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The Setlist: Where to hear live music Jan. 26, 2024

Over a background of crumpled paper is written "The Setlist" and "Gilbert, Little Falls, Aitkin, Bemidji."
Maria Hileman
Live music happening Jan. 26, 2024 in Northern Minnesota.

KAXE's weekly live music spotlight features Dave Rave and The Governors, Kelley Smith, Charlie Parr, HALEY, and Kitchi Boogie.

The Setlist this week is all about kicking the weekend off right, with all four of our selected shows taking place Friday, Jan. 26.

For folks looking to see live music, there is variety in genre and geography. Across the area, there will be rock, folk, blues and jam-funk in Gilbert, Little Falls, Aitkin and Bemidji. All begin at 7 p.m.

Dave "Rave" DesRoches is a Canadian rock 'n' roller whose credits include The Shakers, Teenage Head and The Dave Rave Conspiracy.

Five men standing in a grassy field with their arms around each other. They are the band Dave Rave and The Governors.
Dave Rave
Dave Rave and The Governors.

When visiting Minnesota, he performs as Dave Rave and the Governors with local musician and friend Rich Mattson on guitar. They are playing The Ore House in Gilbert.

Musician Kelley Smith holding a guitar with a microphone in front of her.
Kelley Smith/Michael Loren
Brainerd musician Kelley Smith performing in 2023 at CoHaus in Grand Rapids.

Folk musician Kelley Smith is bringing her distinct vocals and old-timey sound to Great River Arts in Little Falls. Smith released her debut EP Moon Child in 2022, and she will be joined on stage by Jed LaPlante of Wild Horses on guitar and bass.

A man on stage playing guitar and singing into a microphone. There is a metal statue of an owl behind him.
KAXE file photo
Charlie Parr performing at the 2021 Riverfest.

In Aitkin, two musicians who began their careers in Duluth are sharing a bill at The Ripple Center. Charlie Parr, who recently released the first single "Boombox" from his upcoming album Little Sun, and HALEY, whose 2023 Hunca Munca was her first solo album since 2018.

Kitchi Boogie are a funk rock jam band from Pennington who will be at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. The group features KAXE volunteer On The River and Dead Set host Papa Steve Ross.

Listen to KAXE at 2 p.m. Friday for a pre-show interview and live session with Charlie Parr on Centerstage Minnesota, and follow KAXE on Facebook and Instagram for chance to win a pair of tickets to the show!

Friday, Jan. 26

  • Dave Rave and The Governors - 7 p.m., The Ore House, Gilbert, free.
  • Kelley Smith - 7 p.m., Great River Arts, Little Falls, $12 (advance), $15 (door).
  • Charlie Parr, HALEY - 7 p.m., The Ripple Center, Aitkin, $25.
  • Kitchi Boogie - 7 p.m., The Chief Theater, Bemidji.
    HALEY joined Malachy Koons on Centerstage Minnesota to talk about her upcoming album, Hunca Munca, and the Saturday, March 25, show at The Ripple Center in Aitkin.

Would you like to get the word out about live music? Email to share event info.

The weekly live music spotlight is made possible by the citizens of Minnesota through the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Malachy started his radio career at a college radio station, where he played weird music in the middle of the night to possibly no one. On a good night maybe his parents were listening. Nonetheless, he was hooked on public radio and is still doing it today. He joined Northern Community Radio in 2022, where he gets to share his passion for local music as Producer of Centerstage Minnesota, an all Minnesota music show airing Fridays at 2pm.