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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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Minneapolis musician Billy Johnson rocks The Roadhouse

Minneapolis-based musician Billy Johnson made his Roadhouse debut this weekend in-between a number of gigs across the county.  You can learn more about Billy and his music here.


Eric Frost and friends. Submitted photo.

Eric Frost and friends play live on WTIP

Eric Frost and friends stopped by The Roadhouse before a recent gig at Wunderbar. Joining Eric was Travis Wickwire on bass, Jim Elverhoy on harmonica and Bill Hansen on dobro. They played a mix of original and cover tunes and chatted with host Dave about what they've all been up to recently.


Tony Haedt and Cindy Sue of Dram Shop Country in Studio A. Submitted photo.

Dram Shop brings country music to The Roadhouse

Dram Shop stopped by The Roadhouse to perform some country music for us.  The Dram Shop Duo consists of Tony Haedt (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and harmonica) and Cindy Sue (lead vocals and tambourine).

You can learn more about the group here.



Russell DuFresne and Mark Soderlind. Submitted photo.

“A Very Petty Christmas" on The Roadhouse

Twin Cities musician Russell DuFresne was in town before the Christmas holiday to present A Very Petty Christmas, featuring the music of Tom Petty, at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.  He joined The Roadhouse along with a special guest just before their gig to play a few songs and talk about how the show came to be.



Jim McGowan shares holiday music and memories

Roadhouse favorite Jim McGowan stopped by Studio A to chat with hosts Dave and Julie and play some tunes, including a couple holiday songs.



Brothers in Arms perform live on The Roadhouse

A little over a year after making their Roadhouse debut, Brothers in Arms made a return trip to The Roadhouse.  They performed a few songs and spoke with Ann and Dave about what the band has been up to.

Brothers in Arms is made up of Joe Peterson on the Drums, Drew Heinonen on guitar, Jim Miller on the guitar, and Jonathan Steckelberg on bass.


Maria Nickolay in Studio A

Maria Nickolay plays The Roadhouse

Local musician Maria Nickolay stopped by The Roadhouse on November 9 to perform a few original songs.  Maria also spoke with Roadhouse hosts Dave and Brian about what's next for her and her music.  You can find out more about her music here.


Photo by Jennifer Bong

Folk duo Curtis and Loretta stop by The Roadhouse

Folk duo Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet, better known as Curtis and Loretta performed at the Grand Marais Public Library in October 2018.  Before that performance, they dropped in on The Roadhouse to share some of their songs with us.  You can learn more about Curtis and Loretta here.


Saints of Circumstance in Studio A

Saints of Circumstance return to The Roadhouse

Northern Wisconsin band The Saints of Circumstance stopped by The Roadhouse before a recent gig on the North Shore.  The group is a quartet of David Blong (guitar), Olaf Kirsten (guitar), Jeff Kriner (drums), and Scott McCafferty (bass).  More information about the group can be found here.


Robert Jones and Matt Watroba

Detroit duo Robert Jones and Matt Watroba join WTIP for two special in-studio sessions

Detriot Duo Robert Jones and Matt Watroba were in Grand Marais for a concert organized by the North Shore Music Association on Friday, October 12.  Prior to the concert, they stopped by the WTIP studios for a special Thirsty Boots hosted by Carl Solander, on Thursday, October 11.  Then on Friday, they joined Ann and Brian on The Roadhouse.   You can learn more about the duo here.