Matthew Baxley

Radio Waves Music Festival

WTIP Radio Waves 15 was a wonderful weekend of live music on the North Shore. To the incredible roster of musicians who performed–thank you! To all of the music fans who attended–thank you! And to our great crew of WTIP volunteers–thank you for your help to make it a great event!

Watch the 2022 Sizzle Reel right here!

The Radio Waves Music Festival is an annual, community outreach event and has become a tradition for visitors, area residents, and performing musicians. Several vendors will be on-site with food/beverages. Outside food and beverages are accepted on the grounds as well. Some chairs are provided under the tent, but feel free to bring your own. This is a kid-friendly event, this year, all kids under 12 will receive prizes at the gate. A note that your well-behaved pets are welcome – but please make sure they’re on a leash at all times.

Click here to see video highlights from the 2021 festival, produced by Bear Witness Media. Enjoy!

More information about the festival:

  • The Radio Waves Music Festival is a favorite for visitors, area residents, and musical performers. The first festival was held in 2008, to celebrate WTIP’s tenth anniversary on the air and since then has become an annual, community tradition.
  • Several vendors will be on-site with food/beverages. Outside food and beverages are accepted on the grounds as well.
  • Please make an effort to use the recycling and trash bins located throughout the grounds.
  • Some chairs are provided under the tent, but feel free to bring your own.
  • Well-behaved pets are welcome – but please make sure they’re on a leash at all times.
  • Admission – is $15 per day Friday and Saturday, $10 per day Sunday, and $30 for the weekend. As always, Radio Waves is free to children 12 and under. Pre-sale tickets are no longer available to purchase online (admission/tickets can be purchased at the festival).

Radio Waves is made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and is supported by a grant from Visit Cook County, Gunflint Trail Association and the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association.

Past Radio Waves Acts:

2022 Radio Waves program guide

2021 Radio Waves program guide

2020 Radio Waves program guide

2019 Radio Waves program guide

2018 Radio Waves program guide

2017 Radio Waves program guide

2016 Radio Waves program guide

2015 Radio Waves program guide

2014 Radio Waves Program Guide

2013 Radio Waves program guide

2012 Radio Waves Program guide

2011 Acts

  • North Shore Community Swing Band
  • Yvonne Mills
  • Blueberry JAAM
  • Bob Curry Family Band
  • Paul H. Pederson
  • Critter du Jour
  • The Pete K Group
  • Drew Heinonen
  • Al Hedstrom and Don Bauer
  • Bicycle Army
  • Zabobo
  • Midwest Assembly
  • Amanda Hand
  • Portage
  • Unnamed Stream
  • Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling
  • The Trails End Band
  • skyBLUEtrio and the ORANGEgirl
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted

2010 Acts

  • Briand Morrison
  • Cascade Mountain Sirrup Likkers
  • Michael Johnson
  • Pincushion Warblers
  • North Shore Community Swing Band
  • The Schlieps
  • Portage
  • KGB
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted
  • Timmy Haus
  • Splinters
  • Bump and Jim Elverhoy
  • Ol’ Yeller

2009 Acts

  • North Shore Community Swing Band
  • Critter Du Jour
  • Amigos
  • Michael Monroe
  • Bicycle Army
  • Trails End Band
  • Portage
  • Pete Kavanaugh
  • Rod-N-Real
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham
  • Trailer Trash

2008 Acts

  • North Shore Community Swing Band
  • Pincushion Warblers
  • Rod-n-Real
  • The Schlieps
  • Briand Morrison and Gina Todd
  • Portage
  • The Sivertones
  • The Splinters
  • Trailer Trash