Centerstage Minnesota

Friday 2pm-4m & 10pm - mid
  • Hosted by Brett Carter

Centerstage Minnesota showcases the talents of Minnesota musicians. A local production of Northern Community Radio: KAXE - Grand Rapids and KBXE - Bemidji.

Violinist and Iron Range native, Jillian Rae talked with us during New Music this week in anticipation of our first CenterStage MN Concert of 2020.

We talk about her new album, I Can't Be the One You Want Me To Be, how she joined Two Many Banjos ('Hey, you have a violin!'), getting weird, cold medicine, and everything in between. Listen below.

Jillian Rae will be at the Mary Ives Studio Theater with her band on Thursday, January 16th. Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7pm. Tickets here.

Peggy Stevens Photography

Lyn Rye challenged herself to write and record a demo of a song once a week. Instead of a pile of new songs, the work resulted in her latest album "Roots of Rye" which is available now. The band stopped by the studio to play a live set and talk about their midwest tour ending in Bemidji. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Hear New Music with Kari Hedlund every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2 and 10.

Amy and Mark, known professionally as Amy and Adams stopped in the KBXE studios to chat and sing few songs from their 8th album, Something Different. The husband and wife team have spent more than two decades making, performing in all the usual venues and even on a movie soundtrack. They describe their music as Eclectic/FolkRock/TinPanAlley/BluesGrass. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

Penny Holcomb

From the far end of Minnesota, Six Mile Grove, stopped in the KBXE studio recently to talk about music, the Smithsonian art exhibit of Aunt Atlanta Sampson, and their 21 years of being in a band together. Hear the whole conversation by clicking below.

CenterStage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music. Join host Brett Carter, Fridays at 2:00 and 10:00 on KAXE/KBXE.

Lila Ammons got her start in classical music, specifically opera and oratorio. After years traveling the world, she added boogie woogie to her reperatoire and then switched to jazz. Hear her talk about what got her to jazz on this CenterStage Minnesota conversation by clicking below.

CenterStage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music. Join host Brett Carter, Fridays at 2:00 and 10:00 on KAXE/KBXE.

Martin Farrell, Jr. and Jenna Rae who perform together as Jenna & Martin stopped by the KBXE studio recently to talk about their upcoming album Cosmic Western Duets and sing a couple songs. Hear the whole interview by clicking below.

Centerstage Minnesota features Minnesota artists in an eclectic mix of folk, rock, blues, jazz, and world music hosted by Brett Carter Fridays at 2:00 and 10:00 on KAXE/KBXE.

The ever popular CenterStage Minnesota Concert Series will be back this fall for its fourth season! So far, this collaboration between KAXE/KBXE and The Reif Center has brought some seriously incredible acts to Grand Rapids in a one of a kind listening room; The Lowest Pair, jeremy messersmith, The Pines, Bad Bad Hats, Pert Near Sandstone, Erik Koskinen, The Cactus Blossoms, Actual Wolf, Gaelynn Lea...maybe I should just list all of the bands that have come because honestly, every show offers stunning talents from around Minnesota. 

I spoke with Ely musician, Donna Surface on New Music about their upcoming concert in Grand Rapids, this Saturday at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church 7pm.

Listen to our talk covering the egendary bluegrass LaPlant family in northern MN, how they'll be including Don LaPlant into the show, and playing for good people and great causes.

In Studio: Gaelynn Lea

Oct 11, 2018

Gaelynn Lea carved some time out for us to talk about her new album, Learning How To Stay, which is out now. 

After winning the NPR Tiny Desk Contest, Gaelynn and her husband, Paul, played around the world covering 42 states and 7 countries. In the past, Gaelynn has played and recorded her music solo with the help of a looping pedal. 

Over the past few years, Minnesota indie-rock band Hippo Campus, has made it to the top of 'Bands to Watch' lists around the world. These guys came out of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music and have a very educated knowledge of music. And they know how to write a hook.

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