Red Baraat, Mardi Gras, a visit with Paul Collins, and a wallop of female-empowered power pop.

Music Host: Brenda Bell Brown
News Host Yvette Howie
Producer: Dale Connelly

Music Host: Mark Koerner
News Host: Flor Frey
Producer: Dale Connelly

Orkestar Bez Ime is Bulgarian for “orchestra without a name.” The local group formed in 2002 to bring Balkan dance music to the Upper Midwest. It performs across the country with a repertoire that reaches from Albania to the Ukraine, with plenty of stops in-between. For more information, visit This Live from Minnesota segmenta was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

Music included new Richard Thompson and Hopo Nephews of Uncle Frank; plus Eilen Jewell, Buckwheat Zydeco, CJ Chenier, Bob Dylan, Deadstring Bros…..Thanks to the Union Suits for performing an in-studio session this week. They’ll be opening for the Deadstring Brothers at my Freewheelin’ 1st Friday show at Lee’s on 2/15. If you want to listen to the show, click “Episode Details” where you will see the entire playlist and be able to stream the program archive.

New releases from Meklit Hadero, in town at the Cedar, and from Rupa & the April Fishes, both from San Francisco. A preview of Red Baraat coming to the Cedar late in Feb. and some Cajun & Zydeco music – just for good measure !