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Scenic Route

"The Scenic Route" features local and regional music (fensterbme/Flickr)

  • Friday 4-5pm
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Local & Regional Music

A showcase of local and regional music.


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Joe Dunn at Papa Charlie's

Joe Dunn of Frogleg on the Scenic Route

Frogleg is a genre-blending 6-piece jam band from Minneapolis that got their start as a house band at Bunker's Music Bar and Grille. Guitarist and vocalist Joe Dunn speaks with host Will Moore about the band's unique sound and how quickly things have moved since their first album in 2015. They played as part of Lutsen Mountain's Lake Effect festival at Papa Charlie's.

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Boyd "Bump" Blomberg

Boyd Blomberg on open mic nights and Pushing Chain's year

Boyd "Bump" Blomberg has long been a mainstay of the local music scene in Cook County. He speaks with Scenic Route host Will Moore about his experiences hosting the open mic night at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen, as well as what his duo Pushing Chain has been up to and has in front of them in 2017.

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Charlie Bruber (photo: Alex Stevens and Danielle Kennedy)

Bass player Charlie Bruber on the Scenic Route

Charlie Bruber is an electric bass player from the Twin Cities currently playing with the groups Tabah and Black Market Brass, an afrobeat dance ensemble. Ahead of a show at Papa Charlie's in Lutsen, he speaks with host Will Moore about how he came to love African music, recording in Nashville, and how his life has changed since college. 

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Eira, with Jim Ofthsun middle right.

Duluth-based Celtic group Eira brings "Glen Tidings"

Eira (pronounce EH-ra) is a five-piece group from the Duluth area playing tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland, and beyond. They recently released a new holiday themed album called "Glen Tidings", featuring a wide array of seasonal songs. The band's Jim Ofthsun speaks with host Will Moore about the album and playing Celtic music around Lake Superior.

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NSMA logo

All About the North Shore Music Association

Chair and co-chair of the North Shore Music Association Chel Anderson and Wayne Russ speak with host Will Moore about how the organization brings national and international artists to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, and perpetuates a culture of music within Cook County.

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Josh Schmidt and Brady Lillie

Step Rockets return to Cook County for fundraiser, acoustic session

After completing a West Coast tour, two members of the Minneapolis band Step Rockets came up to Grand Marais to play a special acoustic duo show at Voyageur Brewing, as well as a fundraiser for Birch Grove Community School, which guitarist/vocalist Josh Schmidt attended during his childhood in Lutsen. Will Moore talks with Josh and Brady Lillie about their tour, adventures while road tripping, why education is important to them, and what's next for the group.

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Cover of Starmaps

Rich Mattson talks about the Northstars' Starmaps

Rich Mattson is a long time Minnesota musician, producer, and sound engineer based out of Sparta, MN on the Iron Range. The second album from his band the Northstars is called "Starmaps". Rich calls in from Sparta Sound studios to tell us what went into making the new album and how it's different than last time.

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Josh Schmidt

Josh Schmidt gives an update on the Step Rockets on the Scenic Route

Lutsen-born Twin Cities Musician Josh Schmidt has had a wild couple of years with his band the Step Rockets, who have completed several tours and a new EP entitled Future Nature. He speaks with Will Moore about his experiences touring through the South, future West Coast plans, recording, and the ins and outs of the music biz regarding opening acts and promotion.

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L to R, Sandler Waggoner, Jaia Wilbour, Shawn Neary, Raina Gravatt

The Medicine Brothers and Anima play on The Scenic Route

A special treat on the Scenic Route - two duos from Veroqua, WI come to Grand Marais just to play on WTIP before a show together in Duluth. They are the Medicine Brothers (Shawn Neary and Sandler Waggoner), and Anima (Jaia Wilbour and Raina Gravatt). The four of them take turns playing original songs, talk about the music culture in their hometown, and how a local bookstore led them to discover each other's sound.

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Banjoist Tim Leutbeg (left) with lead singer Adam Stariha

Tim Leutgeb of Black River Revue on Scenic Route

Black River Revue is a hard-and-fast bluegrass band from the Twin Ports area, and frequent visitors of Grand Marais' Gunflint Tavern. Banjoist Tim Leutgeb calls in and speaks with Will Moore on the band's beginnings and current festival circuit.

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