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U of MN has big presence once again at this year's State Fair

The University of Minnesota is celebrating 158 years at the state fair this summer. The U's vice president of university relations, Matt Kramer, joined CJ to talk about a few of the cool things the U is doing at the fair this year. You can learn lots more about it here. And WTIP will broadcast live from the fair this Wed., Aug. 30, starting at 8 a.m.


Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings, and a Little Jazz Concert

WTIP featured a special Tuesday Classics program on August 22 with a recording of the Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings, and a Little Jazz Concert.


Eric Frost (left) & Bill Hansen in Studio A

Bill Hansen & Eric Frost play The Roadhouse

Local musical favorites Eric Frost (guitar) and Bill Hansen (dobro) visited The Roadhouse after way too long an absence. Listen for wonderful original music and fun chat. 


Rick Anderson

Rick Anderson donates family's archaeological collection to Grand Portage National Monument

Over many years, Grand Portage resident Rick Anderson and his family collected thousands of historic artifacts near the Boundary Waters. Now, he has donated this remarkable collection to Grand Portage National Monument so it may be studied and preserved. CJ sat down with Rick recently to hear the story.


Slug on a tomato!

Garden slug stories....and an original song from Gus and Sunny

For anyone who gardens, slugs can be a frustrating summer pest.


The Thunderheads in Studio A

The Thunderheads return to rock Studio A

Regular musical guests The Thunderheads made a return appearance recently on their way to a gig in Grand Marais. Listen for great original tunes as well as covers. The Thunderheads are: Steve Blexrud, guitar; Craig Paquette, guitar; Don Blue, bass; and Bill Boyce, percussion. Learn more about the band and their schedule here.


Black River Revue in Studio A

Black River Revue returns to The Roadhouse with original bluegrass

"Freshwater bluegrass" band Black River Revue, from Duluth and Superior, made a delightful return appearance on The Roadhouse. Listen for great original tunes and news of their upcoming CD release and tour this fall. Black River Revue is Adam Stariha, guitar/vocals/harmonica; Ian Kvale, bass/vocals; Tim Leutgeb, banjo/guitar/vocals; and Nate Hynum, mandolin/vocals.  You can learn more about the band's music and schedule here. 


Cover of To Gentlemen featuring Rachel Ries

Her Crooked Heart gives an EP "To Gentlemen" on Scenic Route

Her Crooked Heart is new name of Minneapolis musician Rachel Ries, who kicks off Papa Charlie's summer Monday Night Songwriter Series.


Courtney Yasmineh & Rob Genadek in Studio A

Singer/songwriter Courtney Yasmineh makes Roadhouse debut

Rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Courtney Yasmineh visited The Roadhouse for the first time recently, while in town to perform at the Stars of the North Music Festival. She and her producer Rob Genadek made amazing music, and Courtney shared stories about her life and career. You can learn more about Courtney and her music here. Her first work of literary fiction, "A Girl Called Sidney," is just out from Gibson House Press.


Cover of The Dead Pigeons "Even if I Knew"

The Dead Pigeons' Drew Peterson talks DIY Americana on Scenic Route

Drew Peterson is the lead singer and songwriter of the Dead Pigeons, a folk/Americana group forged out of Minneapolis' West Bank venue collaborations.