In the last decade in Minneapolis, have you danced and caroused in a nightclub? Basked in the glow of dim lights and a grinding crowd? If so, chances are good some of your dancing, carousing, basking, or grinding has been done to music spun by DJ Shannon Blowtorch. If you don’t know the name already, you should. She’s the DJ behind so much Minneapolis partying: dance parties at Icehouse; wildly popular monthly nights at the Uptown VFW; 2000s parties at Honey, with her 20-something fanbase; and dance nights at Lush. But you’ll also find her as an opening act for Dessa and Jill Scott.
“She’s one of the top DJs working in the Twin Cities, for sure,” notes Dessa, a few days after the soulful hip-hop icon and poet picked Blowtorch to open for her at First Avenue.
Blowtorch has also had nationally historic significance as the DJ who joined