Great Northern Radio Show returns to Bemidji April 13

Spring slowly seeps into Northern Minnesota. Celebrate with the April 13 broadcast of my Great Northern Radio Show at the Chief Theater in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Get your tickets here.

I always tell you these things are good and that you should come. I suppose by now you either believe me or you don’t. The Latelys headline the show. I found this Duluth group online and immediately enjoyed them. They’re built a little different than a typical band. They rely on piano, bass and drums. The sound is refreshing — simple and smooth, with great vocals.

Caige Jambor

We’ve also got Caige Jambor and Téa Renee — two young Northern Minnesota artists with musical heft beyond their years.

Our house band and cast return. We also welcome back an old friend, comedian Rob Fairbanks, famous for his “Rez Reporter” character.

Whenever you see a slowdown in posts here at, something’s usually cooking in my writing life. I wrote this script over the past couple weeks. The blog slowdown previews what’s coming later this year when I write the manuscript to the book I’ve been researching these past two years.

Enjoy everything you can while it lasts! That is specific advice and general advice. See you in Bemidji!

Great Northern Radio Show in Bemidji April 13

Live variety program to feature The Latelys, Caige Jambor, comedy and more

BEMIDJI, Minnesota— The Great Northern Radio Show will broadcast live from Bemidji, Minnesota on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Chief Theater.

Highlighting the music and comedy program will be The Latelys from Duluth. They’ll be joined by singer-songwriters Caige Jambor of Bemidji and Téa Renee of Park Rapids. Musical director Katie Houg and the versatile Bemidji-based group the Occasionals serve as the show’s house band.

This traveling variety program is produced by Northern Community Radio, an independent public station covering most of Northern Minnesota. Producer and host Aaron Brown leads a talented cast through local legend and real life, highlighting the talent and culture of northern Minnesota through music and comedy. Each show celebrates a place and its people.

“The weather is finally warming up a bit, and we’re hoping folks celebrate by coming for the live broadcast of our show at the Chief,” said Brown, an author and blogger from Itasca County.

The April 13 program will feature The Latelys, a distinct alt-country trio out of Duluth.

“The Latelys are the rare rock-and-roll trio without a guitarist,” reads the group’s Homegrown Music Festival bio. “They don’t need one. They have Jenna Harting. Formed in 2016, The Latelys are built around bassist Harting who possesses a voice that can melt ice, stop a train and call in fog-bound ships … all in one song. Throw in clever, pitch-perfect piano work from C.J. Hanson and rock-steady drumming by Rachel Riefenberg and a guitar player would be too much.”

Téa Renee

In addition, the show will feature the Great Northern Radio Show debut of two rising stars in Northern Minnesota: the multi-instrument and multi-lingual singer-songwriter Téa Renee, who recently moved to Park Rapids with her family after time in China, and bluesy stylings of Bemidji’s own Caige Jambor.

This April 13 program also welcomes comedian Rob Fairbanks of Cass Lake, known for his stand-up act and hilarious “Rez Reporter” character.

The comedy cast for this show includes C.J. Anderson of Pequot Lakes, Lauren Nickisch of Pequot Lakes on foley sound effects, Brett Carter of Bagley, Jason Scorich and Louisa Scorich of Duluth, in addition to Katie Carter of Bemidji and Téa Renee of Park Rapids. Special guests from Bemidji will join the program.

“We try to pack these shows full of surprises, special moments and laughter,” said Brown. “If we do our job right, you have no idea what’s going to happen next. Of course, that’s also what happens when we do our job wrong.”

The programs will air live from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Tickets cost $10 for adults, free for children and students with IDs. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30. Seating is limited. Buy tickets at or call 800-662-5799.

The April 13 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

The Great Northern Radio Show is made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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