Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music including Dessa, Soo Line Loons, Christopher David Hanson Band, Buffalo Gals Girls Band, Teague Alexy, Annie and the Bang Bangs and more.
We’re far-flung this week on Stay Human, swimming the world with Carolyn King, and hearing what it’s like to be 5000 miles from home, the lure of the unknown, how a homebody finds the world at his doorstep, and tips for the traveler from far-flung correspondent David McDonald. Lace up your tavellin’ shoes for words and music.
Norah Rendell is the Artistic Director for the Center for Irish Music(CIM) in St. Paul, MN. Saturday, February 20th at 7pm the CIM will host their annual Eigse – it’s an event celebrating traditional Irish music, arts, and culture. This year, the “Gaela” is happening virtually, so anyone with access to the internet can attend. With an online Celtic art auction and stellar performances by instructors including Norah, her husband Brian Miller and Cory Froehlich (both of Bemidji), and many others. Everyone is encouraged to join in this unique and festive celebration by visiting Center for Irish Music’s website, YouTube channel, or Facebook page.
It’s going to be a mix of performances, virtual performances. Some of them will be live from the Celtic Junction Arts Center… musicians, including Brian and Danny Diamond, who’s a fantastic fiddle player who’s just moved here from Ireland, There’s going to be some dancing. The whole thing is emceed by a friend of ours named Mairtin de Cogain who is a great bodran player and just a great entertainer who lives in California. He’s going to be hosting from his house in California, along with Brian and I at the Celtic Junction.
Sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite tell us about their new novel “One of the Good Ones.” It’s a story about a family grieving the loss of a sister in an incident of police brutality, and brings to light what it means to be deemed “worthy” when you’re Black.
Tammy Bobrowsky talks with Rachel Lynn Solomon, writer and former public radio producer, about her new novel called “The Ex Talk.” It’s a romantic comedy about two public radio personalities who fall in love while pretending to be exes.
Tammy Bobrowsky talks with young adult writer Sharon G. Flake. Her new novel is called “The Life I’m In”, it’s the story of a young woman trapped in the underworld of human trafficking.
Minneapolis gospel music icon Robert Robinson talked with Phil Nusbaum about Robert’s Black History Month show slated for Crooner’s 5PM, February 27. In the conversation, Robert described what it is like for him to prepare a show that references centuries of African American History.
Bonnie Lundorff owner of Willow Wood Market in Bemidji joins the Friday Morning Show to talk about quilting during a pandemic. Willow Wood Market is a quilt shop and wool studio that prior to Covid was a meeting place for quilters and crafters and was home to a wide array of classes. Bonnie shares with us her idea for a new Covid friendly way to put on a quilt show and she talks about what quilting has meant to her during the pandemic.
In just four years Nedahness Rose Greene’s ability to capture the essence of a moment has changed her life. Currently exhibiting in four galleries, Nedahness has shared the stage with Snoop Dog and her work has been featured in the Washington Post. With clients including Heart Berry, the Northern Sparks nighttime arts festival, and the United States Hip Hop Coalition, her momentum continues to build. Nedahness’s current exhibit in the Miikanan gallery at the Watermark Art Center is called Mashkawiziiwag “They are Strong.” It’s a collection of powerfully intimate images captured at gatherings including Black Lives Matter marches, George Floyd protests, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women awareness events. In this Area Voices segment, learn about her journey as an artist and why representation in media matters to her.