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Looking for a good time? Find inspiration and entertainment each week as The PlayList showcases local artists, preview performances, and gets you ready to partake in the best the north has to offer.

Jan 8, 2015 - Episode 601

Bluegrass performers Tin Can Gin, Violinist Sara Pajunen + Oil Paintings by Karen Savage

Tin Can Gin builds on the bluegrass tradition, drawing in excellent musicians with an upbeat, indie attitude. The red-hot band arrives at The PlayList after scorching a path of sizzling new tunes and searing gigs across Minnesota.

Iron Range native Sara Pajunen channels her Finnish heritage through her classical violin. She’s pushing her training in new directions through the Cedar Cultural Center’s collaborative project with emerging Minnesota musicians.

Artist Karen Savage masters oil painting, and the palette knife, through a year-long, painting-a-day challenge. The result is a series of colorful, textural pieces that translate scenes from the natural environment.

January 15, 2015 - Episode 602

Singer-Songwriter Colleen Myhre, Actor Chris Nollet + Frykman Art Studio

Colleen Myhre is a guitar-wielding acoustic storyteller. Her lyrics draw from life experiences shared, laid bare, with touches of gospel, soul, and indie folk elegance. The Mahtowa singer-songwriter packs the stage with an ensemble cast of remarkable musicians, including Brothers Burn Mountian.

Drama, comedy, and song & dance, actor Chris Nollet, pulls it off brilliantly on community stages throughout the Twin Ports. His recent reprise of the role of George, in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? gave his versatile skills and commitment to community theater the perfect platform.

Sharon & Steve Frykman create works of art in tune with the season and the setting. From outdoor landscapes to indoor glasswork in homes and commercial venues, the couple produces site-specific beauty. Their art includes warm glass & traditional stained glass, forged iron, and sculptural metal installations.

January 22, 2015 - Episode 603

Pop Punk from Low Forms, Venus DeMars + Robert D. Adams

Low Forms play hard-hitting beats with a pop punk spirit. The trio brings energy and attitude to original tunes and The PlayList this week. The band includes frontman Pete Biasi, Jeremy Ehlert on bass and Dave Frankenfeld on drums.

A punk rocker goes acoustic when Duluth native Venus DeMars records haunting vocals at Sacred Heart Music Center. The PlayList captures the session and perspective from Venus during a swing through the Twin Ports.

Battleship gameboards and bright colors find their way into Robert Adams artwork. The Duluth-based multi-media artist creates installations with a sense of humor and social commentary built in. He uses layers of cultural touchstones to invoke “the layering of experience that creates the self.”

January 29, 2015 - Episode 604

Ska box from Wood Blind, Carolyn Olson’s Abstracts + Percussionist Gene Koshinski

Wood Blind delivers a fresh & original ska sound with beatbox rhythms. The duo coined the term “ska box” to describe its approach. The band thrives on the buoyant guitar work of Jason Wussow and inventive, vocal percussion & stand –up bass playing by Veikko Lepisto.

Stylized whimsy covers the canvas when Carolyn Olson paints. The Duluth-based abstract painter is all about family, community and the art of everyday living. She combines simple, bold & vibrant colors in stylized compositions taken from her own perspective as a northern artist.

Jaw-dropping virtuosity is a signature part of Gene Koshinski --the composer, teacher and percussion master has incredible percussion skills and a flair for the unexpected. The University of Minnesota Duluth music instructor travels the world performing and also plays with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

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