A Bemidji First?

•June 15, 2009 • 2 Comments

Pelican RailRoad with four guest blues harpist

Saturday started with rain but five minutes before I arrived at the gig the clouds parted and the sun shown brightly for the remainder of a wonderful day of outdoor live music. We were down at Slim’s Bar & Grill for the 9th annual Bike Rally. There were loads of awesome bikes on hand and some really sweet rides took the trophys. Pelican RR was having a great time that included a highlite that we believe may be a Bemidji First. We had four blues harp players in the crowd three of which had shared the stage with us before and one first timer with the RaiRoad. The song was Got My Mojo Working and the Harpists were Rick Hoff, Michael Bibeau, Paul Sheppard & Richard Moline. It was an incredible sound that followed! The mix was referred to as a cross between multiple trains approaching and a marching bagpipe band. All this couched in a ripping twelve bar blues in A that would have raised of few old blues legends from thier graves. Thankfully everyone had the appropriate harp in there pocket. As each harpist took a solo (two each) the song changed character a bit with the soloists adding there very distinctive take on the effort and then swinging back to the band for rousing choruses and then finally everyone altogether for the big finish. The moment was as long as it was impressive and all ten of us on stage at the end just kind of stood there in amazement at what had just taken place. Thanks to the harpists and to all the members of the band for an outstanding show.



Pelican RailRoad with four guest blues harpist

Live Music Outdoors!

•June 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It has been another busy week for Pelican RailRoad. Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ was a pleasure with a good crowd and a couple of guest artists. Thursday at Jammers Nite Club we were treated to a set by Rockhouse (local band) and sat in with them on a few tunes. Saturday we will be playing OUTDOORS! at Slim’s Bar & Grill for the 9th annual Bike Rally from 3pm-6pm. Also on Saturday Drew & Aaron will be closing the night out with an Acoustic Show of Original and Traditional Blues, Roots and Americana at Brigid’s Cross from 9pm-1am. Summer is here and the Live Music is blooming.

All the Best,


Pelican RailRoad / Sculpture Walk / Irish Pub

•May 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

We have a busy one ahead of us today with the Bemidji Sculpture Walk Artists Reception taking place in the basement of the Masonic Temple from 5-7pm and then we modulate over to Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub for a night merriment from 9pm-1am. We will be mixing up our acoustic sets with our dance sets and I anticipate a fully rounded something for everyone experience.

Cover your plants and come stay warm with us! 🙂

All the Best,


Brigid’s Cross & Acoustic Originals

•May 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I will be playing with Aaron Tank tonight featuring an original mix of Acoustic Blues, Folk and Americana. We are at Brigid’s Cross and the show starts at 9pm.

Lounge Music

•May 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Another Thursday in the lounge under the warm colored lights, in the basque of an intimate acoustic show often shared with the audience through participation on misc. percussion instruments. Join us at Jammers Nite Club 9pm. Stay Warm!!

Pelican RailRoad Tonight

•May 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It is time again for the mid-week push and to recharge your batteries with some live music and dancing. We will be laying it down again tonight at the Backyard BBQ downtown Bemidji. Guest artists are to be expected and a tremendous time shall be had by all.

All the Best,


Pelican RailRoad Acoustic

•May 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Tonight (Sat May 9th) we will be performing another intimate show in the acoustic lounge at Jammers Nite Club. Guest artists should be expected and audience participation on available percussion and hand drums is encouraged. We try to bring the experience to everyone on a personal level and if you have never been to Jammers it is like having a cozy house concert in your own home. Come enjoy an early Mothers Day with some original acoustic blues, jazz, jam, rock, country and folk with Pelican RailRoad Acoustic. Show starts about 8:30. Stay Warm! Drew

Bemidji Music Scene this weekend

•May 9, 2009 • 1 Comment

Last night was a good night for live music connoisseurs in the Bemidji area. Uncle Shurley at Brigid’s where I got a chance to sit in on Jake’s axe while he played Bass and Rob played keyboard on a new tune. Thanks guys!! :).  Also downtown at the Backyard BBQ Rockhouse was rocking the house with new guitar player Matt Eidsvoog and they will be there again tonight. North of town at Jammers Nite Club there was the usual Friday open Jam with a enthusiastic audience and the usual compliment of fine musicians. This is where I found myself for the better part of the late night musical extravaganza. Cowboy John as we loving refer to him as was there until closing with myself and we got into some very understated tasty picking on tunes that we rearranged on the spot to compliment our style of the moment. Support Live Music it will nurture your psyche.

Another Wednesday of Live Music

•May 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

We will be tearing it up again tonight at the Backyard BBQ (formerly Hard Times Saloon) from 8:30 – 12:30. With the last week of diversity behind us we will be covering some new ground tonight and breaking out new never before heard or for that matter played material. If you haven’t  made it to the new restaurant/bar the kitchen is open until 8:00 and after a little chow you can dance it off to Pelican RailRoad’s Original Blues, Rock, Jazz, Jam, Country, Folk and Alternative Tunes. The wait staff and bartenders are awesome and the crowd we draw are as well. So come and enjoy!!

Two weeks of Music and Theatre

•May 3, 2009 • 1 Comment

It all started two weeks ago on Thursday April 23rd when Jammers Nite Club opened for the season with a KG Entertainment production of the Harold Pinter play The Birthday Party and the revival of our weekly Thursday night Gig. The play ran two weeks and received rave reviews  with many of the theatre goers staying  for most or all of the evening to listen and/or participate on hand percussion with the us. Kaleb Fricke joined us as well with vocal cameos most of the nights. Both Fidays had the open jam running which was tremendously attended with musicians and audience members. Saturday nights also were delightful especially the last one when we were treated to Karissa Korbel’s Jazz Prowess. We had just played for her senior vocal recital at BSU and she then joined us at the club for a celebration and we ran through a number of awesome pieces including a duet with Caleb on Gershwins Summertime. Between the closing party for the play the celebration of the recital and a six night run for myself and most of the band it was a night of release and joy complete with a bonfire on a rather pleasant night in the great northwoods. Next Thursday we’ll do it again. 🙂