Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Spread the Word Before the Word Spreads You!!!

by Doug MacRostie

The 5th Annual 91.7 KAXE Mississippi River Festival is going to be AWESOME this year - July 18th, at the KAXE Amphitheater, featuring MN bands. Everyone is getting SO excited, even the Grand Rapids Herald-Review contacted KAXE for info about the Mississippi River Festival for the cover of "Scene & Screen" in this Sunday's paper! So I did a quick write-up about the event & it seems only fair if I tell them the word to spread, I should tell you too...here you go, please help get the word out:

Dear GR Herald-Review,

Hi! This is Doug from KAXE; I host Centerstage MN, our program featuring the talents of MN musicians Thursday nights at 6. I helped line-up the bands for the 5th Annual 91.7 KAXE Mississippi River Festival on July 18th under The Rotary Tent at KAXE's Amphitheater. It's going to be an exciting afternoon/evening of great music ranging from traditional folk to the new sound of rock.

This year we're featuring all Minnesota Musicians and things kick off at 1pm with Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors from Brainerd, a 6-piece acoustic string band playing a mix of bluegrass, old-time and Irish fiddle tunes.

Then we have the inventive roots music of The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank from Holyoke. Fronted by brothers Ian and Teague Alexy, The Hobo Nephews have established a foundation of roots, blues and folk music they build on and take in new exciting directions.

Next is the high energy trio Clawthroat, fronted by Joseph Downing from Grand Rapids. They play a new breed of folk-rock with catchy melodies, flying drums and music that will get you moving.

We rock out the evening with Sick of Sarah from Minneapolis. Their bass player Jamie Holm is from Clearbrook and these 5 ladies play an edgy form of pop-rock with beautiful melodies and harmonies, rockin' hooks, and a little bit of attitude.

Again, I am very excited to have so much amazing young Minnesota talent coming to the 5th Annual 91.7 KAXE Mississippi River Festival this year. It's great living in a state with such fine musical history that continues to this day; this is one more way for us to celebrate and perpetuate that tradition right on the north bank of the Mississippi River in downtown Grand Rapids.

To see these 4 excellent bands is just $25, students 19 and under are $15. KAXE members get a $10 discount, 12 and under are free. Tickets can be ordered online at www.KAXE.org, or by calling 218-326-1234. This community event is made possible with the generous support of Hawkinson Redi-Mix and U-Care. Food & Beverage will be provided by Kiwanis at the event.

Have a great day and thanks so much for covering this event, we REALLY appreciate it!!!

So, anything you can do to help spread the word is greatly appreciated! If you happen to know of any newspapers in Northern MN, ask them to take this info and do a cover story too!!!

Rock on and SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!

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