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.

After a week of talking about hope and new life during our Spring Member Drive (pledge here!), Hat Drop by Sugar on the Roof, fits right in. Hope about the revival of music from long ago, hope about the future and new life of that music, hope about local musicians because they've brought so much joy, hope from musicians who think thoughtfully about covering that old time music and how to bring it into a world so different from when it came. 

Open Door Policy is the 8th and latest album from The Hold Steady, filled with stories about  mental health, the destructive influence of wealth in society, food, and other human stories. Giving those stories a voice is the sing/talking style of Craig Finn, who has a way of conveying the human spirit better than most. 

The phrase, 'room enough, time enough', comes from the name the Navajo used to describe their ancestral homeland in northern Arizona and New Mexico, not far from where this record was made. 

Minnesota lost a music legend last week, Peter Ostroushko, at the age of 67. He was a fiddler and mandolinist, playing with greats of all kinds during his lifetime. 

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm for Part 2 of an intimate concert with Ostroushko, recorded on June 11, 2004 at the Davies Theater in Grand Rapids. Ever the storyteller, he explains how he ended up on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, why he played with his eyes closed, and many other gems along with some incredible playing. 

Our album of the week comes from Minnesotan and blueswoman, Annie Mack, who has released an EP titled Testify

​Many bands are making the best of our pandemic situation by offering ticketed virtual events. Starting this Thursday, check out Trampled by Turtles new virtal series, Trampled by Thursdays. 

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.