Arts & Culture

Rural Standard Station, 1956 (National Archives & Records Administration/Wikimedia)

Moments in Time: Slower Times

Grand Marais has always been a small town, but for many who grew up in the community, it feels much bigger and busier than it did in the past.


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Author & humorist Michael Perry on his brand-new book,"Visiting Tom"

Bob chatted Aug. 24 with Michael Perry, Wisconsin author and humorist, about his latest book, "Visiting Tom." In it, Perry shares stories and lessons from his friendship with Tom Hartwig, a quirky 82-year-old with, among other things, a love for old artillery.  


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Musicians Thea Ennen & Dave Peterson make WTIP debut

Buck and Bob welcomed River Falls musicians Thea Ennen and Dave Peterson to The Roadhouse Aug. 17. Thea was a finalist in the Big Top Chatauqua National Songwriter's Contest, and received a MN Music award for Best Folk Album. Dave is an accomplished bluegrass and jazz guitarist, winner of several first place awards in MN State flatpicking contests, and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion.


Dakota War (Courtesy of Minnesota History Center)

A Clash of Cultures: Understanding the Dakota War of 1862

On August 17, 1862 a group of four young Dakota men on a hunting expedition killed five settlers who lived along the Minnesota river in what is now southwest Minnesota...and a war began.


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Pete K and Eric Meyer rock Studio A

Favorites Pete Kavanaugh and Eric Meyer (of the Pete K Group) stopped in to The Roadhouse Aug. 10 to play some great blues guitar.


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Singer-songwriter Charlie Roth makes his Roadhouse debut

 Charlie Roth plays a unique blend of Americana, folk, blues, country, Celtic and more. He stopped by Studio A Aug. 10 to chat and play a few tunes on his guitar, accompanied by his foot.


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Bump Blomberg joins Moors & McCumber for great music in Studio A

Buck and Bob welcomed James Moors and Kort McCumber, with local musician Bump Blomberg, to The Roadhouse Aug. 10, before their performance that evening at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs in Grand Marais.


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Grand Rapids musicians Matthew & Sam Miltich stop by Studio A

Matthew and Sam Miltich were in town Aug. 3 to play at Harbor Park during Fisherman's Picnic. They stopped by The Roadhouse to talk about the challenges and joys of being a rural musician and, of course, Sam played a few songs.


Joe Paulik with Jessi Nicholson - Photo by Stephan Hoglund

The Joe Paulik Band plays Studio A

The Joe Paulik Band stopped by The Roadhouse July 27 to chat and play a few songs. Joe Paulik is on guitar and vocals, Jessi Nicholson sings, and John Mianowski plays bass guitar. Drummer Rick Brandenburg and fiddler Max Bichel joined them later that evening at the Raven's Nest above the Gun Flint Tavern in Grand Marais.


Swallowtails find a shady patch of ground and vibrate in the sheer joy of being

Magnetic North: Flutterbys Are Us

Welcome back to Magnetic North where the air is filled with winged things, and not the kind with feathers!