Great Northern Radio Show returns to Reif Center in Grand Rapids June 22

Rachel Brandt, Louisa Scorich and Jason Scorich perform during a 2018 broadcast of the Great Northern Radio Show from Grand Rapids, Minnesota (PHOTO: Grant Frashier)

You might have noticed it’s been quiet at the blog these days. Regular readers can probably guess why. I’m busy with the book (more on that to come) and the radio show.

Today I announce the next Great Northern Radio Show. I produce this live variety program for Northern Community Radio. The show will happen Saturday, June 22 at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. You can get tickets through this link.

GRAND RAPIDS, Minnesota — The Great Northern Radio Show returns to Grand Rapids, Minnesota on June 22, 2019 for a live broadcast at the Myles Reif Center for the Performing Arts. Highlighting the program will be Minneapolis-based country folk artist Sarah Morris and Red Lake hip hop performer Thomas X. The show also features its soulful house band led by Katie Houg.

Sarah Morris

This traveling variety program is produced by the Grand Rapids-based Northern Community Radio, an independent National Public Radio affiliate covering a large part of Northern Minnesota. Through comedy, stories and music, the Great Northern Radio Show celebrates life in small towns and rural places.

Producer and host Aaron Brown leads a talented cast through local legend and real life, highlighting the talent and culture of northern Minnesota.

“It’s a good thing summer’s finally here; we were running out of long winter jokes,” said Brown, a writer who lives in Balsam Township. “Now that we’re finally enjoying the weather we can give you a break from the heat, humidity and bugs with some excellent live music and comedy.

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 June 22 program will feature Sarah Morris. The Modern Beat described her last album this way: “Fantastic songwriting, knockout instrumentation and Morris’ soaring voice are the glue that holds together an upper echelon recording that doesn’t have a dull moment in sight.”

Thomas X

The show will also feature Thomas X, a renowned hip hop artist from Red Lake Nation whose catchy beats, uplifting lyrics and cultural consciousness set him apart.

The Great Northern Radio Players for this show include Jason Scorich and Louisa Scorich of Duluth, Téa Renee of Park Rapids, Brett Carter of Bagley, C.J. Anderson of Pequot Lakes, and Lauren Nickisch of Pequot Lakes on foley sound effects.

The programs will air live from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Tickets cost $15. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30. Seating is limited. Call the Reif Center box office for tickets at 218-327-5780 or visit

The June 22 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 with support from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Culture and Tourism grant program and the Blandin Foundation.

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