Music Rooted in Place and People
Black River Revue brings together four friends. Two are from Superior, Wisconsin, and two are from right across the water in Duluth, Minnesota. They love to come up with new tunes and put their own spin on bluegrass classics. Their music often references places they grew up, like the Black River, which their band is named after.
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Tim describes how playing music with his friends now is different from how he learned to play when he was younger. Why?
Tim and Adam talk about how bluegrass songs are often passed down orally, with the players making changes to the songs over time. What other forms of music or art change as they are shared?
Adam and Tim share that they grew up on opposite sides of the bridge over the Black River, doing the same kinds of outdoor activities. Is there a place that is special to you and the activities that you like to do?
“Outer Space” – With this song, Adam and the other members of Black River Revue send an intergalactic shout-out to Adam’s third-grade teacher whose love of space inspired her students.
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Vicki Way Kipp
Norman Yuson Cuaño
Graphic and Motion Graphics
Music Education Content
South Milwaukee High School
South Milwaukee, WI
Keshena Primary School
Menominee Indian School District
Wisconsin School Music Association
Chief Curiosity Officer
Director of Television
Mark Poirier – Executive Director
Armory Arts and Music Center
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Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Focus Fund for Education
Friends of PBS Wisconsin