Shake off the doldrums with these music-makersYou like music? We’ve got music in spades. You can barely swing a ukulele on Superior Street without nailing a musician.
By: Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune
You like music? We’ve got music in spades. You can barely swing a ukulele on Superior Street without nailing a musician.
Consider that the annual eight-day Homegrown Music Festival — held the first week of May — features more than 150 local and original bands playing at venues around the Twin Ports. It’s never too early to prepare for the sensory overload.
One of the best ways to stay abreast of the scene is to tune in to DJ Walt Dizzo’s radio show Thursday nights. He slips plenty of local music and in-studio interviews with the music-makers into the three-hour program on 91.3 FM KUWS. He also spins tracks from the wider world, so you will also know what is going on outside of this particular music bubble.
Here is a local music primer from DJ Walt Dizzo in his own words:
Barefoot and bonfires
These artists are best enjoyed as you discover that in order to enjoy a banjo and acoustic guitar, you don’t need to be drinking moonshine:
Charlie Parr, Too Many Banjos, Old Knifey, Three Song Sunday, Russian Bride
These are groups most likely to attend and/or randomly play at the next house party you visit:
Aaron Gall & the Likely Story, the Crunch Bunch, the American Rebels, Hard Feelings/Indulge/or any Mike Wilson-associated punk rock project
The rock 'n' roll royalty
These performers have been playing the Ports and touring since you were in elementary school. Super-talented and continual fan favorites for a reason: Manheat, the Acceleratii, Cars & Trucks, the Tisdales, the Keepaways
One night only
Don’t sleep on your chance to see these bands in action, as their local shows are becoming rare but are always something special:
Fred Tyson, Low, Crew Jones, Bratwurst, the Boomchucks
Remember to check out touring bands. Many awesome future national acts get their start by playing places like Duluth and Superior. Give these bands some attention and help make this a welcoming music community.