Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rolling Down the River to the West Bank

by Doug MacRostie

"The West Bank" has historically been a hotbed for music in Minnesota. Part of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis, it's bordered by the Mississippi River to the north and east. This creative community is fueled by the close proximity of various cultures; there are urban poor of diverse ethnic backgrounds, college students, and middle-class urbanites. Back in the 60's, when some kid named Bob Zimmerman was learning folk music and some young chick named Bonnie Raitt recorded her debut CD, one of the most influential blues and folk trios formed: Koerner, Ray and Glover. The two surviving members, Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover performed in early July at Mill City Museum on the West Bank and we'll hear that performance this Thursday night at 6 on Centerstage MN, with a big thanks to our sister-station KFAI for capturing the concert for us, made possible by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

To set up that concert, we'll hear a new CD from Darryl Holter called "West Bank Gone," which takes us back to the West Bank in the 60's. We'll hear the title track which chronicles some of the West Bank personalities that are no longer with us.

We'll also hear some modern music coming of the Minneapolis music scene: Brother Ali and More Than Lights - we'll hear songs relating to the life, struggle and power of women. I am working on getting both of them on Centerstage MN sometime... it WILL happen, I just don't know when :)

Centerstage MN is Thursday evenings at 6, streaming live online at; or 91.7 Grand Rapids, 89.9 Brainerd and 105.3 Bemidji and can be heard again Sunday mornings at 6. All interviews are archived at Centerstage MN is also heard on KSRQ in Thief River Falls, and on KMSU in Mankato. Sometimes heard on KFAI in Minneapolis & St. Paul and WTIP in Grand Marais. Often featured on

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