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Celebrate Seward

A Fall Festival celebrating the Art, Music and Culture of the Seward Neighborhood

When:  Saturday, September 24th

Time:  11am-4 pm

Where:  Matthews Park,  2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Join the Seward neighborhood in celebrating our community’s love, friendship optimism and resilience with live music performances by the Van Nixon Trio, the Cult of Percolation and Maurice Jacox and the We Still R Band, a resource fair, children’s activities, artist vendors and food reflecting our neighborhood including a food truck from She Royal! This is a Free event at Matthews Park.  

** The Wake Singers, previously scheduled to play, had to cancel due to a family emergency.

Learn about the Performers

Van Nixon Trio

Van first studied classical music and opera at Simpson College in Indianola, IA, then moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, where he has performed professionally for close to 40 years.  He is recognized as a gifted vocal artist, whether bringing his unique gospel style to local churches, singing Bill Withers and James Taylor covers in local coffee shops and restaurants, or bringing fans to their feet as lead vocalist in reggae dance shows.

Performing from 11:30am – 12:30pm



When David Bowie, Tina Turner, and Black Sabbath came blaring on sub-space frequencies, Mary Allen and her Cult of Percolation took their message to heart. They donned their most convincing skin-suits, hopped a light-speed saucer, and arrived on our planet to make life on Earth more bearable.

Their first Terran appearance was at least ten years ago in a Minneapolis living room. They were quickly embraced by their Earth hosts and became known for wild, sweaty, nocturnal funk, soul, and most of all, rock n’ roll. Mary Allen is an unslowing force, writhing in rapture, while her Cult percolates in celestial orbit.

Performing from 1 – 2pm


“Is he an R&B screamer? An intimate lounge crooner? The sexy sax man from Willie & the Bees and the Butanes? The singer-actor who staged a Nat King Cole tribute show? The classical wannabe doing “Besame Mucho” with an orchestra?

An electric flute player in the Electric Flag? He is all of the above.”

— Jon Bream, The Star Tribune

Performing from 2:30 – 3:45pm

Learn about the Resource Fair

Check out the Resource Fair at Celebrate Seward and connect with local businesses and organizations, talk with City and Park representatives, find information and more!

See the list of participating organizations below.

Du Nord Foundation
Ward 2 Office
Hennepin Co. Multi-Cultural Services
Chard Your Yard
Seward Co-Op
The Housing Justice Center
Black Visions Collective
Jack’s Hardware (free bike tune-ups)
Free Geek
League of Women Voters
Prepare & Prosper
TruStone Financing
Metro Transit
Becky Alper – MPRB District 3
One Yoga Hired

Learn about the Artists

Olivia Tani

Amanda Duhon

Nansi Brown

Peter D’Ascoli

Z Kaplan

Edie Karras

Karla Hovde

Arlene Innmon

Josh Miller

Children’s Activities

There will be plenty of activities for kids over at the Children’s Tent! Make some nature art or be awed by the Byron of Bubble performing at 12:30 at the Main Stage (and at the Children’s tent in the afternoon). Find the stilt walker making their way through the event.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Email CelebrateSeward@sng.org  with any questions.