: of, relating to the supernatural : magical
: of strange or extraordinary character : odd, fantastic
Calling someone "weird" has always been ... weird.
What exactly does that mean? Is it how someone dresses? What about when someone says a person "talks weird?" Also, for someone to be weird what is considered "normal?"
What gives one person the right to become the authority? We probably won't get to all of those answers in one article but Seattle to Brooklyn musical duo THEESatisfaction will be returning to the Twin Cities to gather all "weirdos" in one place for their one-of-a-kind party.
THEESatisfaction are signees on the Sub Pop record label that discovered such notable alternative acts as Nirvana, Soundgarden and more recently, Shabazz Palaces (the later of which are frequent collaborators). Their critically acclaimed album "awE NaturalE" spawned the single and video "QueenS" in which they are heavily recognized for presenting a house party packed with Black women in full representation of their "Queendom." I got the group on the phone (Cat in Seattle and Stasia in Brooklyn) to find out more about the Black Weirdo party's origins and what should be expected when they hit town.
"We first started throwing them back in Seattle and everybody would show up. We focus on playing Black music and showcasing Black artistry. We don't have a set audience that we are trying to target. We're all inclusive but we want to make it a safe place for Black people to be at so they don't feel out of place," said Cat.
This is an all too familiar story with developing music and cultural spaces in places where the group you belong to doesn't have control of the room. It's also a reason why innovators such as Prince were able to develop such a strong scene in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
"We were in college and we would go to house parties and not dig the music," said Stasia. "So we started hosting our own. People would always ask us to play the cuts and we did them more often. So we decided to move to a bigger space. We had our first Black Weirdo party in Brooklyn two years ago in 2012."
When asked what one can expect to hear on May 23 Stasia said, "You're going to hear the jams. We're old heads at heart. We love soul music from the 60s, dance music from the 80s. You are going to hear a wide range of stuff – stuff from our friends, stuff that isn't out there all the way but we want out there; the homie hookup."
THEESatisfaction has a very hands-on approach to how they present their art and their parties.
"We host, we perform, we pre-jam, we organize it. We do every aspect of the party," said Cat.
This kind of approach allows them to create a space that truly fits their groove and vibe. And the vibe is catching on. Everyone from cast members from the hit Netflix show "Orange is the New Black" and India.Aire have attended their events.
While the parties they once attended catered to only Top 40 music, Cat and Stasia have developed a night for all of the "weirdos." Hopefully Webster's will be right in having a night that may be a little odd for those who only flow with the mainstream but full of a lot of magic.
Black Wierdo takes place Friday, May 23 at The Gamut Gallery & Studio at 1006 Marquette Ave. S. in Minneapolis. It features performances and DJing by THEESatisfaction, DJ Just Nine, Mamadu, Sweetz P, and Sarah White. The event is from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. and is an 18-plus party. The event is sponsored by Voices Merging and presented by Brilyahnt Peace and The Purple Hocus Pocus.
For more information on THEESatisfaction, visit www.theesatisfaction.com.