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The Setlist: Where to hear live music Feb. 15-17, 2024

"The Setlist" and "Virginia, Red Wing, Gilbert, Park Rapids" written over a crumpled paper background.
Maria Hileman
Live music happening Feb. 15-17 in Minnesota.

KAXE's weekly live music spotlight features PK Mayo, the Big Turn Music Fest, Mark Joseph, Rich Mattson & The Northstars, and Lydia Rose.

We're looking at Thursday through Saturday this week, Feb. 15-17, with local shows in Virginia, Gilbert and Park Rapids.

In addition, we will continue to follow some of our favorite Northern Minnesota musicians who are playing elsewhere. Four local acts, plus many more you hear on KAXE, are playing this weekend in Red Wing at the Big Turn Music Fest.

First up we have PK Mayo, aka Paul Mayasich, at the Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia. Mayasich, who grew up in Eveleth, is a bluesy guitarist and singer-songwriter with a wide repertoire. He is an inductee into both the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame. Showtime is 7 p.m.

A close up of a smiling bearded man wearing a tweed cap.
Paul Mayasich, now performing as PK Mayo, will be at the Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia on Feb. 15, 2024.

From time to time we will be highlighting shows outside of our listening area, especially when local musicians are involved. The Big Turn Music Fest is this Friday and Saturday in Red Wing. Among the over 120 acts performing around the city will be Corey Medina & Brothers, Wild Horses, Ditty Wish and Brothers Burn Mountain.

In Gilbert, former Big Wu guitarist Mark Joseph is playing Friday night, 7 p.m. at the Ore House. Joseph, who refers to his music as American Soul, is on tour for his latest album Palisade Peach.

On to Saturday, but in the same city and at the same venue, Rich Mattson & The Northstars and Colleen "Boss Mama" Myhre will play 7 p.m. at The Ore House. The event is the fifth edition of the Sparta Sound Showcase series, which sees Mattson's group playing shows with other artists who have recorded at his studio.

A black and white photo of a band playing on stage. There is a drummer in the back, an acoustic guitar player on the right, an electric guitar player in the center, and a bass player on the left.
Paul Lundgren
Rich Mattson & The Northstars are playing this Saturday, Feb. 17 in Gilbert, MN.

Another 7 p.m. show is taking place Saturday in Park Rapids at the Armory Arts and Events Center. The Lydia Rose Band will be performing songs from Rose's debut album Ever-Flow, due out this spring.

Thursday, Jan. 15

  • PK Mayo - 7 p.m., Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia, $12 (general admission), $5 (student).

Friday, Jan. 16

  • Big Turn Music Fest - Multiple venues, Red Wing, $95 (2 day), $55 (1 day).
    A poster for the 2024 Big Turn Music Fest in Red Wing, MN. It takes place on Feb. 17-18 and lists, in order, Dave Simonett, Jillian Rae, Mike Munson Trio, Brothers Burn Mountain, Corey Medina & Bros, Maygen & The Birdwatcher,  Tony Cuchetti Band, Dan Israel, Porcupine, Gabriel Douglas, Native Son, Sacremento Knoxx, Black Light Animals, Desdamona & The Orange Goodness, Jada Brown, Tennessee Stiffs, Turn Turn Turn, and Welby June. Below it says "With 100+ other artists."
    Big Turn Music Fest
    The 2024 Big Turn Music Fest in Red Wing will feature Northern Minnesota artists like Corey Medina & Brothers, Brothers Burn Mountain, and more.
  • Mark Joseph - 7 p.m., The Ore House, Gilbert, free.
    Longtime Big Wu guitarist Mark Joseph, played in Grand Rapids with The American Soul.

Saturday, Jan. 17

  • Rich Mattson & The Northstars - 7 p.m., The Ore House, Gilbert.
  • Lydia Rose - 7 p.m., Armory Arts & Events Center, Park Rapids, $5.

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.