Announcing On-Air Fest, coming Dec. 12 and 13

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On-Air Fest happens Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, on The Current. (MPR graphic)

Coming Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, The Current has your all-access pass to On-Air Fest! As part of our Month of Gratitude this December, we'll rock your radio with some of the best live-music experiences you've helped us create over the years. It's no surprise that the lineup is stacked!

Listen Saturday, Dec. 12, from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. (Central) for half-hour sets from artists like Adele, Bon Iver, Lizzo, The Avett Brothers, Sharon Jones, and even Billy Idol. See the full schedule below.

The Current's On-Air Fest is supported by the Members of Minnesota Public Radio.

On Air Fest – Complete Schedule


Saturday, Dec. 12
noon – Chastity Brown
12:30 p.m. – Best Coast
1 p.m. – Sonny Knight
1:30 p.m. – Of Monsters and Men
2 p.m. – Nathaniel Rateliff
2:30 p.m. – CHVRCHES
3 p.m. – Arctic Monkeys
3:30 p.m. – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
4 p.m. – Death Cab for Cutie
4:30 p.m. – Spoon
5 p.m. – Tori Amos
5:30 p.m. – The National
6 p.m. – Adele
6:30 p.m. – Bon Iver

Sunday, Dec. 13
noon – IDLES
12:30 p.m. – Laura Marling
1 p.m. – Black Pumas
1:30 p.m. – Bob Mould
2 p.m. – Dessa
2:30 p.m. – Billy Idol
3 p.m. – Tegan and Sara
3:30 p.m. – Charles Bradley
4 p.m. – Courtney Barnett
4:30 p.m. – Metric
5 p.m. – The Avett Brothers
5:30 p.m. – Lizzo

(all times Central)

Valerie June at The Current in 2017
On Air Fest lineup. (MPR graphic)

25 Photos

  • Chastity Brown playing guitar on stage at the Fine Line
    Chastity Brown performing at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis on August 27, 2019, for The Current's Microshow series. (MPR Photo | Nate Ryan)
  • Best Coast
    Best Coast (Kevin Haynes)
  • secretstash_1
    Sonny Knight at the Secret Stash Soul Revue at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., in March 2016. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio
    Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio in 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Nathaniel Rateliff performs a solo set at The Current
    Nathaniel Rateliff performs a solo set at The Current in early 2020. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre
    Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (Andy Witchger for MPR)
  • Arctic Monkeys
    Arctic Monkeys (Zackery Michael)
  • Sharon Jones performs at World Cafe Live
    Sharon Jones performing at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. (Rich McKie/WXPN)
  • Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul
    Death Cab for Cutie perform at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Andy Witchger for MPR)
  • Britt Daniel of Spoon at The Current's MicroShow
    Britt Daniel of Spoon performs at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., in 2017, as part of The Current's MicroShow series. (Jules Ameel for The Current)
  • Tori Amos in The Current studio
    Tori Amos performs "Baker Baker" in The Current's studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • The National perform at Rock the Garden 2019
    Matt Berninger of The National performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Adele
    Adele's 25 was (by far) the biggest album of 2015, selling more than 6 million copies in less than two months. (Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)
  • Rock the Garden Evan Frost Bon Iver
    Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing at Rock the Garden 2017. (Evan Frost)
  • Laura Marling
    Laura Marling performing live in The Current studio in 2016. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Black Pumas at The Current's 15th Anniversary Party
    Black Pumas at The Current's 15th Anniversary Party at First Avenue on Jan. 18, 2020. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Bob Mould
    Bob Mould portrait at The Current. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Dessa PledgeHouse SXSW
    Dessa sings "Half of You" at Pledgehouse in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2018. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Billy Idol
    Billy Idol performing at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., in 2015. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Tegan and Sara at The Current
    Tegan and Sara portrait at The Current (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Charles Bradley 11
    Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio in 2016. (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
  • Courtney Barnett performs at Rock The Garden 2019
    Courtney Barnett performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric in The Current studio
    Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric perform in The Current studio. (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • A Prairie Home Companion Avett Brothers
    The Avett Brothers performing at the Fitzgerald Theater for Live From Here with Chris Thile. (Nate Ryan)
  • lizzo-at-the-current
    Lizzo portrait at The Current. (MPR Photo | Nate Ryan)