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The Roadhouse

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:

Steelhead fishing underway on the North Shore

It's just about the prime season for steelhead fishing on the North Shore.  DNR Lake Superior Area Fisheries Supervisor Cory Goldsworthy joined The Roadhouse to tell us all about this species of fish.  


Colleen Myhre.  File photo

Colleen Myhre and Tony Peterson perform live on Roadhouse

Mahtowa musician Colleen Myhre joins Tony Peterson of The Social Animals for a performance on The Roadhouse.  Colleen also gives us a preview of her upcoming album.


Target Field features a new living wall this season. Photo from Minnesota Twins

New 'Living Wall' included in upgrades at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins' season is finally underway.  If you've watched any of their games so far, you may have noticed Target Field has a new, greener look this year.  Twins' Communication Manager Matt Hodson joined us on The Roadhouse to tell us about all the changes.

Image from Minnesota Twins


Christopher Preston. Photo via Twitter.

What is carbon offsetting, and does it really make a difference?

It's the busy time of year for traveling and often that means flying.  Recently, the option to purchase a carbon offset for your flight is becoming popular.  University of Montana philosophy professor and author Christopher Preston joined The Roadhouse to tell us more about carbon offsets, and whether it's worth purchasing. 

Christopher article mentioned in the interview can be found here.



Jon Kallberg in Studio A

Jon Kallberg joins The Roadhouse with a new guitar

Jon Kallberg stopped by The Roadhouse with a new guitar to play some of his music for us.  Jon also chatted with Dave about the various inspirations for his music and more.



Meteorologist Paul Huttner talks spring weather and more

Brian talked with Paul Huttner, MPR meteorologist, about the recent spring-like conditions, wacky weather terminology, and more. 


Lonnie Dupre and Pascale Marceau.

Canadian climber becomes first known woman to summit a major subarctic peak in winter

On March 11, climbers Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais and Pascale Marceau of Canmore, Alberta, reached the summit of Mt. Wood despite wind chills of -45.  Mt. Wood is located in the Saint Elias Mountains of Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon, Canada, and is Canada's sixth highest peak at 15,912 feet.  Marceau is now the first known woman to summit a major subarctic peak in winter.

Dupre and Marceau joined The Roadhouse to tell us about their accomplishment and the eventful two days leading up to reaching the summit.


Jim McGowan in Studio A

Jim McGowan shares some Irish songs

Jim McGowan stopped by the Roadhouse over St. Patrick's Day weekend.  He spoke with hosts Dave and Ann about what his plans for the weekend were, as well as play a few Irish songs for us.


Gordon Thorne in Studio A.  Staff photo

Gordon Thorne talks Fingerstyle Masters Weekend coming in April

The 10th Fingerstyle Master Weekend will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20 at Cascade Lodge.  The event features Phil Heywood, Randy Sabien, and Gordon Thorne.  

Friday night there will be pub session with Randy and Gordon.  On Saturday there are multiple guitar workshops, one at 10 am with Gordon, and one at 1 pm with Phil.  There will also be a fiddle workshop with Randy on Saturday.  Also on Saturday, there will be a concert at 7:30 pm.

Gordon Thorne stopped by the Roadhouse to chat with Ann and Dave about the upcoming weekend, and of course, play a few songs while in the studio.


Photo courtesy Billy Johnson Music

Minneapolis musician Billy Johnson rocks The Roadhouse

Minneapolis-based musician Billy Johnson made his Roadhouse debut this weekend in-between a number of gigs across the county.  You can learn more about Billy and his music here.