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Al Church takes the mic as Local Current DJ in residence

Al Church performs in The Current's studio. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

It’s July, which means it’s time to roll into the third month of Local Current’s DJ in Residence! Here at The Current, we’ve been inviting local musicians to take over our all-Minnesota music stream to talk about the local music scene and to spin tracks from other local musicians. So far, Martin Devaney and Sophia Eris have done a fantastic job of holding down the fort, but now it’s time to announce our next DJ!

This time around, we’re handing the mic over to Al Church, a Duluth-born, Twin Cities-based musician who is well-versed in music from all across the state. Al’s got his hands full as a songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist who fronts his own solo project (you may have heard his latest single, “Next to You,” on The Current), a member of the Minneapolis band BBGUN, and as a teacher at Sarah Jane’s Music School in Northeast Minneapolis.

“I’m so pumped to be the third DJ in residence on Local Current!” says Al Church of his new gig. “I used to host my own radio show on my deck as a kid, so I feel that experience really honed my mic skills. I’m planning on digging into my local music vault, dusting off some records that came out in the early to mid-2000s, and playing some new local stuff.”

Spend your Friday afternoons with Al Church, delving into the music made, played, and enjoyed in Minnesota: every Friday in July from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Local Current. Al’s first shift is today, and next week (July 17) his shift will include a special tribute to the Sound Gallery, with several songs by artists who have played there.

Local Current’s DJ in Residence project is supported by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.