The 2021 Mac-Grove Fest will take place on Saturday, September 11! RSVP on our Facebook Page.
The Fest is an all ages, FREE event at the fields at Edgcumbe Rec Center!
Join us on September 11, 2021 to celebrate the businesses, organizations, artists, and residents that make Saint Paul a great place to live, work, learn and play. The fest will be held at the fields at Edgcumbe Rec Center from 11 AM – 4 PM. After this past year, I am sure we are all excited to get out of our houses and reconnect with our community! We are working to ensure that this year’s event will be COVID-safe and follow safety guidelines so that all community members can come and enjoy.
Attendees are encouraged to walk, take public transit, or bike to Mac-Grove Fest.
- Food trucks: Buy tasty treats from local food trucks and vendors.
- Music and dance: Enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day (you are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, hammocks, and more!)
- Arts & Crafts: Look out for the teaching artists on site! Create unique items, learn interesting processes, or engage in a performance piece! (read more about the artists down below!)
- Activities: To be determined.
- Marketplace: Visit local businesses, artists, and organizations in the Marketplace!
Have Fun. Build Community. Together!
Schedule of Events
11AM – School of Rock [stage]
12PM O’Shea Irish Dance [Stage]
1PM Husband Material Trio [Stage]
2PM Maria and the Coins [Stage]
3PM Kashimana Duo [Stage]
11AM-4PM – Art activities, Ballroom Dance Lessons, Face painting, Archery, yard games, food trucks, marketplace, K9 Demos, and more!
More about the 2021 Performers and Activities:
School of Rock is performance-based music education program for all ages, skill levels, and musical aspirations. With students ranging from toddlers to adults, School of Rock is where music students grow into real musicians. The patented School of Rock Method uses programs that are designed to encourage learning in a supportive environment where students of all skill levels are comfortable and engaged. The best part is, they are located right in Macalester-Groveland on Cleveland Ave!
Check out the talented School of Rock students, ages 10-13, live at Mac-Grove Fest at 11am!
O‘Shea Irish Dance is led by director Cormac O’Sé demanding and technical art form of traditional and competitive Irish Step dance where dancers train as artists, musicians, and athletes. Teaching ages three to adult, OID instructors inform the whole dancer to train a healthy body in strength, flexibility, and fitness as well as a healthy mind in confidence, discipline, and performance.
OID will be performing at 12pm – don’t miss it!
Husband Material Trio is a 3-piece band comprised of Kurt Koefod, percussion; Michael Deppe, piano; and Eugene Monnig, guitar. They play new and old tunes from boogie-woogie through the blues, traveling musically along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Saint Louis to Saint Paul.
Michael Deppe began to play music in earnest after quitting 2nd grade piano lessons. Since then, he has participated in a wide variety of musical experiences, playing piano for fun and bass and guitar in several different groups and styles. He worked as a luthier early on, and made a mid-career switch to teaching third graders, which he does when he is not thinking about composing new songs.
Kurt Koefod’s musical world took shape at the tender age of 9 when he bought his first record–The Supremes “My world is empty without you, babe”–and he fashioned a drum kit out of Folgers’s coffee cans and Lincoln logs to play along. He eventually advanced to oyster-stripe Ludwigs in a nod to Ringo. He went on performing hiatus for several decades until Eugene moved in next door.
Eugene Monnig is the grandson of a Saint Louis piano man who enlivened every house party with stride piano jazz. Eugene went wrong early and took up the guitar, but his native musical language is rhythm and blues. He founded Saint Paul’s Cadenza Music in 1974 and sold the business to a new generation in 2019.
Husband Material Trio will be performing live at 1pm at Mac-Grove Fest – you won’t want to miss it!
Maria and the Coins bundle big-picture pop ambition into earnest, indie sensibility. The five-some distinguished themselves in the Minneapolis alt-rock scene by fusing singer-songwriter driven pop hooks with the vulnerability and honesty of an indie band.
Frontwoman Maria Coyne’s powerhouse vocals are matched with emotive storytelling often focused on moving forward, choosing to find the light amidst the darkness, and learning to be present in each moment. While the writing features nods to Coyne’s pop, country and musical theatre roots, the music finds its sweet spot behind alternative rock-influenced arrangements. The band has opened for local and touring artists such as Betty Who, Jeremy Messersmith, Delacey, and Reina del Cid.
See them perform live at 2pm at Mac-Grove Fest!
Kashimana is a mother, musician, vocalist, composer, producer and teaching artist with a rich soulful blues voice that soars through their original compositions. The name Kashimana means ‘that’s their heart’ and you can hear Kashimana’s heart beating in the compelling sound of their music which is an exploration of Soul, R&B, Folk, Afro-funk and more. Kashimana often draws from her Nigerian heritage and experiences growing up in Nigeria and Kenya and living in the United States. Kashimana is a 2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a 2019 In Common Composer in Residence, a Cedar Commissioned Artist ‘Phantom Cries’ and a Northern Spark Festival Artist in 2018 and 2019 ‘Applause Posse’ and ‘Soundscape of Stories’. Kashimana is also the co-creator of a MN Opera MNiature Opera ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ with Khary Jackson, a contributing artist and composer to The Art of The Revolution Twin Cities Community Album ‘Mama’ and a composer on a Sprig of That trio latest album ‘Eight Threads – The Only One’. Check out Kashimana’s latest single “Oh Yes Flow” on Bandcamp.
Kashimana will be performing as an acoustic duo at Mac-Grove Fest at 3pm!
Art Start’s mission is to inspire artistic creativity and illuminate the connections among people, ideas and the environment through engaging artists, children, families, and communities in quality arts education experiences.
Now.Make.Art creates spaces for people of all ages to have incredible experiences making art together. They specialize in interactive installation art using clay – their current interactive installation art project is called Clay City. The city is filled with sculptures that come from the minds and hands of everyone who participates to make one amazing city at the end of the day. They are currently partnering with St. Paul Parks and Rec so you can find them at various St. Paul parks throughout the summer leading up to Mac-Grove Fest. Visit their instagram to find out more!
See Carrie Color is a chalk artist who creates beautiful, colorful sidewalk chalk art! Her art spreads peace, love, and positivity to those who go past them. She will have interactive chalk art all around Mac-Grove Fest that will allow community members to spread positive messages to one another while utilizing their creativity.
“The world is but a canvas to our imagination” – Henry David Thoreau
Celtic Junction/O’Shea Irish Dance | St. Paul Parks and Recreation | Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth Orthodontics | The Odd Couple Team | Renewal by Andersen | School of Rock | Grand Avenue Smiles | Refined Homes | St. Paul Chiropractic and Natural Medicine Center | Macalester College High Winds Fund | University of St. Thomas | The Good Company Realty Group | Rosendale Agency for Farmers Insurance | Macalester Plymouth United Church | Dr. Marie’s Handmade Soap | MN Housing