Qandle * Sonofmel * Ill Chemistry

  • Wed, Jun 8, 2022 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Wussow's Concert Cafe

    324 North Central Avenue
    Duluth, Minnesota 55807
Ticket Price $7.00-$84.00 Buy Tickets

Pete Fest 2022 Night 1


funk / hip-hop / rock / visual artist with a creative groove you'll be boppin' to all night long!


Sometimes it takes traveling far from home to find out where one comes from... Sonofmel weds working man sensibilities to writing, song, and spoken word...

Ill Chemistry
Desdamona: rap
Carnage The Executioner: beatboxer

In 1998, Desdamona, a rapper and slammer who had made her way from her native Iowa to the Twin Cities, met beatboxer Carnage the Executioner in a Minneapolis coffeehouse. Without a DJ, she asks him to beatbox with her. Ill Chemistry was born then instantly, but it was only later that the duo found its name when a spectator under the spell launched "your thing is sick chemistry".

The name of Ill Chemistry never leaves them. Atypical duo (a white woman and a black man), Ill Chemistry made a name for itself in the macho (and increasingly white) world of hip hop until being elected "Best Hip Hop Artist/Group" in Minnesota in 2006. Music Awards.

In 2007, the duo hosted the first Black Dog Block Party (St Paul Minnesota) presenting or jamming with the other guests (New Congress, Brother Ali), but also with the looming tornado. They will be found there in the 2008 edition (against the Republican Convention) and that of 2010.

The choreographer Andrew Rist then hired them for a ballet called Black Dog Café for which they provided all the music. The Soundset festival invented by the Minneapolis rapper collective Rhymesayers invites them when it premieres in 2008 and again in 2011.

Ill Chemistry recorded its first album in 2011 with sound engineer-arranger Paul Marino; saxophonist François Corneloup and oud player Mohamed Abozekry are invited for two pieces.


Date & Time

Wed, Jun 8, 2022 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Venue Details

Wussow's Concert Cafe

324 North Central Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55807 Wussow's Concert Cafe
Wussow's Concert cafe

Wussow’s Concert Cafe is a locally owned coffeehouse featuring live music, a full espresso bar, homemade seasonal fare, and a fun variety of beer and wine. For over 19 years, Wussow’s has strived to be an inclusive and supportive home for local artists, musicians, writers and everyone in between. We are excited to offer food, beer, tea, and coffee that comes directly from our local community of friends and dreamers. Our stage continues to be the stomping ground for many local musicians and a favorite stop for regional & national touring acts. We love good music, good food, good coffee, and good friends! The next time you’re in the neighboring, stop in and check out what’s cooking in our kitchen and on our stage!