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Black River Revue in Studio A

Black River Revue returns to The Roadhouse with original bluegrass

"Freshwater bluegrass" band Black River Revue, from Duluth and Superior, made a delightful return appearance on The Roadhouse. Listen for great original tunes and news of their upcoming CD release and tour this fall. Black River Revue is Adam Stariha, guitar/vocals/harmonica; Ian Kvale, bass/vocals; Tim Leutgeb, banjo/guitar/vocals; and Nate Hynum, mandolin/vocals.  You can learn more about the band's music and schedule here. 

Cover of To Gentlemen featuring Rachel Ries

Her Crooked Heart gives an EP "To Gentlemen" on Scenic Route

Her Crooked Heart is new name of Minneapolis musician Rachel Ries, who kicks off Papa Charlie's summer Monday Night Songwriter Series.

Courtney Yasmineh & Rob Genadek in Studio A

Singer/songwriter Courtney Yasmineh makes Roadhouse debut

Rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Courtney Yasmineh visited The Roadhouse for the first time recently, while in town to perform at the Stars of the North Music Festival. She and her producer Rob Genadek made amazing music, and Courtney shared stories about her life and career. You can learn more about Courtney and her music here. Her first work of literary fiction, "A Girl Called Sidney," is just out from Gibson House Press.

Cover of The Dead Pigeons "Even if I Knew"

The Dead Pigeons' Drew Peterson talks DIY Americana on Scenic Route

Drew Peterson is the lead singer and songwriter of the Dead Pigeons, a folk/Americana group forged out of Minneapolis' West Bank venue collaborations.


Crazy Chester brings Southern-influenced rock to The Roadhouse

St. Paul-based band Crazy Chester honors the music of classic, blues-filled roots rock. They made their Roadhouse debut when they were in town recently to play at the Tavern. Crazy Chester is: Steve Abenth, percussion & vocals; Martin Marty, guitar & vocals; Drew Peterson, bass guitar & vocals; Bill Singsaas, guitar; and Dan Raschick, percussion & drums. Learn more about them on their Facebook page. 

Lake Superior Day logo

LSProject: Celebrate our Big Lake on July 16

Each year on the third Sunday in July, communities around the Big Lake celebrate Lake Superior Day. There are activities around the lake to celebrate, but how did it all begin?

Joey Shaheen of The Wrong Omar

The Wrong Omar rocks the tent during "Summer of Love" membership drive

Fun Twin Cities band The Wrong Omar showed up again this year to play during membership drive, outside under the big tent. The Wrong Omar is: Logan Amos, bass; Becky Shaheen, acoustic guitar; Laura Lou, ukulele; and Joey Shaheen, electric guitar. You can learn more about the band and their music here

The Spirit and the Sky by Mark Hollabaugh

Mark Hollabaugh talks about his new book, "The Spirit and the Sky: Lakota Visions of the Cosmos"

Mark Hollabaugh has written a very interesting book about the role and significance of astronomy in Lakota culture, "The Spirit in the Sky: Lakota Visions of the Cosmos." Dave read the book and chatted with Mark about it during membership drive. Mark is an emeritus instructor of physics and astronomy at Normandale Community College, and a part-time Cook County resident.

Photo by Marina Chavez

Roots rocker Mary Cutrufello stops by Studio A

St. Paul-based roots rocker Mary Cutrufello has been in the business for 25 years, on a musical journey from Connecticut to Texas to the Midwest. She stopped by The Roadhouse on her way to a house concert to benefit the Grand Marais Music Collaborative. You can learn more about Mary and her music and schedule here.

"Flying Funny" by Dudley Riggs

Show business veteran Dudley Riggs, founder of the Brave New Workshop, on The Roadhouse

Dudley Riggs is a fifth-generation member of a distinguished show business family. He's worked in many areas of the biz, as everything from an aerialist to a stage director, but is best known as the father of improvisational theater. Dave chatted with Dudley about his recently released memoir, "Flying Funny," from the U of MN Press.