The Charlie Hunter Trio at the Real-Phonic Radio Hour

It was a magical night in Saint Paul MN with some incredibly talented and passionate musicians sharing the stage at the Real-Phonic Radio Hour. The Real-Phonic band with Erik Koskinen, Paul Bergen, JT Bates, and Frankie Lee opened the night. Next up was Gabriela Sweet accompanied by Molly Maher on guitar, JT Bates on drums and Chris Bates on upright bass. The Charlie Hunter Trio then took to the stage with Bobby Previte on drums, and Carly Meyers on trombone. The mood onstage was nothing short of joyous and it was something special to be in the presence of such gifted, passionate musicians. The performances this night will be something I always remember. Ann Treacy had a nice write-up about the show on TC Daily Planet. I loved the set at the end of the show with all the musicians onstage together. JT and Bobby on dueling drums was amazing.

Kiteboarding the Bear and Mille Lacs

It was an unbelievable weekend for kiting in Minnesota. The conditions at Mille Lacs were insane with waves over 3 feet, high wind, overpowered riders, blue sky, and warm temps. I had a great time catching 30+ foot jumps in between getting pummeled by waves. FUN day!

North Star Grand Prix

The festival formerly known as the Nature Valley Grand Prix didn't disappoint. I was able to stop by a couple of the stages of the North Star Grand Prix to catch some of the action. Look for these images in the July/August issue of Midwest Events!

Photos from the Uptown Criterium-

Photos from the Stillwater Criterium-