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The Roadhouse

  • Friday 5-7pm
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Dave TerSteeg, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and producer Ann Possis, provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.


What's On:
Rootz Within.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Rootz Within jams on The Roadhouse

Rootz Within is an "Island jam reggae fusion" band from Detroit Lakes.  Two of the group's members, Jonah Bowe and Ryan Engberg joined Brian and Dave on The Roadhouse to play a few songs, and talk about the group origins.

The full group is:
Jonah Bowe- vocals, guitar
Tyler Renney- vocals, guitar
Ryan Engberg- bass
Scott Thompson- drums

You can learn more about Rootz Within on their Facebook page.


Rob Torkildson in the studio.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Hovland adventurer Rob Torkildson set to travel the world on a Viking ship

Hovland adventurer Rob Torkildson has had many amazing adventures and experiences, and is about to set off on another one…traveling the world on a Viking ship. It’s called the Midgard Expedition, and Rob joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more about it.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Mindfulness can help us manage stress in today's world

Practicing mindfulness can be a great way to help manage stress.  Sounds simple enough, but what exactly is practicing mindfulness?  To find out, Brian spoke with Doug Kennedy, leader of the Mindfulness in Education initiative at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.  



Caitlin Nicol-Thomas in Studio A. Photo by Julie Carlson.

Caitlin Nicol-Thomas joins The Roadhouse

Nashville singer-songwriter-fiddler-actress Caitlin Nicol-Thomas joined Dave and Julie on The Roadhouse to perform some of her music in the studio, as well as chat about her recent her wedding, what's she up to next, and much more.


Grand Marais Public Library. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Minnesota Book Award authors to present in Grand Marais

The Moving Words series, a tour of Minnesota Book Award winning authors, is coming to Grand Marais next weekend, Sept. 14.
Featured authors include Cary Griffith, Ed Bok Lee, Wendy Webb, and Mary Wingerd.

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library sponsors the Minnesota Book Awards and hosts many other programs as well.
Alayne Hopkins, assistant director of programs and services at the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more.


The Federales on the Scenic Route in Sep. 2018. WTIP file photo.

The Federales bring country music to The Roadhouse

The Federales are a country-rock band from Minneapolis.  While in Grand Marais for a weekend full of shows at the Gunflint Tavern, the group joined Annie and Julie to make their Roadhouse debut. 

The Federales are:
Ben Miller – guitar, vocals
James Gould- electric guitar
Mark Larson – drums
Chris Holm- bass
Jay Scabich – fiddle

You can learn more about The Federales here.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Using acupressure as a way to relieve lower back pain

A recent study finds that acupressure can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. Dr. Suzanna Zick joined Annie on The Roadhouse to tell us more about the traditional Chinese medicine technique.  Dr. Zick is the co-director for the integrative family medicine program at the University of Michigan.


Northern Lights on the Gunflint by Bryan Hansel

Dark Sky efforts underway at Voyageurs National Park

Northeastern Minnesota is one of the darkest places in the world, making it great for nighttime sky viewing.  Voyageurs National Park is applying for certification from the International Dark Sky Association.  Ashley Wilson, dark sky intern at the park joined Julie on The Roadhouse to tell us more about dark skies and the certification process. 


The Dang Ol' Tri'ole. Photo by Brian Neil.

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole perform on The Roadhouse

The Dang Ol’ Tri’ole is a 5 person bohemian folk group from the Twin Cities.  They joined Dave and Brian on The Roadhouse to perform some of their original songs for us.

The Dang Ol' Tri'ole is Rob Higgins: Bass/Vocals, Richard Yaegar: Trumpet/Vocals, Michael Higgins: Guitar/Vocals, Wesley Full: Cajon/Congas, and Dan Yaeger: Aux Percussion.

You can learn more about the group on their Facebook page.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

DNR seeking more seed collectors for tree nurseries

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is in need of more people to collect seeds for their tree nurseries. Kristina Somes, Minnesota DNR nursery supervisor joins Brian on The Roadhouse to tell us more.

You can also learn more on the DNR website here.