To many, the Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis serves as the exclamation point at the end of a Twin Cities summer. In the piece, the founder of the event, Alan Jesperson, talks to Phil Nusbaum about some of this year’s bands, and about the nuts and bolts of running the festival.
The first thing you need to know about the Swamp Kings is that being geographically challenged has not proved an impediment. The group has been pumping out Louisiana rhythms for over a decade. The key to the successful run is audience engagement, as Swamp Kings leader Tom Harkness explains to Phil Nusbaum.
Once she made the decision to enter the field of music, Mayyadda has been firing on all cylinders, creating new songs and recordings to document them. She’s moved by what’s going on around her, and told Phil Nusbaum about it
Tonight on Jazz@MPS we feature three separate concerts combined together to make one full episode. Washburn High School, South High School and Roosevelt High School all in one place.
The Twin Cities is filled with passionate creators of new music, and much of the greatest work turns up at Composers Night at Studio Z in Saint Paul. Composers night organizer Paul Cantrell told Phil Nusbaum about it.
It’s gotten to be quite a tradition: The City of Roseville hosts the Mosquito Bluegrass jam, this Sunday afternoon at the Frank Rog (rhymes with bog) amphitheater. Roseville’s lead naturalist Debbie Cash told Phil Nusbaum about it.
Tonight a special recording of the Jazz Around Minneapolis combo, from the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. The Jazz Around Minneapolis Combo is under the direction of Corey Needleman, Solomon Parham and Chris Thomson.
What a showcase for local music is Nershfest! It presents ten varied acts in ten hours on two stages in an accessible spot in Saint Paul. Festival organizers Griffen Roer and Adam Marks tell Phil Nusbaum about it. <?xml:namespace prefix = "u1" />
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