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KTWH Cabin Fever Reliever Radio Variety Show and Native Nations Expo Benefit Event March 10, 2024


Two Harbors Community Ra­dio (KTWH-LP) is thrilled to present our 8th in-person Cab­in Fever Reliever at the Two Harbors High School on Sun­day, March 10th. A very special addition to our benefit perfor­mance for KTWH this year is the Native Nations Expo in the Great Hall from 1:00-3:00 pm. Cabin Fever 2024 is a celebration of regional musical talent, indig­enous culture, and community radio. Families will enjoy the Cabin Fever Reliever Variety Show in the auditorium from 3:00-5:00 pm. We’ll welcome singer, songwriter and story weaver John Sonofmel as The Master of Ceremonies, David Huck­felt, The Oshkii Giizhik Sing­ers, Michael Laughing Fox Charette, and Edward Ojard.

Advance tickets, $15 each or $35 Family, are on sale now at KTWH.org (click the Pre-sale Tickets button on the homep­age), in-person starting Febru­ary 9th at Cedar Coffee Com­pany and the KTWH studios. Tickets are $18 at the door, day of the event. The doors open at 1:00 pm for the Expo and free treats will be avail­able to all before the show.

Tribal agencies and commu­nity members will participate in the Native Nations Expo, a culturally themed outreach event taking place before the live show in the Great Hall of Two Harbors High School. We’re so pleased that the Lower Sioux Indian Commu­nity will come to show people their energy efficient Hemp­crete building products. What a cool innovation! MN Histor­ical Society, Great Lakes In­dian Fish and Wildlife Com­mission (GLIFWC), The 1854 Treaty Authority and John Beargrease’s great-grand­son, Mike Keyport, and the Beargrease Sled Dog Race folks will be among the Expo participants.

Here is a snapshot of the acts appearing at Cabin Fever 2024:

David Huckfelt is a singer/ lyricist /activist and found­ing front-man of Minneapolis indie-folk cult favorites The Pines. An Iowa native and for­mer theology student, Huck­felt attended the Iowa Writers Workshop before turning his attention to songwriting and performing. With improvi­sational mastery, Huckfelt’s shows and songs of no-spir­itual-surrender have earned him a devoted following from small-town opera houses & theaters to national festival stages like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Edmonton and Calgary Folk Fests, and the legendary First Avenue main­room, sharing stages with Ma­vis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Bon Iver, Calexico, Trampled By Turtles & more. An early encounter and collaboration with radical Native American poet John Trudell introduced Huckfelt as friend & partner to an array of Indigenous art­ists & activists including Wi­nona LaDuke, Louise Erdrich, & Keith Secola, working for climate justice and tribal sov­ereignty under the banner of music + resistance. With roots in the same fertile Midwestern soil that produced legendary folk singers like John Prine and Greg Brown, David’s new solo work preserves a rugged optimism that blasts through layers of dark in real time with songs that speak volumes, soft & clear.

John Sonofmel. Voted 2017 “One Week Live” Singer/ Songwriter of the Year- Wus­sow’s Music Cafe, formerly Beaners.

“Dylanesque songwriting de­livered with a voice like John­ny Cash.” –Jeffrey Jones, WOJB Music Director, Hay­ward, WI. “Sometimes it takes traveling far from home to find out where one comes from. From Baku to Berkeley, An­chorage to Ankara, Sonofmel brings the foreign home to the familiar, piling prodigal wan­derings and fistfuls of chords into spoken word, stories, and song.” – Sonofmel.

Oshkii Giizhik Singers (OGS) is a group of Indige­nous women singers and hand drummers from Northern Minnesota. Founded in 2006, the group has had dozens of Native women and elders from the region sing and share teachings over the years. OGS was the first women’s drum group to receive a “best tra­ditional recording” NAMMY award in 2009 with their al­bum, It’s A New Day For Love and credit that distinction to the many women’s drum groups that paved the way for them. Photo, Nedahness Rose Greene

Michael Charette (Laughing Fox) is an artist, musician, writer and performer and a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe). As a self-taught Native American flute player, he enhances his stories with flute music and storytelling performance. Growing up sur­rounded by the beauty of Lake Superior and the Woodlands led him to dedicate his gifts as an artist teaching about In­digenous history, culture, and heritage. His work as both a visual and performance artist is varied and tied together by the traditional wisdom of the Anishinaabe people, which is respectfully incorporated into his work. Tales of Laugh­ing Fox are Native American Cultural Demonstrations that consist of stories, culture, history and music from the Anishinaabe Peoples. With over 20 flutes in his collec­tion, each with their own sto­ry voices and song. Michael weaves tradi­tional story­telling with his own experi­ences. Tales of Laughing Fox performs all over Turtle Island and beyond, recently returning from a trip to York, England.

Laughing Fox currently has Native American flute Music albums available: https://laughingfox.bandcamp.com https://talesoflaughingfox.wixsite.com/talesoflaughingfox

Edward Ojard aka “Eddie” of Two Harbors began playing piano at age 3, composing at age 4 and has become a high­ly accomplished 15 year old pianist & composer. Eddie’s musicianship continues to advance through his study of piano and music theory, which earned him the highest score and special honors in recent statewide piano comprehen­sive exams. Eddie’s success in the American Protege Pia­no Competition earned him a spot performing at Carnegie Hall in December 2023. Along with music competition, high school classes, and being a Two Harbors High School JV basketball player, Eddie is busy preparing to release his 5th original music CD.

Two Harbors Community Radio is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that oper­ates KTWH-LP, Radio With a Lake View, a low power FM community radio service on the north shore which has broadcast over 100 hours per week of diverse music and community news and infor­mation since 2015 at 99.5 FM– also streaming online at ktwh.org. KTWH is volunteer driven, listener and commu­nity supported radio. Follow us on Facebook: Two Har­bors Community Radio. Learn more online at ktwh.org. Cab­in Fever advance tickets may be purchased and donations to support KTWH may be made from the homepage.

KTWH is grateful to area businesses and organizations that sponsor our event.

The 2023 Cabin Fever Re­liever Radio Variety Show has been generously support­ed by funding and assistance from Lovin’ Lake County. We thank all our generous spon­sors: Minnesota Public Ra­dio, Cooperative Light and Power, Holiday Stores of Two Harbors (east and west), Ju­dy’s Cafe, North Shore Fed­eral Credit Union, Thrivent Financial, Harbor Rail Loft, Lake County Press, North­shore Journal, Two Harbors Federal Credit Union, Betty’s Pies, The Reader, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Two Harbors Media.

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