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Minn. music is center stage at Festival Rialto

 The four members of Wild Horses pose in a dark room.
Wild Horses
Wild Horses

The members of Wild Horses joined "Centerstage Minnesota" to talk about Festival Rialto, which they helped to curate.

 A poster for "Festival Rialto" with the lineup written in white.
Festival Rialto
Festival Rialto

GRAND RAPIDS — Wild Horses are one of seven different Minnesota-based band or musicians who will perform Saturday, June 3, at Festival Rialto.

The festival takes place at Rapids Brewing Co., and Wild Horses helped the brewery to curate the lineup. KAXE/KBXE is a co-sponsor of the outdoor concert.

“We’re pretty proud of the music that comes out of Minnesota, and we’re also proud of our town too,” said band member Jed LaPlant. “To join the two is kind of a neat opportunity.”

LaPlant, along with bandmates Ariana LaPlant, McKeon Hugh Roberts and JJ Snell, joined Centerstage Minnesota to talk about the festival.

The lineup they played a role in selecting showcases musicians from around the state. Erik Koskinen is based in Cleveland, Minnesota (near Mankato), Good Morning Bedlam in the Twin Cities, Kelley Smith from Brainerd/Baxter, and Drew Peterson from Zimmerman (near Elk River).

Joining Wild Horses in representing Grand Rapids will be the Grand Rapids High School Jazz Band and Ken & Chris.

To hear more about Festival Rialto from Wild Horses, listen to the full conversation above. You can also hear interviews with Erik Koskinen and Good Morning Bedlam that mention the festival.

Good Morning Bedlam on Centerstage Minnesota
Isaak Elker from Good Morning Bedlam joined Centerstage Minnesota on June 2, 2023, to talk about Festival Rialto.
 The four members of Good Morning Bedlam pose with their instruments.
Erik Koskinen on Centerstage Minnesota
Erik Koskinen joined Centerstage Minnesota on June 2, 2023, to talk about Festival Rialto.
 A black and white photo of Erik Koskinen with his band behind him. He is wearing dark sunglasses and a cowboy hat.

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.