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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:
Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Climatologist Mark Seeley on year's biggest weather events, climate change

Mark Seeley is a longtime climatologist and commentator on MPR. He was recently in Grand Marais and stopped by the studios to talk with Dave about all things climate over the last year in Minnesota.


Space Monkey Mafia. Photo by Brian Neil.

Space Monkey Mafia AND Dash rock The Roadhouse

A Roadhouse record seven musicians join Brian and Dave in the studio.  Both Space Monkey Mafia and Bozeman, Montana based duo Dash rocked out in the studio together.

Space Monkey Mafia is Joe Barron, Riley Jacobson, Blake Foster, Tim Kingstrom, and Dante Leyva.  You can learn more about them on their Facebook page.

Dash is a duo of Kayti Korte and Ben Morris; you can also learn more about them of their Facebook page.


Photo by Brian Neil.

Celebrating the Night Sky

Last week was Celebrate the Night Sky Week organized by Starry Skies Lake Superior.  There were events around the lake including here in Grand Marais.  Brian spoke with Cynthia Lapp and Pippi Andrenni with Starry Skies Lake Superior to learn more about dark skies and the events that happened during the week.  Pippi is a jazz musician and artist-in-residence and she performed a couple of songs for us as well.

You can learn more about Starry Skies Lake Superior here.



Bob King of "Astrobob" blog fame talks autumn equinox, his new book, and more

Bob King, perhaps better known as the Astro Bob blogger, joins us regularly to talk all things space.  Bob chats with Dave about the autumnal equinox as well as his new book, "Urban Legends from Space: The Biggest Myths About Space Demystified."

You can learn more about Bob here.


Rootz Within.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Rootz Within jams on The Roadhouse

Rootz Within is an "Island jam reggae fusion" band from Detroit Lakes.  Two of the group's members, Jonah Bowe and Ryan Engberg joined Brian and Dave on The Roadhouse to play a few songs, and talk about the group origins.

The full group is:
Jonah Bowe- vocals, guitar
Tyler Renney- vocals, guitar
Ryan Engberg- bass
Scott Thompson- drums

You can learn more about Rootz Within on their Facebook page.


Rob Torkildson in the studio.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Hovland adventurer Rob Torkildson set to travel the world on a Viking ship

Hovland adventurer Rob Torkildson has had many amazing adventures and experiences, and is about to set off on another one…traveling the world on a Viking ship. It’s called the Midgard Expedition, and Rob joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more about it.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Mindfulness can help us manage stress in today's world

Practicing mindfulness can be a great way to help manage stress.  Sounds simple enough, but what exactly is practicing mindfulness?  To find out, Brian spoke with Doug Kennedy, leader of the Mindfulness in Education initiative at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing.  



Caitlin Nicol-Thomas in Studio A. Photo by Julie Carlson.

Caitlin Nicol-Thomas joins The Roadhouse

Nashville singer-songwriter-fiddler-actress Caitlin Nicol-Thomas joined Dave and Julie on The Roadhouse to perform some of her music in the studio, as well as chat about her recent her wedding, what's she up to next, and much more.


Grand Marais Public Library. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Minnesota Book Award authors to present in Grand Marais

The Moving Words series, a tour of Minnesota Book Award winning authors, is coming to Grand Marais next weekend, Sept. 14.
Featured authors include Cary Griffith, Ed Bok Lee, Wendy Webb, and Mary Wingerd.

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library sponsors the Minnesota Book Awards and hosts many other programs as well.
Alayne Hopkins, assistant director of programs and services at the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more.


The Federales on the Scenic Route in Sep. 2018. WTIP file photo.

The Federales bring country music to The Roadhouse

The Federales are a country-rock band from Minneapolis.  While in Grand Marais for a weekend full of shows at the Gunflint Tavern, the group joined Annie and Julie to make their Roadhouse debut. 

The Federales are:
Ben Miller – guitar, vocals
James Gould- electric guitar
Mark Larson – drums
Chris Holm- bass
Jay Scabich – fiddle

You can learn more about The Federales here.