Win Tickets to See Trampled By Turtles & More!

Trampled by Turtles returns home to the Bayfront stage on July 9th! This year they're accompanied by The Cactus Blossoms, Hippo Campus, Feeding Leroy, and Madi Davis. You can take part in the celebration for free by tuning in between June 27th and July 1 for your chance to call and enter our drawing!
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6/24 Live From Studio A: Joe Walsh with Lincoln Meyers

This Duluth native was the first graduate on the mandolin at Berklee College of Music in Boston (where he now teaches). A co-founder of the group Joy Kills Sorrow, he's gone on to work with bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers and folk icon Jonathan Edwards as well as releasing solo albums.
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Sonny Knight Interview

Twin Cities soul singer Sonny Knight's first album was named I'm Still Here; Knight says it refers to "the fact that I'm still here to do what I do is like a blessing to me." We talked with Knight, a Vietnam veteran, about his long road to releasing his first album under his own name at the age of 65-his beginnings singing music in church in Mississippi (where he grew up before moving to St. Paul), the bands he performed with on and off along the way, and the show where the owners of Secret...
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Summer on the nation’s largest freshwater sandbar attracts more than seagulls and sunbathers. Each year on the last weekend in June, 10,000+ people come together to celebrate the arts and community in a spectacular Lake Superior setting.

Chris Harwood talks with Merry Renn Vaughan, the director of the theatre program at the College of St. Scholastica, about Hamilton: An American Musical. With a hip hop score and a cast reflecting a broad palate of American ethnicities, Hamilton has stuck a chord with its broad, multigenerational fan base.  

Radio Theatre is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This summer, Minnesota Reads is bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) were established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle."  Our guest is Victoria Richards whose first novel, Once Were Mountains (Beaver's Pond Press), won the NEMBA award in the Fiction category

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Peter Ross is a UMD Biology grad,  a largely self-taught artist,  and a man who loves the patterns he finds in nature.

He's also really looking forward to retirement when he can devote himself to painting full time.

©Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is wearing a lot of hats these days.  Author, illustrator, artist, cartoonist, playwright ...

But she's about to step into the scary spotlight of the Park Point Art Fair for the first time, and she doesn't know if her reception will be closer to the fan who gushed, "It's that cartoonist that's in the Star Tribune!" or more like the Duluth news anchor who once commented about her work in a local publication: "Apparently a second grader is doing their art now."

Vance Gellert

 One new show up this summer at UMD's Tweed Museum of Art, Iron Country: Photographs of People and Landscapes of the Iron Range is the work of storyteller Vance Gellert. A St. Paul based photographer, Gellert began his journey north in 2013, learning about the range communities with his camera in hand.  This project shares the face of a community, the rich mining history and the people in Northern Minnesota.  His work is rich, insightful and beautiful.

©Jay Steinke

Photographer Jay Steinke talks about why he's glad he spent the majority of his career in film photography...

one of the last of the "classic, laid-back art fairs"...and how embracing a new sport has brought inspiration and emotional response to his work.

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This episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is part two of a conversation with Nancy Jones, a respected elder from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario. She has worked for many years as a teacher and cultural advisor for schools and language revitalization programs in Ontario, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She shares life stories and talks about staying connected to the land, listening to the animals, finding and storing food, the medicine wheel, and the importance of being thankful. 

©Adu Gindy

Annie Dugan just wishes she'd thought of it first.

An exhibit of works called Animal Inclinations opens this Thursday (6/23) at Lizzard's Gallery in Duluth.

It features the paintings of Adu Gindy and the ceramics of Jim Klueg.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Park Point Art Fair promises a wealth of art viewing, appreciating, purchasing and making opportunities.

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Eric Helland can make gorgeous turned and freeform wood art with pine, maple, oak ... and box elder.

A notorious "garbage tree" scorned for its red-and-black beetles in most of the state, box elders don't grow up in this neck of the woods much.

But Hellend says "The uglier the tree, the more I want it."

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Win Concert Tickets!

Tune in June 26–July 10 for your chance to win tickets to the Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival!

Featured Live From Studio A

Sleeping Jesus joins us on Friday, July 1 at 2:00pm

Win Concert Tickets!

Tune in June 27–July 1 for your chance to win tickets to Trampled By Turtles and more!

KUMD Events

KUMD is proud to sponsor The 4th Annual All Pints North Summer Brew Fest on Saturday, July 23rd from 3-7pm at Bayfront Festival Park. Celebrating Minnesota craft beer, the festival also features local food vendors and live entertainment by Viva Knievel and Four on the Floor.

Festival Information

KUMD is proud to partner with the Armory Arts and Music Center to celebrate the Historic Duluth Armory's 100th year with a Rolling Thunder Reunion concert featuring internationally acclaimed Eric Andersen with Scarlet Rivera, Lonnie Knight, Reid Papke and Gene LaFond on Saturday, July 23rd at Weber Music Hall.

Facebook // Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

If you enjoy our Caribbean Roots music on KUMD you'll love the Reggae and World Music Festival at Bayfront Festival Park on July 16th. Listen in between June 26th and July 10 on our Caribbean Roots show Sundays 11-1 for your chance to enter our drawing and win tickets to the festival.   Enter to win Sundays between June 26-July 10   

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