Great Northern Radio Show at Hibbing HS auditorium

I’m spinning headlong into an intense couple of months of work projects. I’m teaching full time and continue working on my book. Now I have something new to announce: An exciting Nov. 17 Great Northern Radio Show broadcast at the Hibbing High School auditorium.

We’ve played Hibbing a couple times, but never this ornate 1,800-seat historic venue. It’s easily the biggest hall we’ve ever tried to fill, which is why I’m practically begging you to come see the show.

Connie Evingson

Fortunately, it’s a good one. We’ve got jazz singer Connie Evingson, a Hibbing native, playing with Sam Miltich and an all star Minnesota jazz band. Then we’ve got the Christopher David Hanson band, a tight Iron Range rock band known for strong original songwriting. All that and Katie Houg and our house band. Great music.

As usual we’ll broadcast live on Northern Community Radio with replays to follow. The show will be trying some new things next year. I’ll be experimenting with a new faster-paced format in this program.

You can reserve your ticket here. More information follows:

HIBBING, Minnesota— The Great Northern Radio Show will return to Hibbing, Minnesota for a Nov. 17, 2018 live broadcast at the Hibbing High School auditorium. This special event will celebrate the Hibbing Foundation’s 25th anniversary and Hibbing’s 125th birthday. Proceeds will benefit the Hibbing Foundation, which is also underwriting the program. The event will be one of the first major productions on the stage of the newly-renovated Hibbing High School auditorium.

The Great Northern Radio Show is a traveling variety program produced by Northern Community Radio, an independent National Public Radio affiliate serving Northern Minnesota. Through comedy, stories and music, the Great Northern Radio Show celebrates life in small towns and rural places.

Christopher David Hanson Band

Writer, producer and host Aaron Brown leads a talented cast through local legend and real life, celebrating Northern Minnesota and the people who make it special.

The Nov. 17 program will feature Hibbing native Connie Evingson, a world-renowned jazz singer. Backing her will be an All Star Minnesota jazz band led by guitarist Sam Miltich of Grand Rapids. The show will also feature the Christopher David Hanson band, a rocking Iron Range act.

The show’s all star house band for this show features bandleader Katie Houg on keyboard and vocals, Eric Carlson on guitar and vocals, Aaron Schnackenburg on bass and Doug Quance on drums.The Great Northern Radio Players for this show include Rachel Brandt of Ada, Jason Scorich and Louisa Scorich of Duluth, C.J. Anderson of Pequot Lakes, Lauren Nickisch of Pequot Lakes on foley sound effects. Special guests from Hibbing will be a part of the program as well.

The program will air live from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. All tickets are general admission and cost $15. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30. Seating is limited. Beginning mid-September, call the Hibbing Community Education office for tickets at 218-208-0852, ext. 1, or visit

The Nov. 17 program will air live on 91.7 FM KAXE in Grand Rapids, Aitkin and the Iron Range, 90.5 KBXE Bagley and Bemidji, 89.9 FM Brainerd and 103.9 FM in Ely. The show is also rebroadcast on independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota and distributed as a live stream and podcast at Call Northern Community Radio for information 800/662-5799 or visit

I’m going to have to take my foot off the gas a bit here at the blog to write the script. Nevertheless, I’ll still be here for your mining and Minnesota 8th District intrigue.

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