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Local Current cheer: Help us fill our stocking with Minnesota holiday music!

Andrea Swensson and Jay Gabler are grabbing some of their favorite holiday songs to share with you. Photo by Jay Gabler/MPR.

With snow on the ground, your thoughts may be turning to the holidays—and so are ours. We’ll be celebrating the season (how else?) with local music, and we’d like your help to fill our music library with as much Minnesota holiday music as possible.

On Sunday, Dec. 21, David Campbell will host a special holiday episode of the Local Show from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the Current. That episode will be re-broadcast the following day—Monday, Dec. 22—on our Local Current stream, followed by four hours of Minnesota holiday music presented by Andrea Swensson and me.

Andrea pulled a lot of Minnesota-made holiday music together for her seasonal shift last year, but we know there’s a lot more out there! If you have any suggestions, please leave them as comments below or e-mail them to jgabler@mpr.org. Local bands, do you have holiday music you’d like us to consider playing? Please send it our way via our Web form (which, FYI, you can and should use all year long to make sure your new tunes make it into our hands to be considered for broadcast and/or blogging).

Thanks for rocking out with us this holiday season!

  • Kimberly Brown

    “Home for the Holidays” is a must-have for the Christmas season! Kimberly Brown has recorded her annual Christmas concert live at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis (MN). Co-producer and engineer Steven Daniels of Xcentric Records capt…ured the essence of the night, and now it is available worldwide. Brown wrote the first single, “Still Remember” and the holiday salsa-styled “Merry Christmas to You”. She also arranged some of the traditional tracks such as, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, and “Go Tell it on the Mountain”. This event is known for such staples as the theme of the concert, “Home for the Holidays, and of course concert attendees favorites, such as “Bluer” and Mary Did You Know?”.

    This female tenor is a former member of the Grammy-Award-Winning, Minnesota-based group, The Sounds of Blackness, and her 15 years of performing with them has garnered her an enormous amount of music-industry experience. She is a singer/songwriter and producer, and has traveled the world over. She also serves as a volunteer and spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

  • Demetrius D. Reeves

    I just love Kimberly Brown Holiday concert and her wonderful Holiday Album

  • Ron Miller

    Santa, Don’t Stop at the bar on Chiristmas Eve, by the Federales, is a hoot!

    • Good suggestion, Ron! Unfortunately we don’t have that one…would you happen to have a copy?