Roots

94 East rocks out the first hour followed by the return of Days of Rae.

February is Black History Month, and to celebrate KFAI will be featuring special programming throughout the month.

Tonight’s edition of MinneCulture features an encore presentation Penumbra Theater, produced by Andy Driscoll. For nearly 35 years, Penumbra Theatre has been producing plays by, of and for the African-American community. Its legacy includes 27 world premieres of important plays by Black playwrights, and the starting place for all of August Wilson’s productions.

In this special radio documentary, meet members of Penumbra’s highly revered company of actors and performers, including its founding Artistic Director, Lou Bellamy.

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Artist Song Album Label Time
Hobo Nephews Memphis Blues Traveling Show Self 4:08
Carolina Chocolate Drops Cornbread and Butterbeans Heritage Dixie 3:30
John Hammond Milkcow’s Calf Blues At the Crossroads Vanguard Records 2:43:00
Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band Born Bread Corn Fed The Wages Side One Dummy 3:15
Cash Box Kings Lost Sheep Blues Black Night Fallin Blue Midnight Records 3:33:00
Odetta Shame and Scandal Absolutely the Best Varese Sarabande 2:21:00
The Brass Kings When the Springtime Comes Live Humdinger Self 3:28

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Curtiss A was my guest this afternoon. He selected all the music, chatted with us, played live.

Steve West dropped by to play a couple of Buddy Holly tunes. Frankie Lee joined Curtiss for a couple of live songs and joined in with our chat.

Angie Pykonen of KFAI’s In Your Ear:http://www.kfai.org/inyourear joined in as co-host and kept tabs on the playlist for us.

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Mixing it up again…from classic Tubby dubs, to some heavy new dubstep sounds. New roots from Ragana (the 2010 A Long Delay Ago release); new roots dub from Pale Rider; the second collaboration from Jazz’min Tutum Madtone; and the new world-dubstep compilation Generation Bass Presents – Transnational Dubstep (Six Degrees).

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Songs about cowboys, bartenders and sinners, along with a preview of this weekend’s benefit events!

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An eclectic mix of dark folk, psychedelic, gypsy, Americana and garage-rock!

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Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voice series:

1. The St. Paul Winter Carnival Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
Produced by Elena Erofeeva
The St. Paul Winter Carnival opened last week, marking the 125th anniversary of the oldest winter festival in the country. The event features a variety of activities, from ice carving and snow sculpting, to sporting events like skiing, skating, curling and rugby. KFAI producer Elena Erofeeva spoke to the former Prime Minister of the King Boreas court, as well as the 1955 Queen of the Snows about the festival’s illustrious history.

2. Artist Marcia McEachron
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Minneapolis artist Marcia McEachron began manipulating steel nearly 30 years ago. Tool by tool, apprenticeship by apprenticeship, she hammered away at the age-old craft, gradually gaining recognition in the public and private spheres for her contemporary spin on hand-forged steel furniture and art. Producer Dixie Treichel has the story.

3. Rosalux Gallery
Produced by Dan Greenwood
The cooperative model can be applied to many things—from food and finances, to communities and artists. These days, more and more artists are uniting to share studio and gallery space in hopes of increasing exposure and ultimately, sales. For Rosalux, the co-op model has been in place since 2002. Not long after the gallery opened in a modest storefront at 6th & Central Ave in Northeast Minneapolis, fire from a nearby meth lab forced Rosalux to move. For several years the artist co-op was located in the Open Book building on Washington Ave, but last year it returned to Northeast, setting up shop in a space adjacent to the Frank Stone Gallery. Producer Dan Greenwood spoke to artist and Rosalux member Terrance Payne about about this sustainable artist co-op.

4. Lars Martinson
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Twin Cities cartoonist Lars Martinson recently published the second volume in his four-volume graphic novel “Tonoharu”. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt talked to Martinson about his latest book.

5. Musicians Dean Magraw & Marcus Wise
Produced by Dale Connelly
In the late 1970s, two young musicians were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. Tabla player Marcus Wise and guitarist Dean Magraw quickly found common musical ground and made a recording. Now, more than 30 years after that first meeting, they’ve returned to the studio to make a second disc. It finds them with the same tight musical connection, but their sound and circumstances have changed. KFAI producer Dale Connelly has this story.
Dean Magraw and Marcus Wise will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center this weekend to celebrate the release of their CD, “How the Light Gets In”. The show is this Saturday, February 5, at 8pm.

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Today during the first hour we had special guest Marcus Wise. He played tabla live and talked about his new recording with Dean Magraw.
During the second hour we live music of the Sefardic Jews, performed by Corazon en la Mano.

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