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Germaine Gemberling Live at Lee’s

Germaine Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. She began studying music a child, and grew up on in the midst of the indie-rock explosion that brought us the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. She fronted her first band at 17—the all-girl punk band SMUT—who signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992. A few years later Germaine left the Twin Cities for the beauty and solitude of northern Minnesota. She performs with her folk-rock band, Junkboat, as well as acoustically and with Rich Mattson and Ol’ Yeller. Her most recent release, Generator, was recorded at Sparta Sound in 2013.

She performed recently at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis. This program was recorded and edited for MinneCulture by Tom Garneau. It airs Wed, Nov 6 from 7:30-8pm. MinneCulture is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

KFAI's Womenfolk heads over to the 331 Club for a special concert on Friday, October 4th at 10 pm. Showcasing the finest female talent from the region, the event will be hosted by Womenfolk DJ Ellen Stanley and will feature performances by Reina del CidMother Banjo Band and Wisconsin songwriter Katie Dahl.

KFAI presents Worldwide Discotheque, a daring all-vinyl adventure into the deep dancefloors of Africa, The Caribbean, Central & South Americas, & beyond!

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13th (and the 2nd Friday of every month)
CLUBHOUSE JAGER (923 Washington Ave, Minneapolis)
10pm
$5, 21+

Join Simon Husbands on True Brit! this week and meet Mr. Tampa Spatz, blues pianist extraordinaire! Tampa has a very exotic history and will share all between midnight and 2AM on Friday night – and he'll be digging into his record bag to see if there's any British music in there to share!

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Singer-songwriter Anthony Novak joins Pam this morning on Pam Without Boundaries to share his lovely Americana music. He’s been quietly impressing people in local clubs with his tender songwriting, skilled guitar work and the excellent musicianship of his band. Tune in at 10:30am to hear about Novak’s trek from Minnesota to New York to New Mexico and back to Minnesota and the music he made along the way. The Anthony Novak Band will play at the 331 Club this Thursday, September 5th and at the Acadia later this month.

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On this week's True Brit! – Friday night at midnight – host Simon Husbands will be talking to the multi talented ERIC STUART. Eric has starred in many hit shows including Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Viva Piñata, Ultimate Muscle, Dinosaur King, Kirby, Slayers, Chaotic, Sonic X, TMNT, GoGoRiki, in addition to voicing many national radio and TV commercials and audiobook narrations – PLUS he's the leader of his own band, the Eric Stuart Band!

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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…

This week on MinneCulture, an encore presentation of the The Minneapolis Music Scene 1975-1980, produced by Cyn Collins. The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis punk/rock scene was born. This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Monday, August 5: Part I
Wednesday, August 7: Part II

Dennis Spears is a well-known performer on the Minnesota music scene. In the fall, Dennis will be recognized for his achievements when he is inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Dennis is famous for his smooth and soulful covers of some of Nat King Cole’s biggest hits. On July 26th and 27th, he’ll sing some of those songs and will be accompanied by The Wolverines at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

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