Arts & Culture
Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed the EverGreen Grass Band to Studio A July 19. The four-piece group (banjo, mandolin, guitar & bass guitar) from Wisconsin plays high-energy bluegrass influenced by punk, rock n roll, jam, and more. They were in town for performances at the Gun Flint Tavern Friday and Saturday night.
Buck & Dick welcomed Twin Cities band The Wrong Omar to Studio A recently for chat, music, and lots of laughter. They were in town to perform at the Gun Flint Tavern July 5 & 6.
Singer-songwriter Boyd (Bump) Blomberg stopped in to Studio A June 28 to chat with Buck & Dick and play gorgeous original music.
Dick Swanson chatted with Sue Leaf June 28 about her new book, "A Love Affair with Birds," from the U of MN Press. The book is a wonderful portrait not only of Thomas Sadler Roberts, the father of Minnesota ornithology, but of the state and the Twin Cities in their early history.
Milt Powell grew up on the Canadian side of Saganaga Lake where he lived with his family on what was once known as "Powell's Bay".
On a snowy April night, a crowd of about one hundred gathered at the Cascade Lodge and Pub in Lutsen to hear local musicians pay tribute to the late drummer and vocalist for The Band, Levon Helm.
Beth & George Gage, directors of "Bidder 70," joined Dick Swanson recently to talk about their award-winning documentary. "Bidder 70" tells the story of Tim DeChristopher, a college student who entered a BLM oil and gas lease auction in order to save 22,000 acres of wilderness. Tim was indicted on two felony charges, but became a climate justice leader before serving time in federal prison. Hear what Beth & George have to say about Tim's remarkable act of peaceful protest.
Matthew Brown & Ann Possis welcomed Cook County singer-songwriter Joe Paulik to Studio A May 31. He talked about nature as inspiration for his music, and even as actual background on some of his recordings, including "Power of Place." Joe performed several songs from the CD.
Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in Minnesota for over 25 years. She joined Matthew Brown May 31 to talk about her latest book, "Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook." She talked about why farmers markets and locally grown foods are so good, tips for shopping at a farmers market, and more.