Festival Doomtree Zoo

Sponsored by 89.3 The Current

Doomtree Zoo

CHS Field
360 N Broadway St.
St. Paul, MN 55101


Thursday, July 30, 2015, 12:00 AM, The Current pre-sale
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:00 AM,

$35.00, advance
$45.00, doors
$100.00, baller pass

We combed the archives to find the finest Doomtree (and other acts performing at this weekend's Doomtree Zoo festival) sessions from our archive and we put together a little playlist to get you ready for Saturday's big event. Doomtree Zoo session preview
Blog post: Doomtree Zoo coming to CHS Field this October Doomtree announce the Doomtree Zoo, an all-day event at the Saint Paul Saints' ballpark with performances from Doomtree, Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces and Open Mike Eagle. Oct. 3, 2015. 2-10 p.m. Doomtree, the Minneapolis rap collective, sold out an entire decade of their annual Blowout label showcases. Last December, over 7,000 fans attended the final Blowout, some from as far away as Ireland and Russia. Now, after many months spent internationally touring their most recent album, All Hands, the seven-member collective is coming home to announce their next big Twin Cities special event: the Doomtree Zoo.

The Roster

Doomtree (Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, Paper Tiger and Sims) will headline the show. The crew worked together to hand-pick the rest of the bill, a process that took many months, many meetings, innumerable text threads, secret ballots, and a three-digit trail mix budget. The lineup reflects the varied musical tastes of the Doomtree members themselves: Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, Open Mike Eagle, Serengeti, Aby Wolf, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and Anonymous Choir. Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic: A rap hero to most of us. Watch the watching Doomtree members go nuts. Trash Talk: Internationally touring hardcore punk outfit. Ferocious on stage. Shabazz Palaces: Innovative Seattle-based hip-hop, signed to Sub Pop. The real deal. Open Mike Eagle: Funny, smart, sweet. Lives in California, raps everywhere. Creator of the Secret Skin podcast. Serengeti as Kenny Dennis: Man. Uh, man. You might just have to see this one for yourself. Bears, Hawks, Sox, Bulls! Aby Wolf: Easily one of the best voices in Minneapolis. Long time collaborator with the Doomtree camp. Koo Koo Kanga Roo: Described as "the Beastie Boys meet Sesame Street." Currently tearing it up on Warped Tour everywhere. Anonymous Choir: 16-piece women's choir, founded by Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie.

The Gig

The Doomtree Zoo will go on rain or shine. The stage itself will be set on the grass of CHS Field, the new home of the Saint Paul Saints, in Lowertown, St. Paul. The afternoon performances will be kid-friendly, with face painting and roving performances by In the Heart of the Beast Theatre puppeteers between sets. (Skip the sitter for this one. Or better yet, bring the sitter. Children eight and under get in free.) As darkness falls, the sets get rowdier, the noise gets noisier, and the lights come up. Doomtree is again partnering with Toss Film + Design who made the last few Blowout shows at First Avenue the visual spectacles that they were. When these guys aren't scheming with us, they're working with other up-and-comers like Kanye, Nine Inch Nails and Fleetwood Mac. Tickets! A very limited number of baller passes are also available. Baller pass holders will be able to enter the stadium before doors to watch the Doomtree soundcheck; get a photo with the crew and participate in a Q&A; score an autographed poster, a Doomtree drawstring bag, a couple of drink tickets, and a Doomtree Zoo laminate (oooh, fancy). They'll also be able to watch the show from the warmth of the Securian Club with a dedicated bar, restroom, and balcony. Passes are $100. A total of 300 will be sold.


Doomtree is very grateful to the sponsors helping us pull this thing off. Big thanks to our presenters Surly Brewing Co. and Copycats Media, and to The Current, Star Tribune, City Pages, and the University of St. Thomas.

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We even got a little shout out from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, "I am thrilled for yet another music festival to call Saint Paul home. I am especially excited for Doomtree to play CHS Field." Us too! All ages