Listen Now
Pledge Now


Radio Waves Music Festival

WTIP North Shore Radio Announces a Format Change for the 13th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival, to take place Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

Grand Marais, Minn., June 22, 2020 –WTIP Community Radio is pleased to announce that the Radio Waves Annual Music Festival will take place on Saturday, September 12 as a one-day, on air, live music event from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Because of COVID-19 restrictions placed on public gatherings, the festival has been changed from an in-person concert, to a full day of live music performances that will be shared on the air at 90.7 FM North Shore, 90.1 FM Grand Portage and 89.1 FM Gunflint Trail. The one day music event can also be heard in its entirety online at

You can find the 2020 Radio Waves Program Guide right here. 

This marks the 13th year of this annual festival, and thirteen Minnesota musical acts will play full musical sets to be broadcast live on WTIP Radio throughout the day. The “13 in 13” lineup details are right here:

Start Time Artist Location
9 am Sky Blue with Horns WTIP 
10 am Eric Frost Virtual from Lutsen
11 am One Less Guest WTIP
12 pm Jim McGowan Virtual from St. Paul
1 pm Aho Family WTIP
2 pm Colleen Myhre Virtual from Mahtowa
3 pm Kilborn Quartet WTIP
4 pm Red Lips Virtual from Grand Marais
5 pm Portage WTIP
6 pm Lady Spruce Virtual from Minneapolis
7 pm Chris Gillis with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative WTIP
8 pm Bump Blomberg Virtual from Cook County
9 pm Rich Mattson and the Northstars WTIP

Leading up to the start of the live music at 9am, will also be featuring a musical introduction from the North Shore Community Swing Band, keeping the tradition of the group kickoff the festival alive!

And here's a fun way to be a part of the day--follow the event page on Facebook, and learn how to enter a chance to win a limited-edition Radio Waves 2020 bandana. We'll be giving away one each hour, throughout the day!

If you are able to join us for any portion of the festival, please take a few minutes to fill out the Radio Waves 2020 Survey:

Take the 2020 Radio Waves Survey!

The Radio Waves Music Festival is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

More information about the festival, for the future, when it can safely return as a public event:

  • 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 online or at the gate – is $15 per day Friday and Saturday, $10 per day Sunday, and $30 for the weekend. As always, Radio Waves is free to children 12 and under. 

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


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:

2019 Acts: View the 2019 Radio Waves program guide.

2018 Acts: View the 2018 Radio Waves program guide.

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
2019 RWMF Program Guide.pdf2.58 MB
RW_2020_ProgramGuide.pdf9.69 MB

Radio Waves Evening, 2019 (Photo by Will Moore)

WTIP Radio’s 12th annual Radio Waves festival reports a diverse music lineup and high attendance

September 13, 2019—Grand Marais, MN—In keeping with Radio Waves tradition, the Cook County Community Swing Band filled the large stage on Friday, September 6, at Sweethear


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!