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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:
Tom Ogren courtesy Allergy-Free Gardening

Pollen-allergy researcher Tom Ogren talks allergy friendly gardening

Thomas Ogren is an allergy researcher and horticulturist​ and he recently stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with Dave about what we can do to make our gardens and the world safer for those with asthma and allergies.


Border Country

"Border Country" tells stories of early 20th century canoeing adventures

"Border Country" covers eight canoe adventures taken by Howard Greene and others between 1906 and 1916.  Greene wrote about the trips with great detail in his journal.  Martha Greene Phillips compiled the journals and authored the book detailing the trips. She stopped by The Roadhouse and chatted with Jay about those camping and canoe trips her father embarked on.



Dave and Amy Freeman on upcoming "Pedal to DC"

Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman will be traveling over 2,000 miles and across nine states during their "Pedal to DC"  They stopped by The Roadhouse just before the local send-off party in Grand Marais on April 13, 2018, to talk with hosts Dave and Tom about the trip.


Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota hosts open house in Grand Marais

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is holding an open house at the Lower Conference Room in Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Tuesday, April 17, from noon to 7 pm.  This opens house provides an opportunity to learn about the programs and services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.  

If you can't make it to the open house or missed it, Lisa Peterson with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota recently stopped by The Roadhouse and opened up to Tom about her journey with epilepsy, as well as talk about resources for those who have, or who know someone affected by epilepsy.


Siama (Photo by Dallas Johnson)

Siama and his Congo World Quartet on The Roadhouse

Before a gig and a couple workshops here in Grand Marais, Siama and his Congo World Quartet stopped by The Roadhouse.  The group features Siama, singer Dallas Johnson, global music drummer Tim O'Keefe, and renowned cellist Jacqueline Ultan.  Learn more about Siama and his music here.


Courtesy MN Sea Grant and Chris J. Benson

What is Food-Fish Aquaculture, and is it possible in Minnesota?

Don Schreiner is a Fisheries Specialist with Minnesota Sea Grant, and he recently stopped by The Roadhouse and he spoke with Matthew about Food-Fish Aquaculture, and some of the challenges facing aquaculture in Minnesota.


Courtesy EPA

Superfund sites are being repurposed, a science journalist describes how and why

Across the U. S., Superfund sites are being repurposed as recreational areas, renewable energy facilities and more.  May offer lessons for the future.  Freelance science journalist Lynne Peeples joined the roadhouse and spoke with Jay about these sites.



Clearwater Hot Club Trio brings jazz to Studio A

Dave and Tom welcomed the Clearwater Hot Club Trio (Sam and Matthew Miltich, Briand Morrison) to The Roadhouse to play some great jazz music, and share a few stories and laughs too.


North Country Fair

North Country Fair stops by The Roadhouse

All female local band North Country Fair joined The Roadhouse in Studio A to play a few tunes and chat with hosts Dave and Tom.



The Thunderheads return to The Roadhouse

The Thunderheads Trio once again stopped by The Roadhouse and played some original tunes, as well as a cover or two.  The Thunderheads Trio are Steve Blexrud, lead guitar and vocals; Craig Paquette, guitar; and Don Blue, bass.  More information about the band and future schedule here.