4, 2023 – Save your spot to watch online

Don’t miss this special Black History Month performance and Felix’s first appearance in the series.

In order to watch with us in our virtual music hall, be sure to click ‘Save My Spot’ when you get to Crowdcast, to get updates about this show, including a reminder just before show begins.

In order to attend in person, use the button below to contact Libby Turner or call/text 651-263-3831. Please include what concert you’d like to attend. (In-person attendance is limited).


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Jacob Dodd

Saturday, February 11, 2023  – Save your spot to watch online

During Black History Month, catch this wonderful performance from Walker|West Teaching & Performance artists, Jacob Dodd. This is Jacob’s first performance for this series. 

Minnesota native, Jacob Dodd graduated from Jackson State University in 2013 with a BA in Piano Performance. During his undergrad years Jacob was a member of the iconic Sonic Boom of the South marching band, even becoming a saxophone section leader for multiple years. 

After graduation, Jacob quickly transitioned into his music career by returning to his home state becoming assistant music director at his home church in St. Paul, MN. After a few years, he is became the Minister of Music. He also started to become a collaborative musician by accompanying and piloting a piano program for a nonprofit children’s chorus called “ComMUSICation,” for youth in his community. 

Jacob also has collaborated with an eclectic background of artists such as Stokley, Dottie Peoples, “The Voice” Jesse Larson, and Kierra Sheard, to name a few.Jacob currently teaches private/school partnership group piano lessons of a wide range musical styles, and freelances with local/internationally acclaimed musicians across the Twin Cities. He also has done some piano instruction at Minneapolis College.

In order to watch with us in our virtual music hall, be sure to click ‘Save My Spot’ when you get to Crowdcast, to get updates about this show, including a reminder just before show begins.

In order to attend in person, use the button below to contact Libby Turner or call/text 651-263-3831. Please include what concert you’d like to attend. (In-person attendance is limited).


Rewatch Concerts anytime

Give Get Sistet

This concert aired on September 9th, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Selby Ave Brass Band ft. Thomasina Petrus

This concert aired on September 24th, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Kevin Washington and RA Spirit

This concert aired on October 21st, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Tower of Power Horns

This concert aired on October 29th, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Jack Breen

This concert aired on November 12th, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Duncan & Robinson

This concert aired on November 19th, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Jack Barrett

This concert aired on December 3rd, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Malamanya

This concert aired on December 10th, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


Minneapolis String Project

This concert aired on January 13th, press play to watch, rewatch and share anytime.


2021 Series Concerts

December 18, 2021: Malamanya

Watch the replay of the ‘Malamanya’ performance on Crowdcast

December 3, 2021: Tish Jones

Watch the replay of the ‘Tish Jones’ performance on Crowdcast

November 20, 2021: Duncan & Robinson

Watch the replay of the ‘Duncan & Robinson’ performance on Crowdcast

November 6, 2021: LA Buckner Band

Watch the replay of the ‘LA Buckner Band’ performance on Crowdcast

October 9th, 2021: PaviElle French
Watch the replay of the ‘PaviElle French’ performance on Crowdcast

October 15, 2021: Selby Avenue Brass Band, featuring Thomasina Petrus
Watch the replay of the ‘Selby Ave Brass Band’ performance on Crowdcast

October 29, 2021: Kevin Washington Quintet
Watch the replay of the ‘RA SPIRIT (Kevin Washington Quintet)’ performance on Crowdcast

2020 Series Concerts

We Are King – Friday September 11
Watch the replay of the ‘We Are King’ Performance on Crowdcast or on Facebook.

Babatunde Lea – Saturday October 10
Watch the replay of the ‘Babatunde Lea’ performance on Crowdcast or on Facebook.

Roy Hargrove Tribute (re-broadcast) – Saturday October 17
Watch the replay of the ‘Roy Hargrove Tribute (re-broadcast)’ performance on Crowdcast or Facebook.

Kevin Washington – Saturday October 24
Watch the replay of the ‘Kevin Washington Quintet’ performance on Crowdcast or Facebook.

DeSean Jones – Saturday, November 7
Watch the replay of the De’Sean Jones performance on Crowdcast or Facebook.

Ashley DuBose – Saturday, December 5
Watch the replay of the Ashley DuBose performance on Crowdcast or Facebook.

Duncan & Robinson – Saturday, December 12
Watch the replay of the Duncan & Robinson performance on Crowdcast or Facebook.


About this Series:

Beginning in the 1910s and 1920s, the Rondo Community experienced a social and cultural boom. Music and theater flourished. African-American churches, businesses, and schools set down roots, creating a strong community.  The construction of Interstate 94 between 1956 and 1968 cut the community in half, displacing over 700 residents –fracturing Rondo’s identity as a cultural center. 

The Rondo Community Music Series was created to celebrate the community were Walker|West was born, and to offer our contribution to the musical and cultural boom of the Historic Rondo / Summit-University area. For 3 years we’ve offered world-class musicianship, sensational vocalists, poignant poets, and more! 

With the support of the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts the series is back for year 3. We will still offer the opportunity to watch (and re-watch) these shows virtually, with some opportunities to gather in-person.

Mission: Walker|West creates a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music.

Support programming like this with a gift to Walker|West: https://walkerwest.org/donate/