Up-and-coming performers energize April 7 Great Northern Radio Show

The Great Northern Radio Show broadcasts live this Saturday, April 7 from the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji, Minnesota.

One of the exciting things about this show is the large number of rising northern Minnesota musical artists we’ve booked. This is really a cross-generational show with some of Bemidji’s youngest talent playing alongside some of the most experienced.

There’s singer/songwriter Analisa Huschle from Bagley who’s coming home from college in South Dakota for this show:

There’s Kaija Roy from Bemidji. She’s reading a Bronte poem here, but she’ll also be singing, playing guitar and acting in our show this Saturday:

I’m looking forward to Sonny Johnson being in the show. Like Kaija, he’s a senior at the Trek North school in Bemidji. He’s going to be performing some original music along with some supporting guitar in other acts. Here he is riffing on Jimi Hendrix, something our engineer would probably discourage him from doing in our show.

And we’re welcoming back Iris Kolodji, one of the breakout stars of our Hibbing debut last October. Iris will be performing in sketches, singing a duet with Kaija and has a solo prepared for the show. Here she with her cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” from our Hibbing show:

Technology isn’t always the best thing for society, but it’s pretty nice for radio producers. All of these young people have recordings and original music up on YouTube. It’s a great way for me to find new talent for the show, a technique I plan to use to find talent for our next shows in Brainerd, Eveleth and Bigfork.

Call 218-326-1234 to reserve your free ticket to the Saturday show in Bemidji. Tickets at the door will be first come/first served. The show starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and we ask that everyone be in their seats by 4:30. You can listen live at 91.7 KAXE in northeastern Minnesota, the new 90.5 KBXE in Bemidji and north central Minnesota, 105.3 Brainerd and streaming live at www.kaxe.org, where next week you’ll be able to access the podcast. Soon after the show will be offered to independent public radio stations around Minnesota and beyond.

Tell your local public radio station you want to hear the Great Northern Radio Show! Because we are funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund the show is offered at no cost.

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