Danimal (aka Dan Luedtke) has been a bright and shining light (or at least a glittery one) of the Minneapolis underground music scene for years. For one thing he hollers and pounds the keys in Gay Beast, currently one of the hardest working bands in Twin City land. Gay Beast are one of a crew of bands carrying on the good fight on behalf of both the neo-No Wave movement and the experimental queer-core music scene along with the likes of Shearing Pinx, Aids Wolf, and Cacaw among others. In addition to the racket, Danimal creates eye-popping jaw-dropping silkscreen artworks as Danimal Garafffixxx. In a city that already has some of the best DIY printers in the country, Danimal’s posters and record covers stand out.
Danimal worked his buns off to help make the amazing HSaSH#3 happen, as band curator, interior decorator of 1419, and hype man (check out this interview). He also collaborated with the awesome force that is Brute Heart‘s Jackey Beckey, who coordinated the beautiful parade through the West Bank that began the evening. Jackey, and most of the musicians in the parade, also leads music into the street on May Day, as well as with the Barebones Puppet group. Together, she and Danimal put on an amazing show and helped to create an unforgettable experience. THANKS!
Danimal was nice enough to sit down with us for our last House Show as School House artist/curator picnic. We, along with a great crew of folks from the Walker, 1419, and the show the night before, all got into the nitty gritty of representation, safe spaces, choosing our audience, and lots of other juicy bits.
VIDEO COMING SOON…..