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"The Scenic Route" features local and regional music (fensterbme/Flickr)

  • Friday 4-5pm
Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.

What's On:
Tim Kingstrom and Dante Leyva of Space Monkey Mafia

Space Monkey Mafia plays loud and live on Scenic Route

Space Monkey Mafia is a mighty and energizing six-piece band from the Twin Cities mixing rock, punk, and ska influences. Their debut album "Sorry for Your Time" is released March 23rd. Ahead of a weekend of shows at Grand Marais' Gunflint Tavern, they join Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about the new release and playing gigs and festivals throughout the region.

Featured musicians:

Blake Foster - guitar/vocals
Dante Leyva - sax/vocals
Tim Kingstrom - sax/vocals
Joe Barron - bass
Riley Jacobson - drums

Special thanks to Aren for sound mixing.


James Everest at Harbor Park in February

James Everest talks "sound garden" and new Roma di Luna on Scenic Route

James Everest is a musician and artist who is no stranger to bringing his work to the North Shore.

He performed with his group BLACKFISH and performance company Catalyst for a series of dance and storytelling performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in 2014-2015. Now he's returning to Grand Marais with a "sound garden". This coming Memorial Day weekend, his project will transform all of Harbor Park into a 3-D sonic space for visitors to walk through and experience.

He is also a member of the Minneapolis based band Roma di Luna, who are releasing their first record since 2011 in May. He talks with host Will Moore about the process of recording that album, along with everything that the sound garden will entail.


Jack Klatt

Jack Klatt on the Scenic Route

Jack Klatt is a Minneapolis based folk singer and songwriter headed to the North Shore for Papa Charlie's Monday Night Songwriter Series. He talks with host Will Moore about leaving college to hitchhike out west and begin a music career, playing new songs with a recently formed full band, and other upcoming projects in 2018.


Maria Nickolay

Maria Nickolay returns to Cook County and the Scenic Route

Maria Nickolay has returned to her home of Cook County after spending several years abroad in Northern Ireland. having just released her first album "Through the Ashes" before leaving. Will Moore chats with her on the Scenic Route to learn about her work and experiences overseas, and we hear several new songs from Maria performed in Studio A.


John Mark Nelson at Papa Charlie's

John Mark Nelson talks "Four Days Away" on Sidetracks

Twin Cities songwriter John Mark Nelson chats with host Will Moore for a special interview on Sidetracks ahead of a show at Papa Charlie's Wednesday Night Songwriter Series. He talks about the unexpected process of writing and recording his 2017 album "Four Days Away", and musical plans for the upcoming year.


Shawn Neary

Shawn Neary of Cloud Cult on Scenic Route

Shawn Neary is the bass player and multi-instrumentalist for the band Cloud Cult, who last weekend sold out yet another of their annual shows at Papa harlie's in Lutsen. He also plays with Viroqua, WI based group The Medicine Brothers. Shawn talks about Cloud Cult's recent show in Lincoln Center, creating the soundtrack to a dog mushing documentary, and upcoming shows with the Minnesota Orchestra.


Staci and Ryan of Cherry Dirt

Cherry Dirt live on WTIP

The always entertaining Cherry Dirt, the duo of Ryan and Staci Cihlar (as well as Mary the dog), join Will Moore and Carl Solander for a special ukulele-jamming Saturday live music session following a gig at Cascade Lodge Pub.


Boyd Blomberg

Boyd Blomberg reveals details of new Pushing Chain album

Longtime Cook County musician Boyd Blomberg comes on Sidetracks to discuss new information about the anticipated second album from local "folky-tonk" duo Pushing Chain. He talks about working with producer Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody and his Last Planet Airmen and finding studio time and players in the Austin, TX music scene.


Sonofmel on KUMD

SonofMel revisits the North Shore on Scenic Route

John Adler performs as SonofMel, playing talking-style blues with intricate, personal lyrics and deep vocals that have been compared to Johnny Cash. Hailing from Hayward, WI, he performs alongside Jordan "The Slideman" Grunow to create a a layer of countryish twang and build into some meaningful Americana. John talkes to Will Moore ahead of a show at Cascade Lodge Pub about a particularly harsh winter, playing a Tom Petty tribute show, and new music.


Dessa at Papa Charlie's

Dessa returns to North Shore on Scenic Route

Minneapolis hip hop artist Dessa returns to Papa Charlie's on the North Shore, and to the WTIP airwaves talking to Will Moore on the Scenic Route. She talks about her upcoming album Chime, how a trip to Turkey inspired its first single "Fire Drills", outlines an upcoming international tour, and praises her supporting acts.