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SONGS OF FREEDOM to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the MARCH ON WASHINGTON, ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM and BOPSTREET will be devoting the entire four hours to Songs of Freedom with The Staple Singers, The Golden Gate Quartet, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Pete Seeger, James Carr, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Oscar Brown Jr and many, many more…

It’s the return of the Singing Tigers!

Please join us on Friday, December 13, 2013, 4pm, as the South High Pop Singers fill the studio with exuberance and song. There’s nothing like a room full of singing tigers to brighten up a dark December Friday afternoon, and we’re letting them loose on The Sugar Shop for all to hear. Wear your orange and black and get ready for a great bunch of kids to delight you with their best.

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The 10th annual “Sweet On School Dance” in support of public education will be held on Friday, February 28 from 4-6:30 PM at Hiawatha Community School, 4201 42 Av. S. in Minneapolis and will be broadcast live over community radio KFAI at 90.3 and 106.7 FM and on the web at kfai.org.

This event was created as an opportunity for the public to come together to celebrate the people who contribute to making our schools successful and strong. As always, children from across the metropolitan area and other special guests will be invited on air to use the mighty megaphone of community radio to tell the world their reasons for being “Sweet On School”.

This event will be co-hosted by Lolly Obeda of KFAI’s “Sugar Shop” and Miss Lily, now a mighty high school senior. Music will encompass the Sugar Shop’s usual format of blues, rhythm and blues and sweet soul with a focus on celebrating love, learning and unity. Snacks and treats will be available for sale by the Hiawatha PTO.

This event is free and open to the public. Generous support has been provided by Friends of Sweet On School. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Those who cannot attend in person can join us on the radio at 90.3 and 106.7 FM or at kfai.org.

Local songwriter Taylor Robert brings his “roll n’ soul” songwriting style to Pam Without Boundaries Monday, May 6th, 11am. The son of a traveling preacher, Taylor honed his incredible, soulful singing chops in church choirs, becoming a stand-out soloist before he reached middle-school. Once his family landed in Minnesota, he had the chance to leave again, touring as a youngster with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Set your radio dial, computer, or intergalatic beamer to the  KFAI's Collective Eye, this Saturday from Noon- 1:30 pm, for a final celebration of International Women's Day. "and the ebb but reveals ME again" is an excerpt of a work from Zora Neale Hurston and seven illustrious women – Debra J. Stone, Lori-Young Williams, Amoke Kubat, Sha' Cage, Genesia Williams, Tish Jones and Beverly Cottman – will perform/read/create their individual interpretations of Hurston's work.

Tune in Monday morning to hear new local music from The Ericksons as they get ready to celebrate a CD release with a party at The Cedar Cultural Center. Pam has played music from this duo with the dreamy sound and lovely harmonies since their second album, “Don’t Be Scared, Don’t Be Alarmed,” released in 2010

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MINTHEAD ALERT!!! – We are proud to announce that Mint Condition will be featured on TV One’s “Unsung”, next Wednesday, March 13th at 9 PM (EST). We are extremely excited about the episode, and hope you will all enjoy the REAL story of our journey as a band, and as brothers. New Single, Believe In Us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF0pNGx58Uw

Bobby Z and the American Heart Association present… The 2nd Annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life! a celebrity-filled concert featuring Questlove, Andre Cymone, Dez Dickerson, Dr. Fink, Alexander O’Neil, Stokley of Mint Condition, and more surprise celebrity artists. March 9, 2013 at First Avenue in Minneapolis

Legendary local rockers the Mighty Mofos’ Bill and Ernie Batson join KFAI Spin with Cyn  this Tuesday from 10 – noon! They perform the first “KFAI Benefits with Friends” Saturday, February 7 at Turf Club, topping off the night with their always intense, super-sonic set of fantastic rock.

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On Friday's True Brit! the mercurial host Simon Husbands will be prodding and probing the rather snazzy singer / producer Brooke Aldridge! Tune in to learn about her latest project – glean EP2 – and to explore her big bag of records as Simon welcomes a classy act! Friday at midnight……

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This weeks True Brit! show marks the end of Pledge Drive and what better way to mark this than with live music from the Paper Days!

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