Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—she's appeared on the Billboard charts, recorded with the GRAMMY-winning Minnesota Orchestra, contributed to The Hamilton Mixtape and the RBG documentary soundtrack, and performed at clubs and festivals on five continents. She’s written for The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, presented a TED talk with more than 4 million views, and published a memoir, My Own Devices, that was recognized by NPR and Amazon as a best book of 2018.

Dessa also hosts the podcast Deeply Humana co-production of the BBC, American Public Media, and iHeartRadio. The series explores scientific explanations of human behavior through interviews with top researchers, guided by Dessa's intellectual curiosity and wry sense of humor. NPR’s All Songs Considered called Dessa “a national treasure." The LA Times wrote that she “sounds like no one else.” NPR’s All Songs Considered called her “a national treasure." On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.

More info at dessawander.com

Upcoming Shows


Oct
21
st
First Avenue
Oct
21
st
First Avenue

Dessa

with Open Mike Eagle

Past Shows


Sep
4
th
2022
Bayfront Festival Park
Sep
4
th
2022
Bayfront Festival Park

Water Is Life Festival

hosted by Winona LaDuke • featuring Ani DiFrancoIndigo GirlsAllison RussellTia WoodLOWDessaJoe Rainey SrKeith SecolaAnnie HumphreyDavid Huckfelt & The Unarmed ForcesCorey MedinaGaelynn Lea • emcee Thomas X
with D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai and Quannah Chasinghorse
Feb
13
th
2022
First Avenue
Feb
13
th
2022
First Avenue

Dessa

with Mayyadda
Jul
9
th
2021
Turf Club
Jul
9
th
2021
Turf Club

Dessa

with Lady Midnight and King Pari
Jul
8
th
2021
Turf Club
Jul
8
th
2021
Turf Club

Dessa

with Lady Midnight and King Pari
Feb
27
th
2020
Mainroom
Feb
27
th
2020
Mainroom

Dessa

with MARGRET, roy kinsey, DJ SHANNON BLOWTORCH and more!
May
22
nd
2019
The Fitzgerald Theater
May
22
nd
2019
The Fitzgerald Theater
Apr
6
th
2018
Mainroom
Apr
6
th
2018
Mainroom

Dessa

with MONAKR
Jan
31
st
2018
Clown Lounge
Jan
31
st
2018
Clown Lounge

Dessa

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
Apr
18
th
2014
The Rex
Apr
18
th
2014
The Rex

Dessa

with Aby Wolf
Aug
11
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
11
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Aug
10
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
10
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Aug
9
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
9
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Jun
29
th
2013
Mainroom
Jun
29
th
2013
Mainroom

Dessa

with Zoo Animal
Mar
15
th
2013
SXSW 2013 DAY PARTY
Mar
15
th
2013
SXSW 2013 DAY PARTY

Field Report, Dessa, Solid Gold and more!

First Avenue, Majestic, and Etix present
Oct
28
th
2012
Mainroom
Sep
14
th
2012
Triple Rock Social Club
Sep
14
th
2012
Triple Rock Social Club

Saul Williams

with Dessa
Dec
6
th
2011
7th St Entry
Dec
6
th
2011
7th St Entry

Dessa

with Hannibal Buress and Crescent Moon + Big Trouble
Dec
15
th
2010
Mainroom

More Shows

Mar
16
th
Turf Club

Tove Styrke

Dec
3
rd
Fine Line

Whitney

with Squirrel Flower
Oct
29
th
Turf Club

Skalloween ft. Space Monkey Mafia, The Prizefighters, Runaway Ricochet, Courtesy of Tim, and Goodbye Mordecai

Nov
14
th
7th St Entry

Victor Internet

with Ariel & The Culture and Estereomance