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The Setlist: Where to hear live music May 3-4, 2024

"The Setlist" and "Grand Rapids, Aitkin, Bemidji, Laporte" written over a crumpled paper background.
Maria Hileman
Live music happening May 3-4 in Northern Minnesota.

KAXE's weekly list of concerts near you features Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison, Colleen "Boss Mama" Myhre and Aurora Baer, Caleigh and The International Treasures.

The Setlist for this weekend includes First Friday jazz, a new album release show, a celebration of Minnesota's folk music and a Midwest Country Music Organization best songwriter nominee.

As this Friday is the first of the month, Sam Miltich will once again be at Rapids Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids. Part of a larger monthly celebration of local art, Miltich is joined each month by different jazz musicians from around Minnesota. This month it is Grand Portage jazz guitarist Briand Morrison with music beginning at 6 p.m.

Two men playing jazz guitar on a stage.
Briand Morrison
Briand Morrison is joining Sam and Matthew Miltich at Rapids Brewing Co. on May 3, 2024.

In Aitkin, Colleen "Boss Mama" Myhre is playing an album release show at 7 p.m. at Sampaguita. The new album, Greetings From the Barnyard Lounge, is her first recorded with her band The Jebberhooch. Opening for Myhre Friday night is Aitkin musician Aurora Baer.

A woman holding a guitar and speaking into a microphone at a radio station.
Maria Hileman
Colleen "Boss Mama" Myhre at KAXE in 2024.

On Saturday, Bemidji folk trio Caleigh is playing a midday show at 1 p.m. at the Beltrami County Historical Society. The show, titled "They Brought Their Songs: International Folk Music in Minnesota," is presented by the Historical Society and the Bemidji Public Library. Caleigh has played together for nearly 30 years and fuse a variety of folk music styles like bluegrass, old-time, Celtic and more.

The International Treasures with Nikki Lemire are returning to the Popple Bar in Laporte on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. The duo of Doyle Turner and Ted Hajnasiewicz were nominees for the 2023 Songwriter of the Year award from the Midwest Country Music Organization. Lemire is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who will release her debut album on May 30 and is a member of The Foxgloves.

Friday, Jan. 5

  • Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison - 6 p.m., Rapids Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, free
  • Colleen "Boss Mama" Myhre and Aurora Baer - 7 p.m., Aitkin, Sampaguita, free

    Aurora Baer performing at KAXE's radio studio. She has short brown hair and is holding a blue electric guitar.
    Maria Hileman
    Aurora Baer at KAXE in March of 2024.

Saturday, May, 5

  • Caleigh - 1 p.m., Beltrami County Historical Society, Bemidji, free
    Three women sit facing the camera on a log crossing a river. To their left is a mandolin, the leftmost is holding a violin, the middle a bass, and the right a guitar. To their right is a harp.
    Folk trio Caleigh will be at the Beltrami County Historical Society on Saturday, May 4, 2024.
  • The International Treasures with Nikki Lemire - 5:30 p.m., The Popple Bar, Laporte, free

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.