Minnesota Music

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Christine Dean for KUMD

This Minneapolis-based songwriter and performer got his start in music as a teenager in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He's performed in Twin Cities bands including the Lowland Lakers, and released his debut solo album, Paper Over It, in January, 2020. He joined us in the studio on January 17, 2020, to talk about the album and share some tunes.

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Christine Dean

This long-time local folk singer, community choir director, and activist is releasing her sixth solo album, Song Like a Seed, on Sunday, December 22nd at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. We found out more and heard songs from the album when Thomsen joined us in the studio on December 19, 2019; listen to the session below.

Sara Thomsen
Sacred Heart Music Center

 

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Christine Dean for KUMD

This Twin Cities performer and composer joined us in the studio on  October 22 on the first-day of her week-long residency in Duluth that culminates in a show with Eric Mayson at Sacred Heart Music Center on October 26. Their project, Champagne Confetti, has been described as "Blurring the lines between ambient neo-minimalism, chamber music, and electro-R&B..."

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Andrew Resler for KUMD

New Power Generation (NPG) was Prince's backing band for many years. Members of that group reunited in 2017 and have been performing shows billed as Celebrating Prince. They'll be bringing that show to the Big Top Chautauqua on Saturday, July 7, and band members stopped by Studio A to chat with Christine Dean. Guitarist Levi Seacer, an original NPG member, keyboardist and musical director Morris Hayes, who worked with Prince on and off for 20 years, and the band's new, young vocalist MacKenzie, talked about working with Prince and the new project.

KUMD is pleased to announce the release of Live from Studio A Volume 1, a collection of 16 tracks recorded in our studios over the past several years.

Soundset

 

Hip Hot Hotdish hosts Paul Jensen (K.K. Sliderr) and Eli Hammarsteen (Big Fat Eli) were fortunate enough to attend this year’s installation of Soundset Music Festival at the Minnesota Fairgrounds this past weekend. They were joined by Programming Director, Mark Idstrom, and together experienced much of the diverse musical acts and experiences the festival has to offer. Paul sat down with the two after the festival to gather some of their thoughts on this year’s entertainment. Here’s what they had to say:

 

 

 

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www.redherringlounge.com

Minnesota's very own foot-stompin' rock'n'roll band, The 4onthefloor, returns to Duluth.

Date:  Friday, March 2Time:  9pm-11:55pmLocation:  The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E 1st St., Duluth, MN 55802
Tickets:  www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1628632 

Photo Provided by Jeff Jarvinen

In a year that saw the launch of Duluth's first all-female music festival, FeMNfest, we look back at a time when women weren't such a commonplace part of the music scene. Liz Minette talks with Ione Tomasetti of Iron Range band Renown and Duluth's Lorene Couture of bands Hostage and Legacy about their time in music, from their first-ever gigs to giving words of encouragement to a young Bob Dylan (then Bobby Zimmerman) after watching him get booed off the stage during a talent show to hearing their songs on the radio for the first time.

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Christine Dean for KUMD

Self described as "The Pied Piper of Wuss Rock," this Minneapolis singer/songwriter and Star Wars enthusiast's latest album is titled 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukelele. The accompanying songbook, available for free from his website, gives his fans a chance to learn the songs for themselves and come to one of the many shows on his Minnesota microtour to sing and play along.  We found out more when he joined us in the studio on June 3, 2017 during Folk Migrations. He performed a KUMD-sponsored show on June 4, 2017 at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth.

We are partnering with First Avenue to bring you this exciting lineup of Minnesota musicians to Bayfront Festival Park on Saturday, July 8. Gates open at 4:30 pm with music starting at 5:00 pm. The show also includes exciting opening acts: Remo Drive and J.S. Ondara. This an all-ages show!

Ticket purchasing information can be found at first-avenue.com.

Fiddler Eric Christopher and banjo player Anthony Ihrig of this Minnesota bluegrass 5-piece joined us in the studio on March 31, 2017. We talked about the band's non-traditional approach to playing traditional bluegrass; for example, their new album, "Daddy was a Bankrobber," due out June 16th, takes its name from a Clash tune they cover.  The band was in town to play at their first Cabin Fever Festival, sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association.

This eclectic band features members of Minneapolis music collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance. Trained in jazz and blues, members also experiment with hip-hop, soul, and Afrobeat. They joined us in the studio on December 16, 2016 for a preview of their show at Duluth's Red Herring Lounge the same night.

KUMD shared an concert on Thanksgiving with Native American musicians Sonny Johnson and Annie Humphrey in an evening of  Minnesota music and stories of shared traditions. The KUMD event Ojibwe Then & Now included a full day of events celebrating Ojibwe tradition and bringing it forward, from the youth of Remer schools performing at the traditional walleye feast  to this evening concert at Weber Music Hall. This event was supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by Native Lives Matter.

This Minneapolis alt-country performer recently put out his second release, and EP with tight backing band the Red Daughters. He'll be returning to the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth for a show on November 19th; we got a preview when he joined us in the studio on October 24, 2016.


Parr hosted a night of American Primitive guitar at the Red Herring featuring guitarists Matt Sowell, a Philadelphia native now living in Minneapolis, and Michael Wohl from Seattle. We heard some great guitar talk and live tunes on September 20, 2016 when the trio joined us in the studio. 


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