Duluth, the City of the North, is well known for its homegrown music scene with several national touring artists getting their start or making their home in this port city on Lake Superior. When you move North of North, there is mostly woods, and sky, and wilderness until you arrive in Lutsen where an entertainment outpost surrounded by millions of acres of Superior National Forest hosts live music 7 days a week in winter and more than 200 shows per year. DuLutsen is the confluence of this northern music scene with Duluth’s top artists converging on this outpost known as Papa Charlie’s in a weekend ski and music festival. What better way to celebrate North!
SUNDAY, MARCH 18 – 3:30-5:30pm – FREE – All Ages
Two Many Banjos
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 – 8:00pm – FREE – All Ages
DuLutsen Concert Tickets:
· Friday – $10 Advance | $14 Door
· Saturday – $10 Advance | $14 Door
· 2-Day Pass – $16 (Advance Only)
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
with Ryan Young & Erik Berry of Trampled By Turtles
Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy wrote their first songs together as young kids in the South Jersey bay town Somers Point. They devised a plan and quickly went to work, each penning their own original song and presenting them to one another. Years later, the Alexy brothers, better known as Minnesota-based troubadours Hobo Nephews Of Uncle Frank, use that same approach on their record American Shuffle. American Shuffle was produced by friend and collaborator Ryan Young of indie-bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles. American Shuffle is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Number One Contender (2013). “Timeless songwriting chops,” raved Star Tribune. “Easily, one of the best Minnesota-made albums of the year.”
Superior Siren – https://superiorsiren.com/
Superior Siren is an all-female eerie folk project created on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. The music vexes listeners with alluring vocals, haunting melodies, and mesmerizing blends of strings and percussion. Superior Siren is lead by singer-songwriter and guitarist Laura Sellner. Since her solo debut in 2012, the musician has continued to captivate audiences with songs of unfeigned honesty and heartfelt emotions. In 2015 Sellner joined forces with cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner to craft a dark and raw folk sound. The Superior Siren LP launches in January 2018.
Irish American (Teague Alexy & Erik Berry)
Irish American music with Teague Alexy (Hobo Nephews) and Erik Berry (Trampled By Turtles)
Haley – http://www.haleybonar.com/
Everybody wants a story. Something to sell. I’m here to tell you that there isn’t one with this album, at least in the traditional sense, but ten. Perhaps each of them contain more stories, sitting inside each other like nesting dolls. I could sit here and tell you that some of the songs are about growing up in the Black Hills. Some of the songs are about my parents. Some of the songs are about sexuality. Some of the songs are about loss of youth, teenage parenthood, the lines of social disorder for women, or the terror of jealousy and suspicion. But what I write is borne of my own set of memories and ideas, and once they are released into the world, they do not belong to me anymore. The interpretation is all yours, therefore these stories are yours. What I can tell you is this: My name is Haley Bonar (rhymes with “honor”). I’m 33 years old, a Taurus, and I live in Saint Paul, MN with my daughter Clementine. I also sing in a band called Gramma’s Boyfriend.
Alamode – https://
This pop and indie funk dance group germinated from talk on the sands of Park Point beach in Duluth MN. Guitarist Peter Knutson was on board for “something fresh, exciting and with a danceable groove” as drummer Rio Daugherty and bassist Alex Piazza dreamed next to Lake Superior in August of 2015. They added vocals from Nathan Holte and keyboard from Ned Netzel and got started under the band name PLAYDATE. When The Red Herring Lounge came calling in March 2016 looking for an opener for Aaron Carter, they only had 25 minutes of music. Knutson says the “steamy set was well received” by the female throng waiting to see their guilty pop pleasure in Carter. Unfortunately, after a year of making a name for themselves, band members received a cease and desist letter from another group called Playdate, and a rebranding was in order. In February the moniker Àlamode was chosen. After a year of recording, the band’s debut album “Swell” is set for release January 2018.
The Social Animals – https://
The Social Animals are an American rock band from Duluth, MN.
The band spent much of 2016-2017 playing a string of festivals including Firefly Music Festival, Summerfest, and Peach Festival. They began their summer of 2017 by touring extensively throughout the United States with notable acts The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional.
In 2015, the band was signed to Hard 8 Management Group by owner Rich Egan (Vagrant Records, Folsom Records). The band released their debut EP, Formative Years, in the summer of 2016. The EP includes a collection of songs from the early years of the formation of the band. In late 2016 and early 2017, they began recording their debut album with notable engineer Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies) in a combination of studios, including Modest Mouse’s Ice Cream Party Studios, where they were aided by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick), and Chris Carabba’s Deep Deep South. The band is currently based between Minneapolis, MN and Nashville, TN.
Two Many Banjos
An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.