July 17, 2013

I will be doing my entire 3.5 hour set from the confines of a 700-gallon dunk tank wrapped in chains and 2 strait-jackets: a Q&A with Mike Mictlan

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Mike Mictlan, Courtesy doomtree.net

Mike Mictlan, Courtesy doomtree.net

Could you tell us a little bit about your connection to Minneapolis and/or the West Bank Specifically?

I moved to Minneapolis 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA. But I’ve been visiting since the mid-80’s. I met most of Doomtree by 1999. Since I’ve been living in Minneapolis I’ve stayed many places along Franklin from the corners of Hennepin and Franklin to Park and Franklin. I’ve had close friends who have lived on the West Bank who’s apartment I’ve couch-surfed even while having my own place, like my homegirl Sarah Rainbowz above WB Market and my fellow Doug Lifer the West-Bank Fashion Week guru himself Minnesota Vice’s old headquarters was on seven-corners above Super Bazaar and was always a virtuous retreat after a long Tuesday night at Triple Rock/Nomad or a random afternoon before breakfast drinks at Palmer’s.

What’s your favorite (bar, restaurant, venue or store) on the West Bank?

Does Bobby & Steve’s count as the West Bank? If not, then right now I’d say Palmers. I really love that place. They pour em’ heavy and when I really wanna relax that’s where I go. Also shout out The Weinery, West Bank Market, the samboosa that I get at the spot I always see the homie Luke Elex OVRBNDNC at, and once again the upstairs loung area at Bobby & Steves Auto World.

Do you have a festival horror story you’d like to share? (Horrible fans? Horrible weather? People love a tragedy.) 

I played this huge festival called Kanrocksas in a speedway with a buncha groups like Flaming Lips, Ween, Primus, Kid Kudi, Eminem and million more. And they had a huge inflatable water slide there that me and Stef were going in on and….. I lost half of my favorite necklace that was made out of a bronze dipped snake’s vertebrae. Total Tragedy.

Can you tell us anything special about the set you plan to play at the festival, or anything exciting for for folks to look forward to?

I will be doing my entire 3.5 hour set from the confines of a 700-gallon dunk tank wrapped in chains and 2 strait-jackets. Unfortunately for the kids I will be lip syncing but c’mon now, we’re talking Near Death Live Performance. Latest rage.

What other Music Festivals/Local Events are you looking forward to this year?


What other artist on the lineup are you looking forward to seeing perform?

Always a pleasure to be sharing the stage with the legend Brother Ali. I first saw him rap in 1999 when he battled Carnage at Bon Appetit Headspin. He is an explosive yet loud and clear live rapper. Also, I will be at the Red Sea hopefully catching Haphduzn’s set.

Any message you’d like to send along to Festival attendees? 

My set is dedicated to my little brother the late great BLK WZRD “Free-One” Abdulle Elmi. And Thank You to the many years of West Bank Culture and the diversity of life it’s accumulated and to it’s future evolution.

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Comprised of music, theatre, visual art and more, the West Bank Music Festival is a celebration of the richly diverse culture of the West Bank Minneapolis community. Proceeds from the festival go towards supporting the West Bank Business Association, which supports the area year-round. This year’s Festival will be held on August 17, 2013 – save the date!



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