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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.

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Michael Johnson & Michael Monroe ring out 2011 on The Roadhouse

20111230johnsonmonroe.mp375.31 MB

Local favorites Michael Monroe and Michael Johnson stopped by The Roadhouse Dec. 30 for what is becoming a year-end musical tradition.


Bluesman Gordon Thorne stops by The Roadhouse

20111223gordonthorne.mp361.57 MB

Local musician Gordon Thorne visited Studio A Dec. 23 for lots of music and holiday cheer.


Community Christmas Concert: Rehearsals & Reflections

Finalcut_Christmas_Concert_20111202.mp39.5 MB

This year’s performances of the annual Community Christmas Concert in Grand Marais drew capacity crowds, December 4 & 5th.  In this feature, WTIP volunteer Mark Abrahamson talks with conductor and composer Bill Beckstrand, now in his second year as director.  Mark also recorded parts of the final rehearsal and spoke with orchestra and chorus members.

Keith Secola plays live in WTIP's Studio A / photo by Stephan Hoglund

Keith Secola

Secola Interview PART 1.mp38.55 MB
Secola Interview SONG 1.mp34.42 MB
Secola Interview PART 2.mp313.74 MB
Secola Interview SONG 2.mp36.49 MB
Secola Interview PART 3 (PARIS).mp317.78 MB
Secola Interview SONG 3 (FLUTE).mp32.59 MB
Secola Interview PART 4.mp36.62 MB
Secola Interview SONG 4.mp35.54 MB
Secola Interview PART 5.mp314.64 MB
Secola Interview SONG 5 (Ooh Highway).mp33.57 MB
Secola Interview PART 6.mp32.04 MB
Secola Interview SONG 6 (This Land).mp32.44 MB
Secola Interview PART 7.mp3846.6 KB
Secola Interview SONG 7 (NDN Kars).mp37.09 MB

Native folk and blues rocker Keith Secola is an accomplished artist: award-winning musician, master guitarist and native flute player; singer, songwriter, composer and producer. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe, where he's been playing his brand of progressive music in concerts to a cult following for many years. Keith's famous song, "NDN Kars", is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the US and Canada. Keith Secola is Anishinabe (Ojibwa) originally from the Mesabi Iron Range country of northern Minnesota, now residing in Arizona. He's a member of the Anishinabe Nation of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario, Canada. Secola visited Grand Marais for a show on Nov. 12, 2011 and stopped by WTIP for an interview and live studio performance.


Keith Secola WTIP Interview - Images by stephan hoglund


Two Many Banjos plays Studio A

Marc Gartman, bouzouki & banjo, Lefty Johnson, percussion, and Matt Mobley, upright bass, make up Two Many Banjos. They joined Buck and Bob Nov. 11 during membership drive.


The Pines live on WTIP's The Roadhouse

BehindTheTime_ThePines_20100611_Roadhouse.mp38.93 MB
LightUnderTheDoor_ThePines_20100611_Roadhouse.mp37.61 MB
MidnightSun_ThePines_20100611_Roadhouse.mp38.49 MB

The Pines have honed their musical craft to near perfection with a sound that wavers on the edge of traditional acoustic/roots music, but embraces the nuances of today's indie-rock and blues music. In the summer of 2010 The Pines played at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais and stopped by WTIP to play live on The Roadhouse. Learn more about The Pines.

Members of Unnamed Stream get ready for their live in-studio performance / photo by Patrick Knight

Members of Unnamed Stream on WTIP

WhatsRight_UnnamedStream_20111111.mp35.52 MB
RiverRunDry_UnnamedStream_20111111.mp36.89 MB
BasketOfFlowers_UnnamedStreamLive_20111111.mp39.81 MB
ASongForYou_UnnamedStream_20111111.mp39.28 MB
CatfishJohn_UnnamedStream_20111111.mp39.54 MB
Stealin_UnnamedStreamLive_20111111.mp36.09 MB

Members of Unnamed Stream, Bill Hansen on Dobro, Bump Blomberg on guitar and vocals, Barbara Jean Johnson on viola, fiddle, banjo and vocals and Jessa Frost on fiddle, played live in studio A during WTIP's Fall 2011 Deeply Rooted Membership Drive.


Bluegrass Masters Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley play Studio A

20111104bluegrassmasterswknd.mp362.48 MB

Bob chatted Nov. 4 with musicians & songwriters Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley on the eve of the 21st Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.


Twin Cities musician Paul Metsa on his new memoir, "Blue Guitar Highway"

20111028paulmetsa.mp348.58 MB

 Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed Paul Metsa to Studio A Oct. 28. His memoir, "Blue Guitar Highway," was just published by the U of MN Press.