BEMIDJI-The Great Northern Radio Show will return to Bemidji for a live broadcast, featuring the folk duo of Ron Arsenault and Dave Pengra, new musical artist Ingeborg von Agassiz, as well as a lineup of local music and comedy.

The show will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at BSU's Thompson Recital Hall.

Producer and host Aaron Brown will lead a diverse cast of performers, musicians and storytellers through local legend and real life, highlighting the talent and culture of northern Minnesota, according to a release.

"The Great Northern Radio Show is modeled after an old passenger train, full of crazy characters, chugging town to town," said Brown, an author and college instructor from the Hibbing area, in the release.

The traveling variety program is produced by Northern Community Radio, an independent National Public Radio affiliate covering a large part of Northern Minnesota. The show's Bemidji-based all-star house band features Katie Houg on keyboard and vocals, Aaron Schnackenberg on bass, Doug Quance on drums and Kristi Miller on mandolin and vocals.

The March 3 program will feature the singer/songwriter duo Arsenault's and Pengra's return to the area, each accomplished musicians still touring the country. The show also will mark the Bemidji debut of von Agassiz, an up-and-coming Duluth solo artist who mixes layers of synthesized sound with her natural voice, the release said.

The Great Northern Radio Players include Jason Scorich and Louisa Scorich, both of Duluth; Brett Carter of Bagley, Katie Carter of Bemidji, C.J. Anderson of Pequot Lakes and Lauren Nickisch of Pequot Lakes. Special guests will include Red Lake student historian Autumn May and her teacher Marcia Roline, Beltrami County Historical Society Director Gary Rozman and BSU students Ash Ullah and Spencer Knox.

The March 3 program will air live on 90.5 KBXE Bagley and Bemidji, 91.7 FM KAXE in Grand Rapids, Aitkin and the Iron Range, 89.9 FM Brainerd and 103.9 FM in Ely. The live stream will also be available at The show is also rebroadcast on independent public radio stations throughout Minnesota and distributed as a live stream and podcast at

If You Go:

When: Saturday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30 p.m., as seating is limited. Call Northern Community Radio to reserve tickets at (800) 662-5799 or visit

Where Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex

Cost: $10 for adults, free for children and college students with ID.