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We Made It!  One Whole Year.

Listen to this show on our FOREVER archives here:  https://archive.org/details/53Anniversary

Rrriitttcchiieeee!!!! On this episode of Radio Pocho we feature some sweet Twin Cities based soul music as well as some Chilean cumbia, Peruvian bolero, and some Japanese boogie. Now that’s what I call Pochofied.

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History of Nicollet Island, Part II
Produced by Jessica Folker

Once a posh enclave for the city’s wealthiest residents, Nicollet Island had turned gritty by the early 20th century. Dominated by industry and inhabited by transients, many who wandered onto the Island were drawn to the bars
and flophouses of skid row. By the 1970’s, slumlords offering cheap rent attracted an enclave of colorful characters, and Nicollet Island became home to an eclectic mix of hobos, hippies, artists and working-class families.

In part 2 of the History of Nicollet Island, producer Jessica Folker introduces us to former and current Island dwellers, who share stories about living with drifters, donkeys and some of the Twin Cities’ best musicians on this urban island oasis.

Interviews include:

Kevin O’Rourke
An award-winning street poet and Island inhabitant who has lived in a number unusual dwellings, including a houseboat and a school bus.

John Chaffee
Still living on the island, of all current residents, John Chaffee has been there the longest, since early 1970s.

Jack Chaffee
John’s son, Jack, was grew up on Nicollet Island during the 1970s-80s.

Prudence Johnson
Jazz and folk singer Prudence Johnson shares memories of what it was like to raise a daughter on the Island.

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Thanks to Howlers for coming on the show and performing live today. They’ll be appearing, along with Tom Feldmann of the Get-Rites, at Freewheelin’ First Friday, this Friday night at the 331 Club.

Click more below to check out the playlist of songs and to listen via the archive.
New music included Howlers, Old Californio, Eilen Jewell, Rich Layton The Troublemakers, Sweetback Sisters, Terry Hanck, and George Thorogood The Destroyers.

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The Knotwells performed live on Spin with Cyn! They played songs from their new album being released on July 1 at the Hexagon Bar, and July 2!

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DJ Izzy’s in charge and has filled the music bag with random faves. Gary Walker & the Rain, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Liquor Giants and Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers? Yep! He performs the “(under) cover of the night.”

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Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Mixed Blood Theatre’s Radical Hospitality
Produced by Dale Connelly
Beginning in September, Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre is taking an unusual approach to ticket pricing by offering free admission to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved tickets will cost $15 dollars, but those willing to take a chance and show up without a reservation will have a good chance of seeing the production for free. Calling this approach “Radical Hospitality,” staff say erasing economic barriers is part of Mixed Blood’s mission to build an inclusive, global audience.

2. Riot Act Reading Series
Produced by Cyn Collins
Riot Act Reading Series is a monthly literary event that takes place at various Minneapolis and St. Paul bars. Co-hosted by punk poet Paul D. Dickinson and writer/poet Laura Brandenburg, the series has been going since 1998.

3. Amias Project & Another Land
Produced by Dan Greenwood
Nicole Smagleck has traveled extensively to Tanzania and East Africa. During one trip, she met an elder tribal woman who suggested she bring Tanzanian handicrafts and jewelry back to Minnesota. Nicole did just that, founding the Amias Project and Another Land—two companies that promote Fair Trade and help support the Barabaig tribe. KFAI producer Dan Greenwood visited Nicole at the Northrup King Building, where the Amias Project and Another Land are located. For more information, visit amias.org.

4. Once Upon a Crime Bookstore
Produced by Britt Aamodt
For 25 years, Once Upon a Crime has been home to cold-blooded killers, con men and unsavory characters. That is, it’s been the literary haunt for crime and mystery novels, and one of only 30-odd bookstores in the country devoted to these genres. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talked to owner Gary Schultz and St. Paul mystery novelist Susan Runholt about the bookstore and it’s big day at the Edgar Awards.

5. Zeitgeist Music Group
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Since 1977, Zeitgeist has been creating and performing new music by living composers, and has been commissioned for more than 150 new works. Operating out of Studio Z in downtown St. Paul, the quartet includes Heather Barringer, percussionist and artistic co-director; Pat O’Keefe, woodwind player and artistic co-director; Patti Cudd, percussionist; and Shannon Wettstein, pianist. The group tours outside Minnesota and collaborates with artists of all types and genres to create new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.

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It was my pleasure to welcome to the studio today three very special guests. First, my good friend Les Block, Sheridan Zuther, singer-actress-producer-teacher, the list goes on. Phil Mattson who has been the arranger for groups like the Manhattan Transfer, and his own choral Jazz group the Phil Mattson Singers. Phil is a native Minnesotan who is internationally known for his musical expertise in choral arranging and composition. Be sure and tune in this week’s archives for a very interesting and entertaining show.

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