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Scenic Route

  • Friday 4-5pm
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Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.


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Smokin' Joe Scarpellino at Gunflint Tavern. Photo by Will Moore

Smokin' Joe Scarpellino with Joe Barron- Live on WTIP

Smokin' Joe Scarpellino is a songwriter based in the Twin Cities, present throughout the Minneapolis jam band scene. He's known for collaborating with a wide array of musicians and bringing them together for various music projects and being the man behind the Galactic Get-Down music festival in southern Minnesota. He also produces his own "Smokin' Joe Show" regularly on Facebook live. He talks about all this and more along with some live original tunes featuring Space Monkey Mafia bassist Joe Barron live on WTIP.

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Danny Berka (left) and Chris Gillis try out the steel drums. Photo by Will Moore

Learning steel drums with Chris Gillis and Danny Berka

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is a non-profit organization that pairs local musicians with area youth for instrument lessons of all kinds. In this piece, we hear jazz musician Chris Gillis and ninth-grader Danny Berka decipher and learn to play an unusual and historied set of steel drums.

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Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League. Photo by Will Moore

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League return to WTIP

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League are a gypsy jazz revival quintet from the Twin Cities. Amidst a rich and blistering live session of new music and selections from their latest album Roadmilk, they talk about science fiction stories, staying in haunted buildings, and getting abandoned at gas stations. Hear their full live session with host Will Moore below:

The Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League are:

Kellie Reichert - vocals
Daniel Rosen - guitar
Alan Peterson - electric guitar
Jon Halquist - violin
Pete Whiteman - bass

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The Sprigs at WTIP. Photo by Kristin Middlesworth via Facebook

The Sprigs make Scenic Route debut with live performance

The Sprigs are a newly-formed trio hailing from the Gunflint Trail comprised of three friends working at Wilderness Canoe Bass. They feature Jake Persteiner on guitar/vocals, Dan Arhednt on bass/vocals, and Bill Middlesworth on drums. Listen below for their session with Will Moore on local music show The Scenic Route:

 

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Jack Willis with Chris Gillis

Learning Trumpet with Chris Gillis and Jack Willis

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers a program that connects local musicians as instructors to young students wanting to learn an instrument. In this piece, we hear a trumpet lesson from North Shore jazz musician Chris Gillis and his student Jack Willis, an upcoming junior at Cook County High School.

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Mary Bue performs in Studio A

Mary Bue returns to play live on the Scenic Route

Twin Cities songwriter Mary Bue is back from an extended trip to South Asia and back on the North Shore, with a new album not too far behind her. She joins Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about her time in Bali, teaching yoga at Naniboujou lodge this fall, and all about her upcoming record The World is Your Lover, of which she plays four new songs live.

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Gene LaFond

Gene Lafond remembers Willie Murphy on Scenic Route

Local musician Gene Lafond was lucky enough to have acclaimed, long-time Twin Cities musician Willie Murphy produce all three of his records. In this segment with host Will Moore, Gene talks about Murphy's career, his experiences working with him, and demonstrates how he help bring out the best in his music. He also finishes with a performance of a brand new song.

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Fish Heads - L to R: Paul Jones, Kim Curtis-Monson, Mike Monson

Fish Heads play live on Saturday Night Mix

The Fish Heads are an accomplished Americana trio from Duluth playing a wide variety of original and classic folk and country songs. Comprised of Mike Monson, Kim Curtis-Monson and Paul Jones, all three of them are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists. 

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SkyBLUEtrio and ORANGEgirl performing at 2011 Radio Waves.  Photo courtesy of Stephan Hoglund.

Sky Blue musicians talk jazz ahead of concert on Scenic Route

Sky Blue is a longtime jazz ensemble in Cook County that's taken on many different iterations. The current group features Mike Debevec on piano, Karina Roth of vocals, Mike Roth on bass, Erik Hahn on saxophone, Thomas Stamps on drums, with Eric Anderson often joining on trombone. The group held a horn-focused concert in late May at Bethlehem Lutheran Church featuring Tom Pfotenhauer of Duluth on trumpet. Debevec, Anderson, and Pfotenhauer join host Will Moore to talk about current jazz, composition, horn playing, and more.

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Chris Koza plays at Papa Charlie's, 2017

Chris Koza calls in to the Scenic Route

Twin Cities songwriter Chris Koza has a brand new album called Sleepwalkers, Part 1. He calls in to the Scenic Route with Will Moore to talk more about it, along with what it was like to sing the National Anthem at Allianz Field, an exciting new grant opportunity of his, and more ahead of a show at the Wunderbar with his full band.

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