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"Flying Funny" by Dudley Riggs

Show business veteran Dudley Riggs, founder of the Brave New Workshop, on The Roadhouse

Dudley Riggs is a fifth-generation member of a distinguished show business family. He's worked in many areas of the biz, as everything from an aerialist to a stage director, but is best known as the father of improvisational theater. Dave chatted with Dudley about his recently released memoir, "Flying Funny," from the U of MN Press.  

Sara Pajunen and Rachael Kilgour of Sound an Echo (photo by Hilary Stein)

Sound an Echo comes to Grand Marais

Sound an Echo is a new duo project consisting of Minnesota musicians Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen.

LSProject/Logo by Lauryl Loberg

LSProject: Mons Hanson - The life and death of a Hovland pioneer

In the early 1900s, many Scandinavian immigrants settled along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

courtesy Patrick Scully

Minnneapolis performance artist Patrick Scully portrays Walt Whitman in one-man show

Minneapolis performance artist Patrick Scully has created and performs a one-man show about the life and times of Walt Whitman. It's called "Leaves of Grass--Illuminated," features Whitman's poetry, and addresses his reality as a gay man in the mid-1880s. Patrick was in town to perform the show, and joined Ann Possis to talk about why he chose Whitman as his subject, what he wants to convey, and much more. You can learn about Patrick and his work here.

Triple Truffle Trotters, courtesy MN State Fair

The scoop on new foods at the fair this summer...Swine & Spuds, anyone?

It's only two months away...the start of the 2017 MN State Fair. And every summer there are fun new foods to try. Dennis Larson, license administration manager for the fair, chatted with Ann Possis about this year's new foods and how they're chosen. The 2017 fair starts Aug. 24. You can find the complete list of new foods here.


Axtell returns to Scenic Route with "Traveler"

Axtell, the duo of Cook County native Katrina Axtell and Julain Hernandez of Argentina, return to Scenic Route to talk about their latest tours, videos, songs, and adventures.

Josephine Michener & Jerry Vandiver

Nashville performers Jerry Vandiver & Josephine Michener visit The Roadhouse

One of our favorite guests, Nashville singer-songwriter Jerry Vandiver, made his annual pilgrimage to the north country, this time accompanied by fiddler Josephine Michener. They had six gigs in three days in the county, and we were lucky to get on their busy schedule. Listen for delightful, original music and fun chat. You can learn more about Jerry and his music here.

The Sea The Sea, left to right: Steve Schuss, Cara May Gorman, Mira Stanley, Chuck E. Costa

The Sea The Sea performs live on Sidetracks

The Sea The Sea is an Albany, NY based indie folk duo of Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. Joined by Cara May Gorman and Steve Struss, they create a captivating sound with powerful harmoines.


Music ensemble Pyrrha visits The Roadhouse

The Minneapolis-based experimental musical ensemble Pyrrha was in Grand Marais to perform their original score for the 1928 silent film "The Fall of the House of Usher." They stopped by The Roadhouse to talk about their work and share a few of their songs composed for this and other films. The group is Jackie Beckey (viola), Jonathan Kaiser (cello) and Adam Wozniak (bass). 

"Canoes" by Mark Neuzil & Norman Sims

Minnesota author Mark Neuzil discusses his latest book, "Canoes"

Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims have written a gorgeous, illustrated history of a very special watercraft: "Canoes: A Natural History in North America." Mark joined guest host Dave Seaton to talk about putting the book together and what makes a canoe so special. They'll be presenting at North House's Wooden Boat Show the weekend of June 16.