Jade

A Minnesota native, Jade, dove into the local music scene early on. Her first love was dance, which she brought to her middle school and Central High School’s Blackbox concerts. While studying journalism at the University of Kansas, she kept her Minnesota ties close as an intern for 2024 Records, while booking bands like Spoon and Sharon Jones to play at her university. Minnesota pulled her back after graduation and she worked promoting independent musicians to radio stations across the nation with Tinderbox Music. Starting at The Current as an overnight host in 2008, Jade continued her work to promote Minnesota artists by curating musical events around the cities, most notably the Summit Backyard Bash and Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project (where she dug into the Frogtown music scene and created a soundtrack to the art show and live event series). She organized and booked The Current’s Road Trip, a Legacy-funded project that showcased Minnesota artists around the state. That led her to work as the principal at Minnesota Music Coalition, taking it from an idea to a stable and functioning non-profit. She recently won a Knight Foundation grant to put together art-filled pop-up events in St. Paul.

Stories

Best Coast play songs from 'Always Tomorrow' live in The Current studio

After a three-year gap since their last release, Best Coast are back with a new album 'Always Tomorrow.' Frontperson Bethany Cosentino expounds on that hopeful title. ' I think the overall theme of the album is very much the idea that at times we can be our own worst enemies, and learning to get out of our way and let life happen,' she says. Listen to Best Coast's full session, recorded live in The Current studio.

Music News: An interview with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

Backstage at the Armory in Minneapolis, Jade had the chance to catch up with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. In the news today: White Sox take heat for celebrating 'disco demolition,' Spice Girls animated movie planned, rapper Bushwick Bill has died at 52, Radiohead dropped 18 hours of rare audio, and a 2008 fire is revealed to have destroyed priceless master recordings. Plus, this week in music history and a dive into new tunes from Iron & Wine and Calexico; Bruce Springsteen; Mattiel; and Madonna. Plus, Adele raps!