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Landmark to Lowertown: JT Bates and friends to open new concert series at Bedlam Lowertown

JT Bates at Icehouse. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

Drummer JT Bates will help kick off a new concert series, Landmark to Lowertown, over the lunch hour on Friday, Oct. 10 at Bedlam Theatre in St. Paul. He will be joined by Jeremy Ylvisaker and Jim Anton.

Nicknamed L2L and sponsored by the American Composers Forum, the series was created to enrich St. Paul’s art scene by connecting local music with audiences in untraditional surroundings—from downtown food truck lines to Landmark Center yoga sessions. By mixing different arts and cultural experiences, the series looks to introduce the city’s street life to people who might not be familiar with it.

Bates, an influential drummer who has helped to carve out a place for improvisational artists in the Twin Cities, has ties to local bands including Alpha Consumer, Fat Kid Wednesdays, and the Pines. Alpha Consumer guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker and bassist Jim Anton will join him at Bedlam’s Green-Line-friendly space for a set of jazz music.

All L2L shows are free and open to the public. Here is the lineup for 2015:

January 28 at noon: Nona Marie of Dark Dark Dark, bandmate Fletcher Barnhill, and yoga instructor Alyssa Hill will hold a live music and yoga session at the Landmark Center.

April: Jazz percussionist Davu Seru and fellow improvising artists Milo Fine and Jack Wright will play at the St. Paul Art Crawl at the Schmidt Artist Lofts.

Summer: Orkestar Bez Ime will bring an Eastern European dance party to Food Truck Wednesday in downtown St. Paul.

Read more about JT Bates and Jeremy Ylvisaker.

Hailey Colwell is a journalism major at the University of Minnesota and a co-director of Theatre Corrobora.