Thursday, October 21, 2010

Centerstage MN Goes Wild with The Beastman Band

by Doug MacRostie

Everyone once in a while you hear something that truly stands out; it'll get into your head and make your inner-animal instinct cryout with pure emotion.  That happened last week to me with Danny Friedman and the Beastman Band, a 3 piece hybrid of rockabilly, R&B, Country-folk and hard funk out of Duluth MN. They've just put out their self-titled, debut album. I'll be talking with Danny Friedman about the many layers to their music tonight at 6 on Centerstage MN.

Why the Beastman himself supports KAXE, "It's essential. Support of a station like KAXE is essential. It's really what binds us together; and I know I'm starting to sound like Obi Wan Kenobi from Star Wars, but really that's what it's about, right? It's about a group of people believing in a common way of being, and a common environment, and a common culture. And as a resident of Grand Rapids KAXE was huge for me. It was right down the street and I would listen all the time. And what you do is get a different voice in everything that you're hearing. Seems to be that the general voice doesn't want people to get together and doesn't want people to build community. KAXE flies right in the face of that, which is one of the reasons I support it and think it's such a vital part of north country living." ~Danny Friedman and the Beastman Band.

There's nothing to be scared of! Support KAXE! The first 5 pledges during Centerstage MN will get copies of Danny Friedman and the Beastman Band. In the last 3 years Centerstage MN has become a vital part of the MN music scene and you need to support independent local radio while we support independent MN musicians!

Tonight we'll also hear some excellent highlights of recent live performances on Centerstage MN incuding Mayda, Aaron Kaercher, the Urban Hillbilly Quartet and more.

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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