Rondo Community Music Series

Sponsored by The Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts

October – December 2021

We are so excited for this year’s lineup for The Rondo Community Music Series! We have moved to virtual music performances so that we can continue social distancing protocols.

RSVP today, for the Rondo Community Music Series and be sure to tell a friend: crowdcast.io/walkerwest

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/our-music-school-community/how-to-donate/


Upcoming Events

December 3, 2021: Tish Jones

Tish Jones is a poet, performer, and educator. She has a passion for hip-hop, spoken word and youth development through the arts, being Founder and Executive Director of TurArtSpeaks. Tish has performed at the Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, and the Cedar Cultural Center. Tish will be joined by top local musicians.

RSVP for the performance on Crowdcast

Learn more about Tish Jones

December 18, 2021: Malamanya

Malamanya is a Twin Cities based band of musicians who share a mutual respect and enthusiasm for traditional rhythms and melodies from the Caribbean and Latin America. Their onstage energy and composition reflect the communal, complex, and celebratory spirit prevalent in these musical genres.

RSVP for the performance on Crowdcast

Learn more about Malamanya


Past Events

November 20, 2021: Duncan & Robinson

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

November 6, 2021: LA Buckner Band

Watch the reply 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 The Rondo Community & This Music 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, and fracturing Rondo’s identity as a cultural center.

With the support of the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts the series is back for year two. Though we’re unable to gather in person, the virtual format opens up the magic of this series to a wider audience.

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.