Doors & Music: 7 p.m. || All Ages
$25: General Admission
$2 Minor Fee at the Door
Tickets on-sale Friday October 19th @ 10 a.m.
::: Atmosphere :::
Defining success is not an exact science by any means. In some ways, it’s
especially difficult to quantify one’s success when they have a job that places
them in the public eye, a position that is ripe for critique and high expectations.
Perhaps those who best thrive in those scenarios are the ones who can navigate
through all noise and continue to evolve and grow, both in their skill sets and as
In many ways, that is an integral part of the Atmosphere story. Over their twenty-
year career they have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their
formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it
safe. Starting at 1997’s Overcast, the group’s first official album, and traveling
through 18 years of new albums, side projects (e.g. the Sad Clown series and
Felt), and various collaborations, all the way up until 2014’s Southsiders album,
Atmosphere’s music has evolved in a way that differs from many of their peers
and predecessors. A hard look at that evolution doesn’t reveal the commonalities
of following trends or struggling to fit in, by either over-extending in an effort to
stay cool to the younger generation, or succumbing to the pressure people tend
to place on artists to maintain the same sound from album to album. Instead, the
Atmosphere discography evolves in a natural way.
Musically, Ant has continued to define Atmosphere’s sound, ranging from a
healthy mixture of upbeat and fun, to the oft more iconic, moody and personal.
Through out the 1990s, Ant spent countless hours in his basement with a wealth
of records, a keyboard sampler, a turntable and a 4-track, working with a who’s
who of the Twin Cities’ Rap talent of that time. Those experiences tuned his ear,
molded his work ethic, and shaped his vision. In turn, those lessons have
continually become more prominent in the Atmosphere aesthetic, blending live
musicians and sampled production with his keen sense of how to compose a
well-arranged song. [more]