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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.


182 Pieces

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Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Roe Family Singers is a real musical phenomenon. It’s not only that they play really old music for modern audiences. After modest beginnings a ...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jon Pemberton at the piano, Credit: Lena Pemberton
If you hang around jazz in the Twin Cities, you know Jon Pemberton. He plays a number of instruments, he composes, he teaches and he performs. And ...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2017
  • Length: 08:20
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Minnesota Jazz Orchestra plays 2:30pm, Sat July 22 at Jaycee Park in Hastings. The group’s leader is Craig Thrane. As is the case with many big...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Lila Amons in performance, Credit: Andrea Canter
Lila Ammons leads her trio into Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis Thursday July 27. Lila’s road to jazz singing has been a curvy one with a lot of arti...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Captain Gravitone CD cover art, Credit: Al Fack
Every once in a while you learn of a group that really is different than all others. Such is the case with Captain Gravitone and the String Theory ...

  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Paul Barry and the Ace Tones with Lila Ammons, Credit: Kent Flemmer
Paul Barry and the Aces with featured vocalist Lila Ammons bring their blues to Famous Dave’s at Calhoun Square in Minneapolis, Friday July 7 from...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Artwork by Warrent Thomas Fenzi, Credit: Warren Thomas Fenzi
Friday night June 30, the Aster presents sets by two up and coming Twin Cities songwriters and bandleaders, Joe Kopel and Warren Thomas Fenzi. Phil...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The country music of a generation ago is now called Classic Country. Wherever you go, bands are popping up to play it for growing audiences of fans...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
When Regina Williams sings her songs, she is putting her spin on great renditions that she’s experienced. Regina covers a big swath of the Great Am...

  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Charlie Parr, Credit: Peter Lee
The Loring Park Music Festival started out as a neighborhood thing but it’s grown a bit. It still has an acoustic orientation, but it now embraces ...

  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Matra, Credit: Alison Bents
Matra presents its CD Release Concert at the Cedar Cultural Center this Friday night. The group is influenced by many music styles, but does not se...

  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
The Phil Hey Quartet plays at Jazz Central on May 19. It’s a group of 4 committed jazz musicians who got started playing together almost by acciden...

  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Nikki Matteson-Roux, Credit: Joel Jackson
Nikki and the RueMates does a lot of old music, a few new songs, and all with fresh spins. Nikki talked about the evolution or her sound with Phil ...

  • Added: May 04, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Patty Peterson, Credit: Jennifer Bong
The Minnesota jazz Legends Concert is coming up this Weekend. It is a time to pay homage to the state’s legacy of great Jazz Artists, but also to l...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: David Singley, Credit: Dietrich Gesk
Twin Cities guitarist David Singley has a new CD, his first in 20 years. The CD is more than a collection of tracks, but a project that caused Davi...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 06:51
Caption: David Singley, Credit: Dietrich Gesk
David Singley teaches guitar at McNally Smith College locally, he plays in bands, he composes, but he seldom records under his own name, at least n...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Aaron Kerr, Credit: Elizabeth Thonen-Kerr
Aaron Kerr’s Dissonant Creatures plays every Wed at the Black Dog in Saint Paul. It is a group that thrives on Aaron’s original music, which is inf...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo , Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
She calls herself the Duchess of the Blues, and she’s been at it a long time. Dee Miller took time to talk to Phil Nusbaum about her inspirations, ...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Julian Manzara, Credit: Jax Ravel
Julian Manzara loves the musical possibilities that define jazz. That jazz encourages exploring musical possibilities is what makes him comfortable...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Andrew Walesch and Big Band, Credit: Ian Walesch
Andrew Walesh is a singer like no other when it comes to the timeless Frank Sinatra repertoire. Sinatra’s songs, arrangements and interpretations ...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 05:00