Arts & Culture

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Fingerstyle guitar master Pat Donohue stops by The Roadhouse

Bob Carter & Dick Swanson were delighted to welcome Pat Donohue, one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world, to Studio A Sept. 12. Pat is the guitarist for the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band of MPR's A Prairie Home Companion, and was in town to play North House's Unplugged concert the next evening. You can learn more about Pat's music and his performance schedule here.


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Best-selling author Lorna Landvik on her latest novel, "Best to Laugh," and her own career in comedy

Ann Possis had the chance to speak with Minnesota author Lorna Landvik recently about her new book, "Best to Laugh."  It's loosely based on her real-life experiences living in Hollywood and being a comedian, and in this interview she shares stories from her time there. Lorna is signing her book Wednesday, Sept. 17  from 2 to 4 p.m. at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. Learn more about Lorna and her work here.


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Rich Mattson & the North Stars play Studio A

Rich Mattson and his band the North Stars (Germaine Gemberling, Eli Bissonett, and Russell Bergum) dropped by The Roadhouse Sept. 5 on their way to play Radio Waves later that evening. Listen for wonderful original music. You can learn more about Rich's music here.


 

Max Bichel & John Gruber make great music on The Roadhouse

Dick & Ann welcomed local musicians John Gruber (guitar) and Max Bichel (violin) to Studio A Aug. 29 for fun conversation and delightful music. They were both scheduled to play a few times at this year's Radio Waves music festival. 


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Cartoonist Bill Barnes talks about his craft

Cartoonist Bill Barnes chatted with Ann Possis Aug. 29 about what's so special about cartooning, how the Web has changed the business, how people can get into it, and lots more. He was in Grand Marais Sept. 4 to teach a two-hour class at the Grand Marais library. Check out  his comic strips Unshelved and Not Invented Here. 


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Pete Kavanaugh does acoustic set on The Roadhouse

Bob Carter & Dick Swanson welcomed local musician Pete Kavanaugh to Studio A Aug. 15 for fun conversation and great tunes. You can learn more about Pete and his music here.


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The Sweet Papa Dave Band rocks Studio A

Ann Possis & Roger Linehan hosted The Sweet Papa Dave Band in studio Aug. 8 for high-energy, original music that will get you out of your chair. The band, David Hart on guitar, Keith Manske on bass, Randy Mickelberg on guitar, and John Tetrault on drums, was in town to play at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino the next evening. 


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Nashville singer-songwriter Jerry Vandiver drops by The Roadhouse

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jerry Vandiver stopped by The Roadhouse Aug. 8 with his guitar to chat and play a few tunes, including what he calls paddling music. His new CD, "Every Scratch Tells a Story," features one he wrote about our town, "In Grand Marais." He was in the area for his 20th straight annual Boundary Waters canoe trip. You can learn more about Jerry and his delightful music here. 


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Author Mary Relindes Ellis on her new novel, "The Bohemian Flats"

Ann chatted Aug. 8 with Mary Relindes Ellis, author of "The Bohemian Flats,"a novel set in a vibrant immigrant enclave in Minneapolis in the early 20th century. The book is rich in historical detail as well as a fascinating story of a family who moves from Germany to America. You can learn more about the author and the book here.


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Rosie Flores comes to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts

The North Shore Music Association will be sponsoring a concert with rockabilly singer and guitarist Rosie Flores on Saturday, August 16, starting at 7:30 p.m, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.