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The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
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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! 
 
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:
Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse observes 39th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Lee Radzak is historic site manager of Split Rock Lighthouse, a position he's held for over 30 years. He spoke with Dick recently about the lighthouse, his work, and the event Nov. 10 to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You can learn more about the lighthouse here.


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The Emory Lester Set brings amazing bluegrass to Studio A

Ann Possis & Will Moore were delighted to welcome the Emory Lester Set (Emory Lester, mandolin; Al Smith, guitar; and Kene Hyatt, bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 31. They were in town for the 24th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Lester is considered one of the most accomplished mandolin players in the country. You can learn more about Emory Lester here.


 
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Angel Hair Rasta visits The Roadhouse on Halloween

Ann Possis & Will Moore welcomed new local band Angel Hair Rasta to Studio A. They played a Halloween reggae concert at the American Legion in Grand Marais on Halloween night to raise money for the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, a nonprofit organization created to support music in Grand Marais.


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Shorter days can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)---psychiatrist explains

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist talked with Ann Possis Oct. 31 about the causes and symptoms of SAD, and what people can do to address and overcome it. 


 
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Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club bring gypsy jazz to Studio A

Ann & Dick welcomed Grand Rapids-based  group the Clearwater Hot Club (Sam Miltich, lead guitar; Mike Miller, rhythm guitar; Matthew Miltich, upright bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 24 for wonderful music and interesting conversation about the origins and current state of the music known as gypsy jazz. You can learn more about their music here.


 

Chris Gillis & Max Bichel remember & celebrate jazz musician Frank Gillis

Dick & Ann welcomed Chris Gillis and Max Bichel to Studio A Oct. 24 to talk about the "Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion." Frank was a big part of the local music scene for many years. Chris invited two members of Frank's band, plus many local musicians, to join him for two nights of concerts at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs, featuring  blues, jazz, and boogie woogie. 


 
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Can uncertainty be motivating? Psychologist Ayelet Fishbach's research says yes

A new study to appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Consumer Research finds that uncertainty can be rewarding...specifically, that people put more effort into winning an uncertain reward. The lead author of the study, Dr. Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, joined Ann Possis recently to explain.


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Carol Johnston, expert beaver researcher, on how beavers affect our landscape

Dr. Carol Johnston is a professor of ecology at South Dakota State University who just received a National Science Foundation grant to compile her years of research on how beavers have affected the ecosystem at Voyageurs National Park. She talked with Dave TerSteeg Oct. 17 about how and why beavers dramatically alter the places they live. 


 
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Michael Monroe debuts new CD, "Call of the Moose"

Dave TerSteeg & Ann Possis welcomed local singer-songwriter Michael Monroe to The Roadhouse Oct. 17 for music and chat. Michael just released a new CD, "Call of the Moose." You can learn more about his music and performance schedule here.


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The Barley Jacks bring original acoustic sound to Studio A

Dick Swanson & Bob Carter welcomed The Barley Jacks to The Roadhouse Oct. 10 for great music that combines elements  of bluegrass,  blues, Celtic, and more. The Barley Jacks are Brian Wicklund, Joe Cruz, Kevin Rowe, and Joel Arpin. You can learn more about them and their performance schedule here