It’s spring! Yay! Creative energy is in the air all over northern Minnesota! In this segment, we continue our conversations about first Friday arts events with updates on new exhibits in Brainerd and Bemidji and a conversation with singer songwriter Jeremy Messersmith who has been working with students young and old in the Brainerd area this week. Jeremy will perform at Central Lakes College tonight at 7pm!
Every first Friday of the month we check in with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids to find out what will be happening on First Friday. Katie did not disappoint today! Artists in the attic, reading challenges, live music, a printmaking workshop and and exhibit that consists of 98 pieces, each less than 10″ in size! All that and a soon-to-be ice cream truck make this First Friday in May pretty magical!
Brian Milller and Randy Gosa’s band, The Lost Forty, is all about melding arts with culture and history. Together, they’ve been on a mission to revive folk songs long dormant and nearly forgotten. This week The Lost Forty is touring northern Minnesota with a presentation that involves photographs, history, stories, and, of course, music. Brian Miller joined the morning show Wednesday to discuss his work with The Lost Forty, how they go about arranging songs from generations ago, how their presentations of music combined with history creates community connections, and much more.
Little Disasters is a group of young musicians from the Twin Cities who are bringing the pop-punk fever that dominated the decade of the ’00s into the 2020s. Though only halfway through high school, the trio of Mick Lynch, AJ Hermann and Finn Perry have a high-energy and super polished sound with the help of Isaac Levy. Host Will Moore talks to Mick about their sound, their latest singles, balancing teen life with making music, and future aspirations.
Spinning Voices is the moniker of St. Louis Park based electronic music producer David Boeser, who for his latest album Ductworks decided to try something radically different than his past projects. The album is an exploration of both nostalgic memories and the harsh and constant noises from metal ducts, vents, furnaces, and other machines found within everyday homes. He joins Will Moore on the Scenic Route to talk about how the album came to be and process for creating the complex songs.
WTIP’s First Stirrings of Spring Membership Drive concluded earlier this week as a massive success thanks to all our generous listener-members and volunteers. During that time WTIP aired several different programs celebrating the spring holidays of Holi and the Persian New Year with musical guests sharing their talents and favorite songs for the season. You can find them archived below. They are:
– Dan Rein of Minneapolis playing traditional Iranian instruments
– Matthew Rahaim of the University of Minnesota sharing songs of Holi
– Aida Shaghasemi, Persian contemporary singer based in Minneapolis, performing with Nima Hafezieh
– Dr. Pooja Gaswami Pavan, Hindustani singer and composer, with Allalaghatta Pavan on tabla
Longtime Boundary Waters adventurer and Nashville songwriter Jerry Vandiver has a new EP with fiddler Caitlin Evanson called Special Limited Edition – a set of five songs about paddling, camping, and the outdoors made specifically for the Canoecopia exhibition in Wisconsin. Jerry tells us about the new songs, the expo, and life in the Music City.
Steve Noonan is a Twin Cities based songwriter and musician who released his second full-length release Dreamland in January. A guitarist with a penchant for playing 12-strings, he began his time in the Minnesota music scene as an engineer at Paisley Park, working on two albums for Prince and New Power Generation. He talks about his time in the fabled studio and stories behind this latest batch of songs in a unique outdoor interview with Will Moore.
Lake County musicians Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo catch up with Will Moore on The Scenic Route with a performance from their vacation spot of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, featuring original songs and great travel stories.
Note: This performance originally aired on 2/25/22 on Scenic Route