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The Roadhouse

  • Friday 5-7pm
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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.

 


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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Travis Novitsky and Joel Halvorson talk Dark Sky Festival

Cook County is home to one of the darkest skies in the nation, and adventurers, artists, and photographers from around the world travel here to experience them. This past weekend marked the second annual Dark Sky Festival, and two of the organizers, photographer Travis Novitsky and educator Joel Halvorson, joined Brian to talk about the festival and all things dark skies. 

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Photo courtesy Jane Allen.

Walking over 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain

Commander Jane Allen of the Royal Naval Reserves in Britain recently finished a solo walk around the entire coastline of Britain, approximately 5,500 miles. The goal of the walk was to raise funds and awareness for two Naval charities, the Women's Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust and the The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.  Ann spoke with Jane to find out more. You can learn more at http://www.victorywalk.uk.

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Maxophone and Heatbox in Studio A

Heatbox and Maxophone perform on The Roadhouse

Heatbox is the alter ego of Aaron Heaton, a Minneapolis-based vocal performer who blends vocal percussion and vocal turntablism with the simulation of horns, strings, musical instruments, and various sonic anomalies. 

Heatbox was recently in the area performing with Maxophone at the SnowBall Music and Ski Festival in Lutsen.  The pair joined Ann and Dave on The Roadhouse to play a few songs and talk about their unique instruments and music.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

New study details benefits of world's largest lakes

The Large Lakes Observatory at UMD is just out with a study detailing the many ways the world’s largest lakes benefit people. Since we live on one, we wanted to learn more. Dave spoke with Bob Sterner, director of the Large Lakes Observatory, to learn more about the new study.

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Sky Tavern by Emily Tidwell

Beau Larson and Emily Tidwell on new ski film "Return to Send'er"

Lutsen Mountains had a film screening of the Matchstick Productions ski film, "Return to Send'er" this past weekend.  Beau Larson and Emily Tidwell joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more about the film, and how growing up skiing with the Lutsen team has prepared them for what they do now.

Beau grew up on the slopes of Lutsen Mountains and now works for Matchstick Productions out of Crested Butte, Colorado and served on the team that produced this movie. Emily is also a Cook County graduate.  She now is under contract to shoot photos for some of Lake Tahoe's largest ski areas.  Some of her work was also featured during the film screening this past weekend.

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From left to right: Al Oikari, Jon Sullivan, Jason Fladager.

Super Duty and Al Oikari join The Roadhouse

Super Duty's Jon Sullivan (vocals), and Jason Fladager (guitar) joined Al Oikari for a recent gig in Grand Marais.  While here, the group also joined Ann and Dave to play some tunes and talk about the band.

You can learn more about Super Duty here.

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Photo courtesy Staci Drouillard.

Staci Drouillard on her recently published book, "Walking the Old Road"

Staci Drouillard of Grand Marais (and WTIP development director) is just out with her first book, “Walking the Old Road: A People's History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.” She’ll be reading from and signing the book Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5 pm. at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. Staci joined Ann in the studio to tell us more about her book.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Talking turkey with the Butterball Turkey Talk Line

It’s time again to talk turkey! The Butterball Turkey Talk Line fields thousands of calls at this time of year. Turkey expert Bill Nolan joined Dave to share tips and memorable calls ahead of Thanksgiving.

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Saints of Circumstance in Studio A in Oct. 2018

South Shore-based Saints of Circumstance perform on Roadhouse

South Shore band The Saints of Circumstance stopped by The Roadhouse before a recent gig on the North Shore.  The group is normally a quartet, but performed without their drummer Jeff Kriner, as a trio of David Blong (guitar), Olaf Kirsten (guitar), and Scott McCafferty (bass). 

You can learn more about the group here.
 

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Jack and the Ghost from University of Minnesota Press.

Illustrator Lucy Michell on new picture book set on the North Shore

Musical artists and author/illustrator duo Chan Poling and Lucy Michell are just out with a beautiful picture book for everyone, set on the North Shore. They’ll be in Grand Marais Nov. 30 at Drury Lane Books.  Julie caught up with Lucy recently on The Roadhouse to talk more about the book. 

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