PPaul Metsa Photoaul Metsa

Paul Metsa is a professional musician, songwriter, author and community activist. He was born in Virginia, MN in 1955, graduated Roosevelt High School in 1974, and did two years at Mesabi State Community College. He moved to Minneapolis in 1977, and over the course of his career performed over 5,000 professional shows, won 8 MN Music Awards, released 12 original recording projects, and has also authored 3 books, Blue Guitar Highway and Blood in the Tracks (The Minnesota Musicians Behind Dylan’s Masterpiece) both published by the UofMN Press, and self published Alphabet Jazz- Poetry, Prose, Stories, and Songs in 2022. He also hosts both a radio show and television show in the Twin Cities. He currently lives in Duluth, MN with his beloved rescue dog Blue. More info at

Paul Metsa Photo by Jim Vasquez




Oshkii Giizhik Singers


Oshkii Giizhik Singers

Oshkii Giizhik Singers (OGS) is a group of Indigenous women singers and hand drummers from Northern Minnesota. Founded in 2006, the group has had dozens of Native women and elders from the region sing and share teachings over the years. The group was the first women’s drum group to receive a NAMMY award for “best traditional recording” in 2009, and owe that distinction to the many women’s drum groups that paved the way for them.