BEMIDJI-The Great Northern Radio Show will return to Bemidji this weekend.
The live broadcast is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and will be held at the Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW, in downtown Bemidji.
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. The musical director will be Katie Houg and the versatile Bemidji-based group The Occasionals will serve as the show's house band, a press release said.
The Great Northern Radio Show 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, the release said. Each show celebrates a place and its people.
"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."
In addition, the show will feature the Great Northern Radio Show debut of northern Minnesota's multi-instrument and multi-lingual singer-songwriter Renee, who recently moved to Park Rapids with her family after time in China, and bluesy folk stylings of Bemidji's own Jambor.
This program will also feature comedian Rob Fairbanks of Cass Lake, who is known for his stand-up act and hilarious "Rez Reporter" character.
The comedy cast for the show will include 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 Renee of Park Rapids. Special guests from Bemidji will also join the program.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, free for children and students with IDs. Audience must be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Buy tickets at www.greatnorthernradioshow.org or call (800) 662-5799.
The 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 www.greatnorthernradioshow.org. For more information, call Northern Community Radio at (800) 662-5799 or visit www.kaxe.org.
The Great Northern Radio Show is made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.