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Radio Waves Music Festival

The 11th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival is set for September 7-9, 2018 at Sweetheart's Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. 

It’s held rain or shine - with two stages and a dance floor housed under a large tent.

Download the 2018 Program Guide right here!

The 2018 Lineup
September 7

Saturday, September 8
September 9

4 pm North Shore Swing Band 10 am Kilborn Quartet 10 am The Carpenter Ants Gospel Blues
5:10 pm SVEA 11 am Jim McGowan 11:40 am Jim & Michele Miller
6 pm Dlutkowskis 11:50 am Mysterious Ways 12:30 pm Casey Aro
6:50 pm Brothers in Arms 12:40 pm Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo 1:20 pm Cherry Dirt
7:50 pm WunderDogs 1:30 pm Portage 2:10 pm Sam Miltich & Briand Morrison
8:50 pm Rich Mattson & the Northstars 2:20 pm Aho Family 3:10 pm Gillis & Stamps
  3:10 pm Maria Nickolay 4 pm SplinterTones
  4  pm Axtell  
  4:50 pm Plucked Up String Band  
  5:50 pm Common Ground  
  6:40 pm Cook County's Most Wanted  
  7:40 pm Lake Effect  
  8:30 pm The Carpenter Ants  

More information about the festival:

  • The Radio Waves Music Festival is a favorite for visitors, area residents and performing musicians. If you're never been to Radio Waves before, check out this video from the 2014 festival - to see what it's all about!
  • Several vendors will be on-site with food/beverages. Outside food and beverages are accepted on the grounds as well.
  • Some chairs are provided under the tent, but feel free to bring your own.
  • Well-behaved pets are welcome - but please make sure they're on a leash at all times.
  • The Kids' Tent offers children’s activities and facepainting from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Admission – available at the gate – is $10 per day, $20 for the weekend, and free to children 12 and under.
Volunteer Opportunities:
We're always in need of volunteers to help make Radio Waves a success if you're able to help for a few hours during the festival. Volunteers will recieve a festival pass for the day of your shift. Please click on the sign-up links below, or call  Staci or Matthew at the station, 218-387-1070.

Set Up / Tear Down
Ticket / Information / Prize Tent
Membership & Merchandise Tent
Kid's Tent Helper & Kid's Activities

Radio Waves is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and is supported by a grant from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association and Visit Cook County.


The History of Radio Waves:

The Radio Waves Music Festival started in 2008 as part of WTIP Community Radio's ten-year anniversary celebration.  It was originally intended to be a single-year event - a thank you to the community for ten years of support - but because of the tremendous response, has turned into an annual event.

The festival takes place annually on the weekend after Labor Day, when the busy summer season is coming to a close and community members tend to have more time to get together and share the weekend with friends and family.  There's a tent in case of rain, kids activities for a portion of each day, and on-site food, so people can spend the entire day enjoying live music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Past Radio Waves Acts:

2017 Acts: View the 2017 Radio Waves program guide.

2016 Acts: View the 2016 Radio Waves program guide.

2015 Acts: View the 2015 Radio Waves program guide.

2014 Acts:  View the 2014 Radio Waves program guide part 1 and part 2.

2013 Acts:  View the 2013 Radio Waves program guide.

2012 Acts:  View the 2012 Radio Waves program guide.

2011 Acts
North Shore Community Swing Band
Yvonne Mills
Blueberry JAAM
Bob Curry Family Band
Paul H. Pederson
Critter du Jour
The Pete K Group
Drew Heinonen
Al Hedstrom and Don Bauer
Bicycle Army
Midwest Assembly
Amanda Hand
Unnamed Stream
Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling
The Trails End Band
skyBLUEtrio and the ORANGEgirl
Cook County's Most Wanted

2010 Acts
Briand Morrison
Cascade Mountain Sirrup Likkers
Michael Johnson
Pincushion Warblers
North Shore Community Swing Band
The Schlieps
Cook County’s Most Wanted
Timmy Haus
Bump and Jim Elverhoy
Ol’ Yeller

2009 Acts
North Shore Community Swing Band
Critter Du Jour
Michael Monroe
Bicycle Army
Trails End Band
Pete Kavanaugh
Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham
Trailer Trash

2008 Acts
North Shore Community Swing Band
Pincushion Warblers
The Schlieps
Briand Morrison and Gina Todd
The Sivertones
The Splinters
Trailer Trash

2013RadioWavesProgramGuideWEB.pdf2.1 MB
2012RadioWavesProgramGuideWEB.pdf1.86 MB
RW2014 poster.pdf3.46 MB
2014RadioWavesProgramGuideINSIDE.pdf2.15 MB
2014RadioWavesProgramGuideOUTSIDE.pdf1.52 MB
2015FullRWGuideLayout.pdf3.62 MB
FINAL_2017 Draft Full Guide Layout.pdf3.78 MB
2018 RWMF Program Guide_FINAL.pdf2.38 MB

Barb LaVigne & Yvonne Mills enjoy the 2015 Radio Waves Music Festival

A big Radio Waves thank you!

WTIP would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the many people who made this year’s Radio Waves Music Festival a success!