Their Own Nation: Doomtree scores with hip-hop festival Doomtree Zoo



Thousands of hip-hop fans dropped into CHS Field Saturday for an all-day music festival thrown by Minnesota's own Doomtree.

The first-ever Doomtree Zoo, organized by the beloved local hip-hop collective, brought 10 acts out to St. Paul for what was billed as an all-ages show.

The lineup on the main stage included Aby Wolf, Aby Mike Eagle, Shabazz Palaces, Trash Talk. Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic, and of course the festival's namesake Doomtree. Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Serengeti and Anonymous Choir also performed on a side stage.


The Pioneer Press called it "a natural next step" for Doomtree, who have hosted year-end Blowout shows at First Avenue in recent years. The paper called CHS Field a "terrific place to see a show," saying it was perfectly suited for the large crowd.

The Star Tribune applauded the lineup because it showed Doomtree's "clever curation and eclectic tastes."

The event was billed as family-friendly – both papers gave the festival credit for having plenty for kids to do during the day, though the Pioneer Press noted things veered toward adult ears once evening hit.

The Current called it "colorful" and "sometimes wild," and said Doomtree's P.O.S. had to console the crowd for five minutes to make the fans give up on the idea of an encore.

Go 96.3 also has a photo gallery from the day.

City Pages went through its likes and dislikes of the show, breaking down the artists and also some of the happenings.

Local music blog Girl at the Rock Shows called the festival "a great example of just how diverse the Twin Cities are."

"There was rap, hip-hop, punk, pop, and even choral music. There were inflatable bouncy houses right next to the Surly beer truck. There were all different kinds of people all gathered for one common love… the love of music, the love of local music."

The Star Tribune says about 5,000 people bought tickets for the event. It's unknown at this point if Doomtree Zoo will be an annual thing.

Doomtree hits the road again to continue their Off In The Deep tour, the next show coming in Seattle on Oct. 14. See tour dates here.

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