Serendipity Music Series


The ongoing Serendipity Music Series in the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato, offers free mid-week, mid-day performances for the campus and Mankato area community that spotlight Minnesota musicians with "street-corner serenade" style performances. Passers-by can stop to listen or bring their lunch and enjoy some of Minnesota's finest musicians. The performances during fall and spring semesters are sponsored by the Centennial Student Union with support through the student activity fee.

Next Performance:

WEDNesday, Jan. 12, 2022: HEATBOX

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This TEDx session with Heatbox demonstrates his beatboxing, singing and looping skills.
The Centennial Student Union is excited to kick off its Spring 2022 Serendipity Music Series with the beatboxing talents of Heatbox. A Minneapolis-based creative force, Heatbox--aka The One Man Entertainment System--is known for his innovative live performance that masterfully blends vocal percussion and vocal turntablism as well as simulation of horns, strings, musical instruments, and various sonic anomalies.  His firm understanding of quality songwriting, singing, and his dedication to the craft of beatboxing and live looping has earned the respect of the hip-hop community and jam music scene throughout the United States and abroad.
Heatbox has performed with his good friends in Home Free, the nationally renowned acapella group with Minnesota roots. He's also shared the stage with such notables such as Eminem, CeeLoo Green,  and Missy Elliot.  No stranger to the road, Heatbox has toured the US and Canada and opened for artists such as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Boyz II Men, Wu-Tang Clan, Medeski Martin and Wood, Umphrey’s McGee, Chali 2na, Warren G, and many others.
Numerous festival appearances have exposed a diverse set of fans to his talent through performances at Summerfest, 10KFL, Summercamp, Harvest Fest, Bella Music Fest, Big Wu Family Reunion, and international festivals like Earthtonz World Music Fest in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Past Performers' Videos


SMS: Yesterday by Forsyth & Patrick

SMS Video: Everett Smithson Band

SMS Video: Paul Mayasich

SMS Video: Blue Ox Jazz Babies

SMS Video: Piano Man Tom Hunter


Amy Korteum*

Blue Ox Jazz Babies*

Briz & Lady

Chico Chavez

Church of Cash

Dennys Burga

Dred I Dread*

Druzy Rose

Duckshack Dave

Everett Smithson Band*

Fairfax AK

Fat City All Stars*

Fred Steele

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Garrett Steinberg

Good Night, Gold Dust*

Greg Herriges*

Heart of a Tinman

Hot Date

Hustle Rose

Ian Hilmer


Jake Ilika

Jenn Melby and Sister Gin*

Joe Scarpellino* and Olivia Quintanilla

Laura Jackson

Lehto and Wright

Matt Haeffel

Maud Hixson

Mac Gabler

Mae Simpson Music

Mark Joseph

Max Graham*

Megan Hamilton

Michael Thul

Mookie the Magician

Nookie Jones*

Ocho and Betty*

OK Factor*

Paul Booth Johnson

Paul "PK Mayo" Mayasich*

PreApocalyptic Junkyard Orchestra

Prime & PM

Rachael Kilgour

Rain Dogs

Scottie Miller

Soave Brothers

Space Monkey Mafia*

Static Panic

Sugar Babies

Tim Cheesebrow*

Tom Hunter*

Vinnie Rose

Yam Haus

* Return Performers