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Kiss the Tiger excited to rock Bemidji for the first time

Black and white photo a five people standing. A woman with the curly hair surrounded by four men.
Kiss the Tiger
Kiss the Tiger is a Minneapolis-based band.

Meghan Kreidler, lead singer of Kiss the Tiger, joined Centerstage Minnesota on May 19, 2023 to talk about her band's upcoming show in Bemidji.

BEMIDJI — "It’s kind of like a first date almost.”

Kiss the Tiger poster. "Live from the Historic Chief Theater, Kiss the Tiger. Rock n' roll, fist bumps and high kicks included.
Saturday May 19th Doors 630 Show 730 $Free All Ages.
Kiss The Tiger will headline the free, all ages show Live at the Historic Chief Theater on Saturday, May 19.

That is Kiss the Tiger frontwoman Meghan Kreidler talking about playing for a new audience. She joined Centerstage Minnesota on Friday, May 19, to talk about her band’s show at the Historic Chief Theater, which will be the first time they’ve played in Bemidji.

“It makes us kind of step up in a different way,” Kreidler said. “And not sit back on our laurels.”

Sitting back on their laurels is not how most people would describe the Minneapolis-based band after seeing their live show. Kreidler and company are known for their high-energy performances, where it is not uncommon to see the lead singer high kicking around the stage.

According to Kreidler, that was not always the case.

“It took a lot of time in the band for me to develop my on-stage persona and for us to kind of develop our full energy and synthesis as a group,” she said.

"Everybody is better when everybody gets to be invited to the space and I like performing for young people."
Meghan Kreidler

The music they play also has a role: a high-octane brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Kreidler is backed on stage by her longtime partner Michael Anderson on rhythm guitar, plus lead guitarist Bridger Fruth, bassist Paul DeLong and drummer Jay DeHut.

Another aspect of the Bemidji show that has Kreidler excited is the lack of age restrictions.

“I am a big fan of all-ages shows,” she said. “Everybody is better when everybody gets to be invited to the space and I like performing for young people.”

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Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in Bemidji.

To hear more about the Kiss the Tiger and the free show in Bemidji, listen to the full conversation above.

Centerstage Minnesota is made possible by the citizens of Minnesota, through the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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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.