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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.


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Photo courtesy of Ellie Ballantine

Bluegrass band The Thirsty River performs on The Roadhouse

Twin Cities-based bluegrass band The Thirsty River (Evan Jungbauer, Banjo; Jake Jungbauer, Guitar; David Anderson, Percussion/Keys; Mike Store, Acoustic Bass; Ben Jungbauer, Mandolin) returned to WTIP to play on The Roadhouse. They played a number of original tunes and talked about how the band came to be.  You can learn more about The Thirsty River here


Image courtesy Bell Museum

Bell Museum set for grand opening at new facility

The Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum, was founded in 1872. They’ve just spent three years building a new, state of the art facility, and their grand opening is next weekend. Holly Menninger with the Bell Museum joined The Roadhouse to tell us more.



Ellen Stekert in Studio A

Folklorist Ellen Stekert performs and shares stories from folklore

Folksinger, folklore scholar, and former president of the American Folklore Society Ellen Stekert joined The Roadhouse to share some stories from folklore.  Stekert brought a guitar along as well and performed one of her favorite songs.


Jim McGowan in Studio A

Roadhouse favorite Jim McGowan stops by Studio A

Regular Roadhouse guest Jim McGowan stopped by The Roadhouse ahead of a couple gigs in Cook County, including one at the upcoming Hovland Arts Festival.  Jim played a few covers and spoke with hosts Dave and Brian about what he's been up to over the past year.


Ebooks Minnesota

Ebooks Minnesota - an online book collection available to all Minnesotans

Ebooks Minnesota is a free online book collection available to all Minnesotans within the state. In its third year, more and more folks are using this easy way to access thousands of titles.  Valerie Horton director of the University of Minnesota's Minitex program joined The Roadhouse to tell us more about this program.  



Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners

Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners make Roadhouse debut

Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners recently made their first trip to Grand Marais to play a gig at the Wunderbar.  But, before they played there, they stopped by The Roadhouse to play some of their original tunes, as well as some classic country covers.  More information about the band can be found here.


Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World

Graphene - A new super material

Graphene is a sheet of carbon atoms that is light, flexible, stronger than steel and a better conductor of electricity than copper. It's still in the development stages, but getting used in many products and processes already. Even though its inventors won the Nobel prize for it in 2012, it's practically unknown to the general public. Joseph Meany co-authored the book, "Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World," and he stopped by The Roadhouse to tell us all about graphene. 


Ellie Krug

Transgender activist Ellie Krug on The Roadhouse

Nationally-recognized trans activist Ellie Krug spoke at the Grand Marais Public Library June 23 as a part of the second annual Grand Marais Gay Pride celebration.  Before that presentation titled, "Living as Other in America: How to Bridge our Divides," Ellie joined The Roadhouse to talk about her experience transitioning from male to female in 2009, and share ideas on how everyone can be more inclusive.



Poet Bart Sutter talks about and reads from his new book

Bart Sutter is an award-winning author and a past Poet Laureate of Duluth.  He recently published a new book titled, " Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood".  He stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with Jay about his new release, and read a few poems as well.  


sPARKit! mobile trailer

sPARKit! comes to Cook County

sPARKit! is a project sponsored by Springboard for the Arts in the Twin Cities. The “sPARKit” mobile trailer invites the public to come, play games, and engage in conversation and will be at various sites in Cook
County the week of June 18-22, courtesy of the Grand Marais Public Library. Soozin Hirschmugl is the creative force behind sPARKit, and she called into The Roadhouse to speak with Dave about sPARKit.