Dessa performs live at the Minnesota State Fair

A slideshow of images from Dessa's performance in Carousel Park set to her performance of "Dixon's Girl" at the MPR State Fair booth at Judson and Nelson. (MPR Video / Photographed and edited by Nate Ryan)
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Dessa performs live at the Minnesota State Fair
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Dessa first met members of Doomtree, the hip-hop collective she would leave slam poetry to join, when she literally moved in next door to them. Shortly after she befriended these new neighbors, she began collaborating with them.

However, while her contributions to Doomtree have been invaluable, she has since emerged as an artist in her own right. Her 2005 EP "False Hopes" and 2010 full-length "A Badly Broken Code" showcase her skills as a lyricist, rapper, and alto singer.

Dessa stopped by the Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair on MPR Day for a live performance.

Songs performed: "Mineshaft," "The Chaconne" and "Dixon's Girl."

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  • Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair
    Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair (MPR / Photo by Nate Ryan)
  • Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair
    Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair (MPR / Photo by Nate Ryan)
  • Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair
    Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair (MPR / Photo by Nate Ryan)
  • Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair
    Doomtree-affiliated songstress Dessa at the Minnesota State Fair (MPR / Photo by Nate Ryan)