Twin Cities Weekend

Series produced by KBEM

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5-minute, highly produced heads-ups highlighting great musical activities in the Twin Cities broadly conceived. The pieces feature the musicians, their music, club owners, fans, in short all of those responsible for creating musical experiences.

The Twin Cities is home to many musical forms, including jazz, folk, Latin, gospel and bluegrass to name a few. Each week on Twin Cities weekend, we select an upcoming performance and in 5-highly produced minutes, give it context. The shows are entertaining and informative. Producer is Phil Nusbaum of KBEM-FM, Minneapolis, and funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


368 Pieces

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Caption: Captain Gravitone CD cover art, Credit: Al Fack
It’s music, and theater, and circus, and throw in half-grounded in reality, too. Captain Gravitone has a whole new thing going called Banjo Time an...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: One Ukulele, Credit: Dan Wilder
One Ukulele. Well, it’s actually three men who sing with ukuleles and guitars, too. The group performs and spreads the word about how fun it is to ...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Greenwood Tree, Credit: Roger Lundgren
Greenwood Tree is a hammered dulcimer group featuring Stu Janis on the hammered dulcimer with Bill Cagley on the guitar. Stu and Bill have been pla...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Pavel Jany, Credit: Andrea Canter
Pavel Jany (Yanny) is known as one of the Twin Cities’ leading jazz guitarists. His most recent recorded project is called Acoustic Condition, and ...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Mumblin' Drew, Credit:  Zoe Prinds-Flash
Mumblin’ Drew is a local guy who discovered folk music, and followed the interest. His playing is based on classic performances of American folk mu...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Brass Lassie, Credit: Nick Lethert
Celtic tradition goes back literally centuries, and well over 100 years in our town. But if you think there’s nothing new under the sun when it com...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Charanga Tropical, Credit: Walter Horishnyk
Charanga Tropical is led by Twin Cities sax and flute player, Doug Little. Doug began studying Cuban music in 2002, and founded Charanga Tropical i...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Monday night, a big band composed of local people with major credentials plays at Crooners, Monday Oct 2 at 7:30PM. Arne Fogel fronts the Acme Jazz...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2017
  • Length: 07:59
Caption: Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Credit: Diego Ramallo
The Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra is 18 pieces in all. It’s got a growing book of tunes, a growing audience and growing stature. In 2017, the Tw...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: JC Sanford, Credit: Andrea Canter
Trombonist JC Sanford leads his quartet into the Black Dog in Saint Paul this Saturday night September 30 at 8:30. JC is a prolific composer of jaz...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
The Jazz Women All-Stars are back in a big show coming soon. Phil Nusbaum tells us about it.

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Southside Aces, Credit: Jonathan Hankin
F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the leading sons of Saint Paul. He wrote about what has come to be known as the jazz age, the period after World War ...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: The Overtones, Credit: Chimgee Haltarhuu
Background music is the specialty of the Overtones and they do it well. Catch the Overtones act at the Riverview Wine Bar, every Wed from 7:30 to 9...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Debbie Duncan, Credit: Nathan Yungerberg
When you go to a Debbie Duncan show [like this Friday night at 9 at Vieux Carre in Saint Paul at 9PM], you enjoy a great vocal jazz stylist. But De...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jugsluggers, Credit: Lisa Friedlander
Tom Cornish, Russ Rayfield and Mark Briere. They are known as the Jug Sluggers, a group of acoustic musicians that has been singing and playing for...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Moonlight Serenaders, Credit: Phyllis Wojchik
The Moonlight Serenaders. The group plays the big band music that is old to some and new to others. This Thursday evening, The Serenaders play the ...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jay Afrisando, Credit: Hannah Devereux
Jay Afrisando is from Indonesia, where the national form is gamelan music. And Jay is interested in gamelan. But his starting place is really jazz,...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joan Hutton, Credit: D. Soderstrom
Joan Hutton plays in many musical settings. We’ve known Joan through her work in the Ancia Saxophone Quartet for example, playing modern classical ...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Rhonda Laurie, Credit: Daniel J Moore
Minneapolis Jazz singer Rhonda Laurie is all about emotion. And she’s singing at Vieux Carre in Saint Paul on Wednesday Aug 30 from 8 till 11. In a...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Hot Club, Credit: Ben Hejkal
The Twin Cities Hot Club has been in business for over a decade. Over time, the group has learned that playing for dancing and for concerts and spe...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2017
  • Length: 08:00