Caravan du Nord, Minnesota State University Mankato

October 29   |   Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, Minnesota State University Mankato

The Caravan du Nord continues in Mankato for a day of artist workshops, an industry social hour, and performances by headliner Mayda, dirt folk musician Freaque, and indie-pop duo the Twins of Franklin. Sponsored by The Current.

This concert is free and open to the public to attend.


The 2021 Caravan du Nord is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Mankato Schedule

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Workshops and networking event are free to attend.
Please register for workshops and networking here.

Workshop | 3pm - 4pm
Creating a culture of safety in the music industry
Performing Arts Building
320 Maywood Ave, Mankato
Free + open to the public!

How can we stop the toxic culture of abuse and harassment that has existed for decades in the music industry? One way is by changing the expectations and understandings at the beginning of someone's musical career of what is acceptable behavior, what will not be tolerated, and how we can support survivors or get help if we have experienced harm. In this workshop, advocates for a safer music community will share about survivor trauma, how to be an ally and intervener, and what resources exist if you or others you know have been harmed.

About the Presenters:
Christin Crabtree is a founding organizer of the survivor-led grassroots Show Up Collective. She is a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse, both in & outside of the Minneapolis creative community. Throughout the past fifteen years, she has volunteered with the Domestic Abuse Project in various roles, & presently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

Corinne Caouette is a founding organizer of the survivor-led, grassroots She is a long standing member of the Minneapolis music scene and is a founding member of the feminist surf-punk band, Black Widows which has worked to advocate for inclusivity and safer spaces for everyone at music venues and all public gathering space. She also works for Minnesota Community Network— a broadcast/ streaming network which amplifies and produces the best MN Made Content that supports strong diverse community.

Workshop | 4pm - 5pm
Making it in Minnesota - How Musicians Build Successful Career Paths
Performing Arts Building
320 Maywood Ave, Mankato
Free + open to the public!

A panel of musicians will discuss how they have built their careers, what they learned along the way, and how those lessons can translate to your musical journey.

About the Panelists:
Mayda is a Korean Adoptee multi-musician/artist/producer from the land of 10,000 Lakes. “Her R&B-infused pop is undeniably fresh, as she swings between pared-down acoustic struts, full-band funkadelic blasts, and electronic drumbeats and synth flourishes that would make the Purple One proud. The result is a slick, expansive, and evolving pop sound, aided in part by producer and mentor Michael Bland (who drummed with Prince in the early ’90s and currently plays with Nick Jonas), whose Sonic Matrimony Collective label released Mayda’s first full-length, The Interrogation, last year. The prolific young soul singer is just beginning her journey, but it’s hard not to anticipate big things from the petite yet larger-than-life pop songstress.” -Andrea Swensson, The Current. Mayda’s music has been featured locally as well as internationally. Numerous of Mayda’s songs have been on Rachael Ray show, Good Morning America, KFC youtube, Reebok Seoul commercials, Jersey Shore, and cable networks such as Showtime and MTV.

St. Paul roots-rock singer-songwriter Mary Cutrufello has been a mainstay in the Americana scene here and in Texas for thirty years. She's performed on The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits, and toured in all 50 states and several European countries. Hailed by USA Today as "a fierce guitarist with with a blistered-throat voice," Cutrufello mixes original songs and classics of American music (think Willie Nelson and Steve Earle) into a captivating, heartland-proud musical stew at once timeless and immediate.

Industry Social Hour | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Johnny B's
1600 Warren St., Mankato

Concert | 7:00pm 
Twins of Franklin, Freaque, Mayda
Elias J. Halling Recital Hall
320 Maywood Ave, Mankato
Free + open to the public!