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Local Music Project

Local Music Project on WTIP, photo courtesy of Mark Trockman

Contributor(s): 
Cathy Quinn, Will Moore

The Local Music Project is a monthly, locally-produced feature highlighting the music and talents of local and visiting musicians. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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Members of Take Jack

Take Jack live on Sidetracks

The nine-piece California based music collective Take Jack joins Will Moore on Sidetracks. The group is in Cook County performing as part of the "Crazy Cold Beautiful" song cycle commissioned for the John Beargrease sled dog race, composed by the group's own Robin Eschner.

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Cover of "Ocooch Mountain Home"

The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers and A Kin live in Studio A

Two great bands from the Driftless area of Wisconsin join hosts Will Moore and Carl Solander for a special hour-long live session before a performance at the Gunflint Tavern. The old-time and classic country duo The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, along with the newly-formed Americana trio A Kin bring terrific music and fun conversation to Studio A.

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Fred Anderson

Local Music Project: Fred Anderson

Fred Anderson is a guitarist who has been perfecting his craft for over 50 years. He's excited to retire to Cook County later this year and join the North Shore's renowned music scene. 

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Fingerstyle Masters concert

Local Music Project: Gordon Thorne and the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend

Gordon Thorne is a fingerstyle blues guitarist living in Finland, MN.  In this edition of the Local Music Project, Will Moore learns about his musical background (or admitted lack thereof), coming up to Cook County, and how he dealt with being a career musician. We also hear from Mike Dowling and Randy Sabien, the guests at Gordon's 5th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Bluefin Grille in 2015.

 

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DJ Beavstar

Local Music Project: DJ Beavstar

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Andrew Beavers is the DJ at Papa Charlie's during their dance parties every Thursday night during winter. For this edition of the Local Music Project, Will sits down for an interview and short live set with Andrew during a Third Thursday conversation. 

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Performing at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Borealis Chorale Christmas: A Cook County Tradition

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In this installment of the Local Music Project, Will talks to many of the community members that make the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Christmas concert such a beloved and long-standing tradition on the North Shore.

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Gordon Thorne plays with the Carpenter Ants

Local Music Project: Radiowaves 2014 Part 2

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So many great musicians came out to perform at WTIP's Radiowaves festival this year - we can't contain them all to one piece! Will Moore talks to the artists who came from all over the state (and country) to make it to Radiowaves this year. 

(Photo by WTIP's Martha Marnocha)

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Local Music Project: RadioWaves 2014 part 1

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There were so many great acts and voices at this year's Radiowaves Festival, it was hard capturing them all! In this edition of the Local Music Project, Will Moore focuses on local musicians who come out of the woodwork to showcase their amazing talents each year at Radiowaves.

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Boyd "Bump" Blomberg

Local Music Project: Boyd "Bump" Blomberg

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Cook County resident Boyd “Bump” Blomberg has a new CD coming out this summer under his band name Pushing Chain.  In this edition of the Local Music Project, we learn about Bump’s evolution as a songwriter and player going to back to his days in the late 80’s as a member of the Gooneybirds to his most recent work with fiddler and singer, Adam Moe. 
 

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Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling

Local Music Project: Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling

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This edition of the Local Music Project features long time Minnesota music makers Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling.  Rich and Germaine reside in Sparta, Minnesota where Rich runs his recording studio Sparta Sound.  The duo performs together throughout the region regularly including frequent visits to Cook County.