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.

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.

jeremy messersmith has been out and about throughout Grand Rapids all week long. If you've missed him, you weren't looking! Listen to our conversation with jeremy when he stopped by New Music earlier this week. He talks about longing for his music to find it's way into listeners hearts, rewriting hymns for amusement in his youth, and outer space real estate agents.

From Austin, Texas, folk duo Dawn & Hawkes came through the KAXE studio last week while in Northern Minnesota.

Listen below to hear a couple songs from their beautiful new album, The Other Side, how they write together as a married couple, trying to make the world a better place through music, and perhaps most shockingly, they still listen to an ipod!

Nate Ryan

The CenterStage Concert Series is back! This collaboration between Northern Community Radio and The Reif Center is going strong into its third season. The third Thursday of every month, this series takes place in the Mary Ives Studio Theater at The Reif Center; a 200-seat intimate venue with a listening-room vibe where the audience is tuned IN to the musicianship on stage.

Peggy Stevens

Trapper Schoepp and his brother Tanner visited the KBXE studios recently to tell stories on CenterStage Minnesota. The normally do that through music, but they also had some in just words, too. Look for a new album, Prime Time Illusionin 2019. Until then, you can hear the conversation by clicking the link below.