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100 Women We Love Class of 2010

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Shannon Blowtorch


DJ, promoter and sound engineer Shannon Blowtorch is a fixture on the Minneapolis music scene and produces many of the largest Twin Cities dance parties. Shes toured with the band MEN as a sound engineer, and for the group All The Pretty Horses, she occupied the dual roles of manager and tribal dancer. When asked what its like to be an out lesbian on the Minneapolis scene, Blowtorch says, I find it to be a pretty open-minded city, and have gotten no grief for being out from the music industry here. I cross over and partake in queer events alongside a ton of straight events. If anything, I help educate the boys in the music biz on the LGBT world. I don't like to be pigeonholed, so I cross over to all genres. -CB

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