19 February 2018

Leap For Freedom - Airs Feb 21st

William's Leap For Freedom by SueMedia Productions
Hosted by Dion Graham, this one hour radioplay is based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The performance was recorded live and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown, and features Barbara Rosenblat (of Orange is the New Black fame) along with a multi-voice cast. It is a two part drama; a play within a play. Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William and a historian, and selected portions of "The Escape or Leap for Freedom," a play written by William Wells Brown in 1858.

14 February 2018

The Poetic Voice - Airs Feb 14th

The Poetic Voice from Various Artists
This Saint Valentine's Day we'll be listening to the romantic musings of the spoken poetic voice. Our focus will be on four performers. Getting off to a bumpy start, we're foolishly choosing to feature several selections from Jayne Mansfield's 1964 album Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky and Me which is moderately dreadful. Then, if you haven't already turned off the radio, the torch will be lit and you rewarded (?) with a quiet blend of soft music, nostalgic lyrics, and tranquil patter from the all-night radio giant Franklyn MacCormack with the Russ Garcia Orchestra recorded in 1958. You'll also be treated to some original "Passions in Prose" from Mary Lee Fair, host of the radio program "Lovingly Yours, Laura" with harp and trumpet accompaniment. Finally my darling, we'll be paid a visit from Renzo Cesana, The Continental himself, who begs the question, "Would you like another glass of champagne?"

05 February 2018

Pornonono + Les Exodus - Airs Feb 7th

Pornonono Live from Minnesota
In this live recording from the Icehouse in Minneapolis, Pornonono blends beats, synths, and guitars -- never failing to deliver smooth pop and R'n'B sounds with a sexy edge. Produced for KFAI's Minneculture by Daniel Zamzow, with special thanks to engineer Jay Perlman.

Les Exodus Live from Minnesota
Performing locally and nationally for over 30 years, Les Exodus remains one of the Twin Cities' finest reggae bands. Les Exodus features Charles "Chilly" Petrus on keyboards, Lance Colmer on drums, Andy "Shoffman" Mark on bass with the charismatic vocals of Prince Jabba and Lynval Jackson perfectly complementing the trio's high-energy performance. Recorded in 2013 at the now dearly missed Blue Nile Restaurant in Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood by Daniel Zamzow for Minneculture.

30 January 2018

Womenfolk Radio - Airs Jan 31st

Womenfolk Anniversary Concert Celebration from Minneculture
In September of 2017, KFAI honored Womenfolk, one of the longest running women's music shows in the country, with a concert at Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge in Minneapolis. Womenfolk host Ellen Stanley celebrates with performances from Ellis, Reina del Cid, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Vicky Emerson, Mary Bue, Mother Banjo, and other friends. Recorded by Matthew Amundsen. Mixed and produced by Tom Garneau for the "Live from Minnesota" series.

23 January 2018

dVRG + The Icicles - Airs Jan 24th

deVon Gray Live from Minnesota
Multi-instrumentalist, classically trained composer, and St. Paul native deVon Russell Gray - or dVRG - has made his mark in the TC music scene through a myriad of projects. He's even had multiple appearances in the "Live from Minnesota" series playing with jazz, rock, rap, and Somali hip-hop acts. In this installment however, we're going to hear his piece “Fractious Child." It's a string quartet which premiered at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Produced by KFAI’s Daniel Zamzow, the recording features not only the entire performance, but also reflections from the composer and his ensemble of local string players: David Auerbach, Sam Bergman, Michelle Kinney, and Jacqueline Ultan.

The Icicles Live from Minnesota
We'll cozy up to a surf-dub-ambient instrumental side-project trio comprised of Jim Anton (Jonny Lang, Greazy Meal, Paul Westerberg) on bass with brothers Jacob Hanson (Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar, Halloween Alaska) on guitar and Jeremy Hanson (Tapes n’ Tapes, Actual Wolf, Frankie Lee) on drums. This concert was recorded live in 2015 at the Icehouse in Minneapolis by Alex Proctor. Produced and mixed by Tom Garneau for KFAI's Minneculture.

15 January 2018

Mason Jennings + The Jayhawks - Airs Jan 17th

The Jayhawks Live from Minnesota 
A very special (and fantastic) small venue show for local heroes the Jayhawks. Recorded live at St. Paul's cherished Turf Club. Featuring Gary Louris on guitar and lead vocals; Marc Perlman on bass; Tim O'Reagan on drums; Kraig Johnson on guitar; Jessy Greene on violin; Karen Grotberg on keyboards; and John Jackson on mandolin. Produced by Tom Garneau.

Mason Jennings Live from Minnesota 
Hard to believe but Mason Jennings has been making music in Minnesota for over 20 years. In this recording, Jennings performs at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. This show features classic favorites and new selections from "Wild Dark Metal," his newest album. The band consists of Jennings on acoustic and electric guitar, Jacob Hanson on bass and Scott McPherson on drums. Recorded, mixed, and produced by Tom Garneau.

08 January 2018

The Pines - Airs Jan 10th

The Pines are Live from Minnesota
The Pines are deeply connected to their American folk music roots. While their songs revolve around fictional stories and an acoustic guitar, this touring trio from Minneapolis includes more modern textures that lend a cinematic quality to their sound. Hear the band in their own words throughout this one-hour presentation of The Pines live at the Cedar Cultural Center. Recorded for Minneculture by Tom Garneau and produced by Daniel Zamzow.