“Backroads” Filmed Live In The River Room

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Folk ‘n’ Blues Show

On Friday July 8th Adam Hammer and  Dave Cofell are coming to the Rail River Folk School with their longstanding Folk ‘n’ Blues Show. The Folk ‘n’ Blues show will be an evening of progressive folk, blues and their own blend of “black and blues.” We are pretty excited.

Adam Hammer July
The show will feature special guest guitarist and songwriter Nathan Ness. He, as well as Adam and Dave, hail from Central Minnesota and the St. Cloud area, but they all have some connection to Bemidji.

The duo was voted Best Original Music in the St. Cloud Times’ annual Best of Central Minnesota reader’s poll four straight years. Both of their 2012 solo releases, “Broken Like You” and “No Substitute (For You),” spent time in the top 10 of the CMJ charts at 88.1FM KVSC in St. Cloud. New releases are planned for later in 2016.
Their live show features a song-for-song format where they back each other up on acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, lap steel and the occasional kazoo among other instruments.

Sounds like a fun show 🙂

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Early bird prices can be found here. If you Purchase the advance ticket with download , which is only $12, you can get a 10-song download from Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell. Download the music, listen to them before the show — it sounds like a pretty fun deal.

Come enjoy your Friday night with us folk 🙂

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Super Soul Sunday

June 26th Rail River Folk School is excited to be hosting a day of music and people’s block party. Starting at 3pm and ending around midnight, come out for music and community. A day of gathering  to the rhythm of the heart of solidarity-protecting our water –protecting our future together-reawaken connection to home and community –people to place.

Embrace the wealth of knowledge and tradition to inform our growth together –convening at the river.

We will be joined by Indigenous Environmental network, Bemidji Area Indian Center, Bemidji Participatory Arts Collective, Apple Blossom Village, and more.

The evening of music will feature Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Incepticons, Thomas X, Jayanthi Kyle, and more. The event will be held outside, on the banks of the Mississippi, and there will be a bonfire starting at 6,

There will be something for everyone!

midsummer Fest


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Rail River Music Festival to benefit the Village of Hope Emergency Shelter

On Saturday, May 28 th , Randall Riebe and collaborator Mike Allen will be hosting the Rail River Music Festival to benefit the Village of Hope Emergency Shelter. There will be live music, art displays, raffles, and beverages will also be available. The Festival will start as the first act performs at 4 p.m. and will continue until well after midnight. There will be an $8 entry fee at the door, the fee is $5 with a food or household item donation. The Village of Hope needs cleaning supplies, personal toiletries, pantry items, clothing items, and other household items. The Village of Hope is an Emergency Shelter that assists families who are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Rail Road Street SW. For any further information or questions on what to donate, contact Randall Riebe at randallriebe@gmail.com.

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Undlin & Wolfe April 29th

Undlin & Wolfe will be finishing up their Between the Trees Spring Tour, Friday April 29th, at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji. The Minneapolis band will be joined by Faith Boblett, and Bemidji’s own, Berit Dybing.

Come hang out! $7 at the door, open to all ages. Doors at 7:00, music starts at 7:30

UndlinWolfe april 29 2016 (861x1128)


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March 2016 Ebiyang Seed Exchange

We are pleased to invite you to a seed exchange on April 5th from 5:30-7:30 at the Rail River Folk School. Spring is here, time to check out some seeds.


seed exchange

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Website Updates

Thanks for bearing with us while we make our website more awesome!

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