Recipients in Tornado Recovery Efforts to Be Awarded

TWIN CITIES — July 12, 2011 — Eight community organizations working on the tornado recovery effort in North Minneapolis will receive funding from a June 12, 2011, benefit concert at the Hennepin Theatre Trust State Theatre on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. The event will take place at Noon at the North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center (1711 West Broadway Minneapolis, MN 55411/ 612-588-9484).

NorthSide: A Twin Cities Community Benefit raised more than $100,000 with hard cash and ticket sale contributions of $26,600.00 and in-kind donations of more than $80,000.00. Funds are still coming in — and more donations can be made through the organization’s website at

More than 200 musicians, from Soul Asylum to Brother Ali and Sounds of Blackness to The New Standards, donated their time and waived their fees to make the event happen, plus many behind-the-scenes individuals and organizations, including the State Theatre, which was donated pro bono by the Hennepin Theatre Trust (See About the Northside Benefit Organization).

“Without a nickel in our pockets, our small group and our benefit partners successfully organized the Northside: A Twin Cities Community Benefit at the State Theatre on June 12th, 2011, and raised funds that will go directly to the organizations that are assisting residents of North Minneapolis on a daily bases,” says benefit co-organizer and artist Larry Long.

“Due to the enormity of the destruction to so many people’s lives in North Minneapolis — and the generosity of so many individuals and organizations — it was very difficult for us decide upon where our funds could be put to the most use,” Long notes. “We walked the streets of North Minneapolis.   We talked to displaced renters and homeowners.  We attended meetings and visited with many of the nonprofit organizations assisting the displaced people on the north side.   We weren’t able to fund them all, even though each of them is well-deserving.”

Recipients of NorthSide Benefit Funding Charitable dollars will go directly to nonprofit organizations whose missions are to provide shelter, food, medical services, counseling, child care, utility assistance, youth mentoring and employment opportunities to the residents of North Minneapolis. The recipients include:

  • North Community YMCA for opening up their facility to tornado victims and giving free memberships to those hardest hit by the tornado. The North Community YMCA is known for working with and not simply doing for those in their community.
  • Elim Transitional Housing for answering the call of giving transitional housing to displaced renters and homeowners.
  • Urban Homeworks for their faith-based and practical innovative community development that works in partnership with low income families to produce dignified housing through developing a strategic network of good neighbors.
  • EMERGE— on behalf of the Northside Community Response Team (NCRT)— to specifically employ over 150 North Minneapolis youth and 13 adults to work on north side community beautification crews for 4-7 weeks during the summer of 2011.
  • God’s Prayer Center for giving food, shelter, and counseling to the hardest hit on the North Side.
  • Sweetie Pie Urban Farming for creating organic community gardens with North Minneapolis youth.
  • At Home Group for their willingness to establish a Northside Relief Transportation Fund to buy month long bus passes for tornado victims in need of getting to work, visiting family, or traveling to and from the North Community YMCA.
  • iRelief (aka for effectively keeping the entire Minneapolis community informed on how to be of help to those directly hit by the tornado through their Facebook site:  Mpls Tornado. Plus, for directly organizing large food drives and benefits for the victims.

About the Northside Benefit Organization

The core organizing team for the Northside include: Arlana Vaughan, Sara Renner, Tonia Hughes, Catherine Reid Day, Claire Chamberlin,  Stuart Paster, Martin Keller, LeeAnn Weimar, and Larry Long.

Contributing organizations and businesses include:  Hennepin Theatre Trust, The State Theatre, Local Union 13 IATSE, Community Celebration of Place, Cordset Manufacturing,  Smart Set, Inc.,  Loring Theater, Planet Claire Creative, Media Savant Communications Co., Storyslices, AVA Special Events, and the Minneapolis Foundation.

Artists, Emcees and Media Partners:

  • Sounds of Blackness
  • Soul Asylum
  • Brother Ali
  • Robert Robinson
  • Larry Long
  • Joyful Noize
  • Tonia Hughes
  • Billy McLaughlin Group
  • Toki Wright
  • Sara Renner
  • The TC Jammers: Featuring Jeanne, Patty, Jason and Paul Peterson
  • Jamecia Bennett
  • Cameron Wright
  • The New Standards
  • Dean Magraw
  • Prudence Johnson
  • GB Leighton
  • Brittany Delaney
  • Van Nixon
  • DJ Freddy Fresh
  • Darnell Davis and the Remnant
  • Kerri Noble
  • Ginger Commodore
  • Thomasina Petrus
  • Emcees T. Mychael Rambo, Robyne Robinson, Angela Davis (WCCO-TV)
  • Media Partners: KMOJ, Cities 97, The Current, 96.3, KBEM, KFAI

Help Us Celebrate Our Success This Wednesday

Without a nickel in our pockets we came together—musicians, artists, activists, workers—and organized the Northside: A Twin Cities Community Benefit at the State Theatre on June 12th, 2011.  Through the concert at the State Theatre and online donations to the Hennepin Theatre Trust on behalf of Northside Relief, we were able to raise a considerable amount of money to help the victims of the tornado in North Minneapolis!

To celebrate, we are hosting a press conference at noon this Wednesday, July 13th, at the North Community YMCA – where we will announce the nine recipients of the Northside Relief funds.

North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center
1711 West Broadway Minneapolis, MN 55411


We wanted to let you know with the hope that you might be able to attend.

Artist Line-up for the Benefit Concert

  • Robyne Robinson (emcee), with assistance from Angela Davis (WCCO TV) and T. Mychael Rambo, along with deejays from KMOJ, Cities 97, The Current, 96.3, KBEM-FM, others

Brother Ali, New Standards, Paris and Jamecia Bennett Added to Line-up


Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3 at State Theater Box Office and Ticketmaster; 500 seats being held for affected Northside residents


The line-up of Twin Cities recording artists, emcees and behind-the-scenes help continues to build for the “Northside: A Twin Cities Community Benefit.” Northside hopes to raise $100,000 for those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by the recent May 22 tornado. 500 tickets will be held for Northside residents affected by the storm. Distribution logistics are being worked out.

Many volunteers have stepped forward and all talent is being donated for the concert, including event coordination, media work and other tasks.

Northside: A Twin Cities Community Benefit will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s State Theatre Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 3 and range in price from $26.50 to $101.50 depending on seating preference. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $251.50.
All prices include applicable facility fees. Additional service charges may apply. Tickets may be purchased in person at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55402), online at, or by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center.
New artists announced today to the bill include: Brother Ali, one of the leading hip-hop artists from the Rhymesayers Entertainment group; The New Standards, a jazzy pop trio that remakes classic rock and jazz tunes; American Idol finalist Paris Bennett and former Sounds of Blackness singer Jamecia Bennett; hip-hop and spoken word artist Toki Wright; jazz singers, guitarist Dean Magraw; Prudence Johnson and Ginger Commodore; the legendary Peterson Family with Jeanne Arland Peterson, Patty, Paul and Jason; the renowned TC Jammers; emcee T. Mychael Rambo; rocker Brian (GB) Leighton; gospel group Darnell Davis and The Remnant; singer Thomasina Petrus; Joyful Noize, gospel youth choir; and WCCO TV s Angela Davis (emcee).

View a full list of performers here.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 — Doors open at 4:00 p.m.; Concert starts at 5:00 p.m. until TBD

The State Theater (805 Hennepin Ave; Minneapolis, MN 55402); (Information Line at 612-339-7007), which has graciously offered its performance space and staff.


An estimated 5,000 homes have been destroyed or in need of serious repair on the Northside and hundreds have been displaced.

CONTACT: Martin Keller, Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585,

More Concert Details

Northside: A Twin Cities Community Benefit will be held on June 12, 2011, at the State Theatre. Doors will open at 4pm and music will start at 5pm. Tickets start at $25 and will go on sale this Friday, June 3, through the State Theatre’s website and at their box office, and through Ticketmaster.

Announced – Northside Benefit Concert

On May 22, 2011, a large tornado ripped through North Minneapolis, destroying or seriously damaging an estimated 5,000 homes and displacing residents.

Local musicians from across the Twin Cities and Minnesota are coming together for a BENEFIT CONCERT to help raise money for those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected.

  • Sounds of Blackness
  • Soul Asylum
  • Robert Robinson
  • Larry Long
  • Tonia Hughes
  • Billy McLaughlin
  • Sara Renner
  • Billy and Paul Peterson
  • Cameron Wright
  • Prudence Johnson
  • Robyne Robinson

We’re still finalizing the line-up. Check back for more details.

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