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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.


216 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Wee Willie Walker, Credit: Doug Knutson
Wee Willie Walker is one of Minnesota’s great blues treasures. Willie plays a 9pm show at the Dakota in Minneapolis on Thursday night Nov 30. In a ...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 16:00
Caption: Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Credit: Diego Ramallo
Tonight we look ahead to next week, Tuesday November 28, when the 18-piece Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra performs at Jazz Central Studios in Mi...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Jazz 88 logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Mango Jam. It’s a Twin Cities band that formed in 1989, and has played in 46 states. And throw in a good deal of recording as well. Because of fami...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Cedar Avenue Big Band, Credit: Jim Richards
The Cedar Avenue Big Band. After 25 years, it’s still a leading Twin Cities Big Band. Why do they do it? They just love playing big band music, and...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Credit: Jerry Nelson
The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir had its first performance in 1990 at which it won award for quality. From that point, it assumed an importan...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League, Credit: Aaron Davidson
It’s a whole new combination of styles nearly a century old with a lot of cool. The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League plays this Thursday night at...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Monroe Crossing, Credit: Jamey Guy
Bach and bluegrass. The combination really works, as composer Carol Barnett and lyricist Marisha Chamberlain proved a few years ago when they creat...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Maud Hixson, Credit: Olivia Wilcox
Jazz fans know Maud Hixson as a leading contemporary vocalist. But while Maud is best known for singing with small groups, she’s been building towa...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2017
  • Length: 08:00
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