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Pop & indie funk dance group Alamode stops by The Roadhouse

Alamode, a pop & indie funk band based in Duluth, was in town last weekend to play a few gigs. Three band members, Ned Netzel, Peter Knutson & Nathan Holte, stopped by the studio to chat and play several cuts from their new CD, "Swell."

Black River Revue in studio

Black River Revue revisits The Roadhouse

"Freshwater bluegrass" band Black River Revue hails from Duluth/Superior--they stopped by The Roadhouse last week before they head to Texas for SXSW. The band is Adam Stariha, guitar & vocals; Ian Kvale, bass & vocals; Nate Hynum, mandolin & vocals; and Tim Leutgeb, banjo. 

Flash Meridian art

Local artist Tim Young returns to Grand Marais with a new creative project

Tim Young is a local artist known for a wide body of work, including Flash Meridian, an ongoing online sci-fi story that just hit its 100th episode. Will Moore chatted with Tim recently about this as well as his newest creative project, the Adventures of Mr. Pumpkinhead.

"Flames of Discontent" has won the biennial Hognander Minnesota History Award

"Flames of Discontent" tells story of 1916 miners' strike on the Range

Historian and author Gary Kaunonen has written a new, award-winning history of a 1916 miner's strike on the Iron Range, "Flames of Discontent." Jay spoke with Gary about the strike and what it meant for the workers and the communities involved.

Plucked Up String Band in Studio A

Plucked Up String Band turns up the energy for membership drive

Local super string group the Plucked Up String Band joined the show for membership drive. The band is: Will Moore, upright bass; Elliott Noyce, mandolin; Bill Hansen, dobro; Matt Nesheim, banjo; Amanda Hand, guitar. They've got a new album coming out soon! You can learn more here

courtesy If Eye May

If Eye May rocks The Roadhouse

Twin Cities alt rock band If Eye May made a return appearance on The Roadhouse, before their gig at the Wunderbar. Great, high-energy music! You can learn more at


Artist/jeweler Danny Saathoff's exhibit focuses on climate change; opens Feb. 20 at Grand Marais Art Colony

Danny Saathoff is a Twin Cities jeweler and artist who recently received a grant from the MN State Arts Board for his work, "Swinging the Compass," which focuses on the effects of climate change on Lake Superior. He chatted with Jay about his art, how jewelry and sculpture are related, and the exhibit, which opens Tues.,  Feb. 20, with a talk by Danny at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. 

Thomas Stamps in Studio A

Mardi Gras celebration with Chris Gillis & friends

Get into the spirit of Mardi Gras with jazz musicians Chris Gillis, Thomas Stamps and Max Bichel. They joined Tracy and Jay in studio for great music as well as delightful chat about and insight into New Orleans, where both Chris and Thomas lived for many years. 

The Inconvenient Indian

Native author Thomas King on his latest work, "The Inconvenient Indian"

"The Inconvenient Indian" from the U of MN Press is an unconventional, subversive account of Indian-White relations in North America since initial contact. The book's award-winning author, Thomas King, spoke with Jay about his ideas and his hope for charting a new way forward for Indians as well as non-Indians.  

Leah Thomas plays accordion live on The Roadhouse by Annela Rova

Local musician Leah Thomas wins songwriting award

Local musician & songwriter Leah Thomas is well-known for her distinctive voice, killer accordion and clever lyrics, and has played with and fronted many groups, including the SplinterTones. Her talent was recognized by the SongDoor 2017 International Songwriting Competition, with an honorable mention for her song "Slick Back," which was recorded by the SplinterTones for their 2017 release "SplinterTones II." Leah joined Jay to talk about her songwriting process, including the inspiration she gets from travel.