The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
Genre: 
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Buck Benson & Dick Swanson and producer Ann Possis provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, local features and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! News flash: Longtime Roadhouse host Buck Benson is on a bicycle trek pedaling from the equator to the tip of South America. To follow his adventure, see www.buckbenson.org He's due to return to the airwaves in December.
 
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:
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Musicians Thea Ennen & Dave Peterson make WTIP debut

Buck and Bob welcomed River Falls musicians Thea Ennen and Dave Peterson to The Roadhouse Aug. 17. Thea was a finalist in the Big Top Chatauqua National Songwriter's Contest, and received a MN Music award for Best Folk Album. Dave is an accomplished bluegrass and jazz guitarist, winner of several first place awards in MN State flatpicking contests, and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion.


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It's a car! It's a plane! No, wait....it's both! Greg Herrick talks quirky, vintage airplanes

Buck spoke Aug. 17 with Greg Herrick, president of the Aviation Foundation of America, and proud owner of a rare 1954 Aerocar (yes, a car with wings), which can be yours for only $1.25 million. You can see more cool old airplanes at his museum website.


 
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Kayaking from Northwest Angle to Key West...4,000 miles of lakes, rivers and ocean

Daniel Alvarez chatted with Bob Aug. 17 by phone from his kayak on the Big Lake near Two Harbors. Daniel is paddling from Northwest Angle to Key West, via the St. Louis and Mississippi rivers. You can follow his adventure here.


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Tonight on the Roadhouse: Kayaking MN to Key West, great music, and...a flying car?

Tune in to The Roadhouse tonight at 5. Buck and Bob chat with Daniel Alvarez, who's kayaking from Angle Inlet to Key West and recently passed thru Grand Marais.


 
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Pete K and Eric Meyer rock Studio A

Favorites Pete Kavanaugh and Eric Meyer (of the Pete K Group) stopped in to The Roadhouse Aug. 10 to play some great blues guitar.


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Singer-songwriter Charlie Roth makes his Roadhouse debut

 Charlie Roth plays a unique blend of Americana, folk, blues, country, Celtic and more. He stopped by Studio A Aug. 10 to chat and play a few tunes on his guitar, accompanied by his foot.


 
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Bump Blomberg joins Moors & McCumber for great music in Studio A

Buck and Bob welcomed James Moors and Kort McCumber, with local musician Bump Blomberg, to The Roadhouse Aug. 10, before their performance that evening at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs in Grand Marais.


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Grand Rapids musicians Matthew & Sam Miltich stop by Studio A

Matthew and Sam Miltich were in town Aug. 3 to play at Harbor Park during Fisherman's Picnic. They stopped by The Roadhouse to talk about the challenges and joys of being a rural musician and, of course, Sam played a few songs.


 
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Dr. Alena Grabowski on the science behind Olympian Oscar Pistorius' artificial feet

Buck chatted Aug. 3 with Dr. Alena Grabowski, research professor at the U of Colorado Boulder Locomotion Laboratory. She's involved in research and testing on people using assistive devices to walk and run, including Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. The study found that Pistorius does not receive any net advantage from using artificial feet to run.


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New study: School start dates before Labor Day negatively affect family travel & tourism

The U of MN Tourism Center conducted a study recently to look at how travel among households with school-aged children is affected when school starts before Labor Day. Ann Possis spoke Aug. 3 with Ingrid Schneider, director of the Center, about the results and what they might mean for tourism and for policy makers considering changing school start dates.