The Beat Cafe

On Friday, March 22, Northern Community Radio will present The Beat Café on the stage of the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji, from 6-8 p.m. The program will also be broadcast live, on 150,000 watts of signal-power: 91.7 KAXE (Grand Rapids) and 90.5 KBXE (Bagley/Bemidji) and translators 89.9 in Brainerd-Baxter and 109.3 in Ely. You can also listen to our livestream at

            The Beat Café will include poetry and jazz, in the tradition of the Beat movement of the 1950s and -60s. Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen will be the featured reader, and she’ll be joined by area poets Nikki Anderson-Weir, Dean Brooks, Mark Christensen, Anna Ingalls, Erin Lynn Marsh, LouAnn Shepard Muhm, Marsh Muirhead, Charlie Pulkrabek, CarolAnn Russell, and Anthony Swann. The jazz group ivoTrio (Jon Dallas, piano; KC Johnson, drums; Pat Downing, bass) will provide the music.

            Listen to Northern Community Radio and check the website ( for more details. 

            Shake the dust out of your beret and black turtleneck and think: cool.


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