Hennepin Avenue predates the city of Minneapolis, and was originally used by Dakota Indians as a footpath between St Anthony Falls and Lake Calhoun. This main artery has grown and evolved over time, and been home to diverse communities and businesses. From immigrant laborers to performance artists, Hennepin Avenue has gone through a number of incarnations. The former Minneapolis red-light district is today a destination for theater and dance. This Wednesday, November 7, on MinneCulture, producer Sarah Boden explores the avenue’s colorful history, highlighting architectural and cultural landmarks along the way. MinneCulture is part of KFAI’s Legacy project, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. (Photo courtesy of the Hennepin History Museum.)
Kicked things off tonight with the excellent new “Black Star Line” album from Sangue Bom out of Paris (mixed by Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa). Followed this with two fine new releases on the Scoops label – from Vibronics and Kyle Sicarius. Also in the first set was the very cool track “Ganja Tea” from the artist Chatta from Canada. More new items from Jah Red Lion & Dub Terminator, Big Shiny, Rod Anton & the Ligerians, King David, Fu-Steps, and the new Pressure Sounds release “The Sound Doctor” — Lee Perry produced tracks from the archive. And, celebrating the reelection of Barack Obama as President, we loudly played Mista Majah P’s “Four More Years” track!
We speak with Robert Olen Butler about his new thriller The Hot Country. He is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and was also a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a finalist for a PEN/Faulkner Award.
We also speak with Edward Wright about his new book From Blood. He is the author of the award winning Clea's Moon, Damnation Falls, Red Sky Lament and While I Disappear.
Today’s show was dedicated to George “Mojo” Buford who passed away in October 2011. November 10th would have been his 83rd birthday. Blues guitarist Brian Dyke stopped by the studio today with unreleased tunes by Mojo from several gigs over a period of 10+ years. Some of today’s show featured label-released cuts, but a lot of the music we played today came from Brian’s private home-grown stash of unreleased vintage tunes by Mojo Buford, Blues Deluxe and Rockin’ Daddy & The Rough Cuts.
Some people believe that Coldwater Spring has been flowing for more than 10,000 years. Located south of Minnehaha Park on the former Bureau of Mines Campus, and formerly known as Camp Coldwater, the spring provided fresh drinking water to the soldiers who built Fort Snelling. A civilian settlement sprang up, and fur traders, blacksmiths and the state’s first Indian agent all settled and lived among military personnel. Coldwater Spring sits near some of the most sacred Dakota sites: Wita Tanka, Pike Island, where Dakota buried there dead; Taku Wakan Tipi, Carvers Cave near the VA hospital, the dwelling place of Native American gods and spirits; and B’dote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, where the first Dakota emerged. In 2010 the National Park Service took over the land at Coldwater Spring with the intention of making it a public park. Controversy ensued among Dakota people and environmental activists, who believe the site is sacred and worthy of protection under the National Register of Historic Places. KFAI producer Allison Herrera explores the complicated history of Coldwater Spring in this exclusive MinneCulture documentary.