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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:
Jerry Vandiver & Lacie Carpenter

Jerry Vandiver and Lacie Carpenter perform on The Roadhouse

Nashville performer and Roadhouse favorite Jerry Vandiver was accompanied by fellow Nashville performer Lacie Carpenter during another wonderful performance on The Roadhouse.  You can learn more about Jerry and his music here.


Peter Mayer

Singer songwriter Peter Mayer stops by The Roadhouse

Minnesota based singer Peter Mayer recently performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.  Prior to that performance, he joined Dave and Brian on The Roadhouse.  He talked about how he balances family with a music career, and about his unique guitar he brought along for this performance.



Thunderheads rock The Roadhouse

The Thunderheads made a return stop to The Roadhouse while they were recently in Grand Marais for a couple gigs.  The group played some original tunes and spoke with Roadhouse hosts Julie and Dave about the band has been up to.   The Thunderheads are Steve Blexrud; lead guitar and voice,  Don Blue; bass guitar, Bill Boyce; drums. Find out more about the band and future performances here.


Charles L. Matsch GeoDome Theater.  Photo courtesy Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium.

Dark Sky Caravan coming to Cook County

Cook County is one of the darkest spots in the country, making it a perfect place to look at the sky. The Dark Sky Caravan, a mobile planetarium, is coming up the shore and will be in Cook County August 13-17.  Dr. Joel Halvorson, director of the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at UMD, recently joined The Roadhouse to fill us in on what we can expect.  


Slider Flights - One of the new foods at the 2018 State Fair.  Photo courtesy Minnesota State Fair

New foods coming to the Minnesota State Fair this year

The 2018 Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner and it’s a Roadhouse tradition to find out about all the new foods they’re offering. Roadhouse host Julie Carlson spoke with Danielle Dullinger from the Fair to tell us what to expect this year.  A full list (with pictures) of all the new foods at this year's fair can be found here.


Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo

Musical duo Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo return to The Roadhouse

Local artists Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo recently made a return trip to The Roadhouse with another great performance.  The duo also spoke with host Ann about their progress on a second album and more.


Grand Marais harbor

2018 International Yacht Race begins in Grand Marais

The 2018 International Yacht Race began in Grand Marais on Saturday, August 4.  The course is 77 miles long, beginning right in front of the Grand Marais lighthouse and ending in Thunder Bay.  Bob Vander Ploeg is the fleet captain of the Thunder Bay Yacht Club, and he joined The Roadhouse prior to the start of the race to talk about yacht racing on Lake Superior.


Grand Marais Public Library. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

New cloth bags now available at the Grand Marais Library

The Grand Marais Public Library received a gift of 16 handmade cloth bags recently from the local Fiber Arts Guild, for use by patrons in carrying their books home. Roadhouse host Ann Possis spoke with Jo Wood, a Guild member and well-known bead and fiber artist, about this project. 


Mary Bue (Photo via Facebook)

Mary Bue on The Roadhouse

Musician Mary Bue recently stopped by The Roadhouse on her way up the North Shore for a gig at the Wunderbar.   She brought in her ukelele and guitar to give us a fantastic performance out of studio A.


Layne Kennedy (Photo via Twitter)

Photographer Layne Kennedy describes how to tell a story with images

Layne Kennedy is a world-class photographer whose work appears in places like Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure, and Outside magazines, just to name a few.  He also teaches photography, and he was recently in Grand Marais teaching a class at North House Folk School.  While here, he stopped by the WTIP studios and chatted with Roadhouse host Brian Neil about his work.