Arts & Culture
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.
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.
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.
Twin Cities singer-songwriter John Mark Nelson performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on October 4th.
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.
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.
There were so many great acts and voices at this year's Radiowaves Festival, it was hard capturing them all!
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.