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The Setlist: Where to hear live music May 9-11, 2024

"The Setlist" and "Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Gilbert" written over a crumpled paper background.
Maria Hileman
Live music happening May 9-11 in Northern Minnesota.

KAXE's weekly list of concerts near you features Outside People, the Spring Soirée Musical Fundraiser, Heatbox, and Pride In the Arts.

This week's Setlist has an up-and-coming acoustic singer-songwriter from Grand Rapids, a longtime Twin Cities musician touring through Northern Minnesota, and multiple acts playing for good causes at fundraisers in Bemidji.

Dani Kerr is a Grand Rapids based musician who performs as Outside People. She is playing Rapids Brewing Co. this Thursday at 6 p.m. An acoustic singer-songwriter, Outside People showcases her soulful vocals and lyrics dealing with the highs and lows of life.

In Bemidji, Rail River Folk School is hosting the Spring Soirée Musical Fundraiser for Nameless Coalition for the Homeless. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday evening, the event will feature music from Kristi Miller & Friends, Roadside Attraction, The 3rd and Foxby.

KAXE presents Erik Koskinen and Mae Simpson at Rapids Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids on May 16.

Aaron "Heatbox" Heaton is a singer, rapper, beatboxer and longtime member of the Twin Cities hip-hop scene. He released his latest album Hilarious & Epically Legendary in 2023, and is playing The Ore House in Gilbert, Friday night at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Rail River Folk School is back at it hosting Pride In The Arts from 4-8 p.m. A fundraiser for Bemidji Pride, it will feature queer artists including indie-rockers Foxby and folk-punk singer-songwriter Shannon Murray.

A woman holding a guitar and singing in a bookstore.
Bemidji musician Shannon Murray who is performing Saturday, May 11 at Pride In The Arts.

Thursday, May 9

  • Outside People - 6 p.m., Rapids Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, free
    A woman sitting on a staircase leading against the wall with her hand on her cheek. She is illuminated by a red light.
    Dani Kerr
    Outside People, the solo musical project of Dani Kerr, is playing Thursday, May 9 at Rapids Brewing Co.

Friday, May 10

  • Spring Soirée Musical Fundraiser - 5 p.m., Rail River Folk School, Bemidji, free
  • Heatbox - 8 p.m., The Ore House, Gilbert, free
    A photo of a concert with two performers on stage. One is holding a ukulele and singing into a microphone. The other is playing a flute.
    Galen Higgins
    Minneapolis musician Aaron "Heatbox" Heaton will be at the Ore House in Gilbert this Friday, May 10, 2024.

Saturday, May 11

  • Pride in the Arts - 4 p.m., Rail River Folk School, Bemidji, free ($5 suggested donation)

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.