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Radio Waves Music Festival

A view of Radio Waves Music Festival 2013 from the Sweetheart's Bluff Sliding Hill (Carah Thomas)
A view of Radio Waves Music Festival 2013 from the Sweetheart's Bluff Sliding Hill (Carah Thomas)

8th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival: 
September 11 to 13, 2015 

The eighth annual Radio Waves Music Festival was September 11 to 13, 2015 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais campground and featured over 30 local and regional acts (see the listing of musicians below).  Once again, it was a wonderful event.  Here's our official "thank you" to the community for making it happen!

The Radio Waves Music Festival is sponsored by WTIP North Shore Community Radio, an independent, local radio station broadcasting from the north shore of Lake Superior.  It is held annually, the weekend after Labor Day.

The 2015 Radio Waves Music Festival was made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and supported by funds from the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association and Visit Cook County.

 2015 Radio Waves Music Festival Performers:

FRIDAY, September 11
4:00 pm  North Shore Community Swing Band
4:50 pm  Sky Blue Trio
5:35 pm  Angel Hair Rasta
6:20 pm  Oversize Load
7:05 pm  Shoot from the Hipsters
7:50 pm Wild Berry Jam
8:30 pm  SplinterTones

SATURDAY, September 12
10:00 am  Heck Yeah Holler String Band
10:45 am  Frozen Britches
11:25 am  Plucked Up String Band
12:05 pm  Fred Anderson
12:35 pm  Portage
1:25 pm    Briand Morrison
1:55 pm    Larry Carpenter and Laura Moe
2:25 pm   The Curry Family Band
3:10 pm   Roxann Berglund
3:40 pm   The Brother Love Band
4:20 pm   Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club
5:00 pm  Earth, Wind & Todd
5:50 pm   Andy Keith
6:20 pm   Cook County’s Most Wanted
7:45 pm   Lake Effect
8:30 pm  Rich Mattson & the North Stars

SUNDAY, September 13
10:00 am  The Carpenter Ants with Gordon Thorne
11:30 am  Gillman & Bowers
12:15 pm  Amaroq
1:00 pm   Gina Lee
1:40 pm   Trails End Band
2:20 pm   Lehto & Wright
3:00 pm   John Silliman
3:30 pm   The Pete K. Group
4:15 pm   Maria Nickolay
4:45 pm   Louis Medina
5:30 pm   The Carpenter Ants

Cooperation Station Daycare (Friday and Saturday only)
Double D's BBQ
Elfvin's Bakery (Sunday only)
FIKA Coffee
Great Expectation's School


The History of Radio Waves:

The Radio Waves Music Festival started in 2008 as part of WTIP Community Radio's ten-year anniversary celebration.  It was originally intended to be a single-year event - a thank you to the community for ten years of support - but because of the tremendous response, has turned into an annual event.

The festival takes place annually on the weekend after Labor Day, when the busy summer season is coming to a close and community members tend to have more time to get together and share the weekend with friends and family.  There's a tent in case of rain, kids activities for a portion of each day, and on-site food, so people can spend the entire day enjoying live music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Past Radio Waves Acts:

2014 Acts:  View the 2014 Radio Waves program guide part 1 and part 2.

2013 Acts:  View the 2013 Radio Waves program guide.

2012 Acts:  View the 2012 Radio Waves program guide.

2011 Acts
North Shore Community Swing Band
Yvonne Mills
Blueberry JAAM
Bob Curry Family Band
Paul H. Pederson
Critter du Jour
The Pete K Group
Drew Heinonen
Al Hedstrom and Don Bauer
Bicycle Army
Midwest Assembly
Amanda Hand
Unnamed Stream
Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling
The Trails End Band
skyBLUEtrio and the ORANGEgirl
Cook County's Most Wanted

2010 Acts
Briand Morrison
Cascade Mountain Sirrup Likkers
Michael Johnson
Pincushion Warblers
North Shore Community Swing Band
The Schlieps
Cook County’s Most Wanted
Timmy Haus
Bump and Jim Elverhoy
Ol’ Yeller

2009 Acts
North Shore Community Swing Band
Critter Du Jour
Michael Monroe
Bicycle Army
Trails End Band
Pete Kavanaugh
Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham
Trailer Trash

2008 Acts
North Shore Community Swing Band
Pincushion Warblers
The Schlieps
Briand Morrison and Gina Todd
The Sivertones
The Splinters
Trailer Trash

2013RadioWavesProgramGuideWEB.pdf2.1 MB
2012RadioWavesProgramGuideWEB.pdf1.86 MB
RW2014 poster.pdf3.46 MB
2014RadioWavesProgramGuideINSIDE.pdf2.15 MB
2014RadioWavesProgramGuideOUTSIDE.pdf1.52 MB

Barb LaVigne & Yvonne Mills enjoy the 2015 Radio Waves Music Festival

A big Radio Waves thank you!

WTIP would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the many people who made this year’s Radio Waves Music Festival a success!