Arts & Culture

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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


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John Mark Nelson brings his talents to Grand Marais

Twin Cities singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on October 4th.


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Composer prepares to capture John Beargrease race in music

California composer Robin Eschner has been awarded a grant to compose a piece of music to accompany the 2016 John Beargrease Sled Dog Race along the North Shore.


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Pete Kavanaugh rocks The Roadhouse

Randy Eastlund & Matthew Brown welcomed Pete Kavanaugh to Studio A Sept. 26 for fun chat and great guitar. You can learn more about Pete's music and performance schedule here. 


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Renowned sculptor Wayne Potratz visits The Roadhouse

Matthew Brown had the opportunity to speak with artist and educator Wayne Potratz Sept. 26. Wayne recently retired from the U of MN after 45 years of teaching, and was named the 2013 Outstanding Art Educator by the International Sculpture Center. He's guest artist at Last Chance Gallery during Crossing Borders, which runs every day from 10 to 6 through Oct. 5. You can learn more about Wayne and see his work here


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Local Music Project: RadioWaves 2014 part 1

There were so many great acts and voices at this year's Radiowaves Festival, it was hard capturing them all!


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Briand Morrison launches new original CD, "Spiral"

Dick & Ann chatted with local musician & composer Briand Morrison on the eve of the CD release party for "Spiral." Briand partnered with the North Shore Music Assosication, with funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, to write 12 original blues, rock and jazz pieces for guitar with backing instruments and vocals. The CD includes performances of 17 local musicians, and several songs are sampled in this interview. You can learn more about Briand's music here.


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The Pines bring unique indie-roots sound to The Roadhouse

Dick & Ann welcomed The Pines (Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt) to Studio A Sept. 19 to chat and play a few songs. Listen for beautiful melodies and haunting lyrics. They were in town to wind up their summer touring season at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs. You canlearn more about The Pines here.


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Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy CD release concert: September 20

There will be a CD release concert for Briand Morrison's Blues Galaxy at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on September 20.


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Fingerstyle guitar master Pat Donohue stops by The Roadhouse

Bob Carter & Dick Swanson were delighted to welcome Pat Donohue, one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world, to Studio A Sept. 12. Pat is the guitarist for the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band of MPR's A Prairie Home Companion, and was in town to play North House's Unplugged concert the next evening. You can learn more about Pat's music and his performance schedule here.