Dessa and her band are making their US tour in various stops, playing in scenic spots like Napa, Boston, Santa Fe, Fort Collins, Tijuana and other locations. Dessa announced through social media about her upcoming stop in Las Vegas, “Emails flying about rental cars, border crossings, and borrowed drum kits. VEGAS, you’re the first stop on our southwest run. Genuinely excited to be participating in a festival with an explicit commitment to social justice.” Emerge Las Vegas is two days of exploration through live music, where inspired change makers are engaged through programming that moves them to imagine and create a better world.
— Dessa (@dessadarling) May 25, 2019
She posted another message about her show in St. Paul, Minnesota saying, “This Wednesday, I’ll be interviewing
@michaelpollan at the (very sold-out) Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. If you’ve got questions about HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND, his recent book on psychedelics, hit me.” The book is about what the science of psychadelics is teaching us about consciousness, addiction, depression and dying. Dessa has a deep voice and dons either a platinum blonde bob or dark brown stylish cut. She raps in a soulful style with lyrics that cut to the heart from beat to beat. Her career began over 14 years ago with debut solo EP, False Hopes released in 2005 was listed as one of the top local albums of the year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Dessa released her first solo album, A Badly Broken Code in 2010. In 2011, she released Castor, the Twin, a remix album featuring new arrangements of songs released on previous projects, primarily A Badly Broken Code. In 2013, Dessa released her second full-length album Parts of Speech that made its debut in Billboard’s Top 200. In 2018, she released her third full-length album Chime, listed as one of “NPR” Music’s 40 Favorite Albums of 2018.
On March 26 and 28, 2019, she recorded concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra. Dessa said, “Collaborating with the Minnesota Orchestra has made for some of the most memorable performances of my life. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together, excited to take the stage with Sarah [Principal Conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall] and the Orchestra again, and am still sort of stunned we get to cut a record together.”
Dessa tour dates
05/24 – Napa, CA – BottleRock
05/25 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling
05/26 – St Paul, MN – Soundset
06/01 – Las Vegas, NV Emerge
06/02 – Tijuana, MX – Black Box
06/03 – Phoenix, AZ – MIM
06/04 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
06/06 – Austin, TX – 3TEN ACL Live
08/28 – Greeley, CO – U of Northern Colorado
08/30 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion
Photo Credit: Marisa Rose Ficara