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Idyllic atmosphere during WTIP's 6th annual Radio Waves Music Festival, September 6-8, 2013 (Carah Thomas)

WTIP regularly hosts live in-studio music. We feature local musicians, groups and bands as well as musicians and bands visiting the area.

What's On:
Jim McGowan in Studio A in July 2019.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Jim McGowan shares a couple holiday songs and more

Jim McGowan, a Roadhouse favorite, stopped by the studios to chat with Julie and Dave about holiday traditions, and of course, play a mix of holiday and other tunes.


Craig Baumann. Photo by Will Moore.

Craig Baumann performs live on Roadhouse

Craig Baumann is a blues player based out of Wisconsin.  Craig recently went on a weeklong tour that saw him travel from Madison to Grand Marais to Fargo and back, with more stops in between.  While he was in Grand Marais, Craig stopped by The Roadhouse to play a few songs and chat with Julie and Dave about his musical influences and owning a music store in Waukesha, Wisc. 

You can learn more about Craig here.


Maxophone and Heatbox in Studio A

Heatbox and Maxophone perform on The Roadhouse

Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis-based vocal performer who blends vocal percussion and vocal turntablism with the simulation of horns, strings, musical instruments, and various sonic anomalies. 

Heatbox was recently in the area performing with Maxophone at the SnowBall Music and Ski Festival in Lutsen.  The pair joined Ann and Dave on The Roadhouse to play a few songs and talk about their unique instruments and music.


From left to right: Al Oikari, Jon Sullivan, Jason Fladager.

Super Duty and Al Oikari join The Roadhouse

Super Duty's Jon Sullivan (vocals), and Jason Fladager (guitar) joined Al Oikari for a recent gig in Grand Marais.  While here, the group also joined Ann and Dave to play some tunes and talk about the band.

You can learn more about Super Duty here.


Saints of Circumstance in Studio A in Oct. 2018

South Shore-based Saints of Circumstance perform on Roadhouse

South Shore band The Saints of Circumstance stopped by The Roadhouse before a recent gig on the North Shore.  The group is normally a quartet, but performed without their drummer Jeff Kriner, as a trio of David Blong (guitar), Olaf Kirsten (guitar), and Scott McCafferty (bass). 

You can learn more about the group here.


Photo from Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats on Facebook.

Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats join Roadhouse

Michael & Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats were a part of the North Shore Music Association's Bluegrass Masters Weekend this past weekend.  They took some time from jamming in Lutsen to stop by the WTIP studios.  The group chatted with Dave and Julie about their travels around the country playing music, and of course, played a few songs for us as well.


Rootz Within full band.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Rootz Within perform on Roadhouse

Rootz Within is an "Island jam reggae fusion" band from Detroit Lakes.  While in Grand Marais for a couple of nights playing at the Gunflint Tavern the group joined Brian and Dave on The Roadhouse.   You can learn more about Rootz Within on their Facebook page.

Rootz Within is:
Tyler Renney - vocals, guitars
Jonah Bowe - vocals, guitars
Ryan Engberg - bass
Scott Thompson - drums


Easy Riders. Photo by Brian Neil.

Easy Riders remember Robert Hunter on The Roadhouse

Easy Riders are a group from Peoria, Illinois playing rock and blues.  They were in Grand Marais for a few gigs over the weekend, including stopping by the WTIP studios to join Dave and Brian on The Roadhouse.  Easy Riders performed a few songs, including a one a tribute to the late Robert Hunter.

Easy Riders are:
Mike Miller - guitar, vocals
Aaron Miller - bass
Bob Kelly - drums, vocals


Jim McGowan in Studio A in July 2019.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Jim McGowan joins The Roadhouse

Roadhouse favorite Jim McGowan stopped by the studios to join Julie and Dave and chat about what he's been up to, and of course play a few tunes for us.


Space Monkey Mafia. Photo by Brian Neil.

Space Monkey Mafia AND Dash rock The Roadhouse

A Roadhouse record seven musicians join Brian and Dave in the studio.  Both Space Monkey Mafia and Bozeman, Montana based duo Dash rocked out in the studio together.

Space Monkey Mafia is Joe Barron, Riley Jacobson, Blake Foster, Tim Kingstrom, and Dante Leyva.  You can learn more about them on their Facebook page.

Dash is a duo of Kayti Korte and Ben Morris; you can also learn more about them of their Facebook page.