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It's old news that Eric Pollard had a growhouse full of marijuana plants the day he was intercepted by local law enforcement agents. That doesn't mean he is done talking about it. Without the five felony counts of selling marijuana — which he parlayed into probation rather than prison — there would be no Actual Wolf, the musician said in a recent phone interview. "I'd still be living in Duluth. I'd still be making a (ton) of money," he said, but, "the phoenix would not have had to rise from the ashes."
Go (Super) Big A Nashville-based R&B artist who was recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine for his Spotify-to-radio route, plays Saturday during the Red Herring Lounge's Super Big Block Party. R.Lum.R headlines the 10-act, family-friendly event that also includes a mix of local and metro-based acts like electro-folkster Ingeborg von Agassiz, Red House-newbie Actual Wolf, swirling retro Gramma's Boyfriend and the otherworldly Superior Siren.
Consider Robert Randolph the Pied Piper of Bayfront Blues Festival. The steel guitar player with a spot on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time took the stage with little fanfare — just a patriotic mashup of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" that drew a crowd of active dancers to the front of the stage on Friday night. This — at an annual festival where creativity with chair-markers earns big props.
Bayfront Blues Festival has an emotive newbie from New York with Dan Aykroyd's nod of approval, a band that was "tough enough" for Billboard charts in the 1980s, and a Serbia-raised blues rocker who, with her guitar, lands on all sorts of best-of lists. There is also a Blues Hall of Famer and an Iron Range-bred singer-songwriter with a storied career and an ease with a Dylan covers — not to mention an actor with an IMDB page longer than the longest, most soul-filled and blues-ian wail.
Bayfront gets the blues More than 30 acts — ranging from regional players to Billboard charters to a living-breathing actor you will recognize — will perform during the 29th annual Bayfront Blues Festival. The two-stage, three-day fest starts Friday at Bayfront Festival Park.
Blast from the past: Search returns for a reunion show. Search, a local cover band that took root in the early 1970s, will play a reunion show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Izzy's BBQ Lounge and Grill in Superior. The band — which included a horn section — featured seven musicians from Duluth Central and covered tunes by Chicago; Blood, Sweat and Tears; and Boz Scaggs. Search played high school dances in Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, on the Iron Range and more in addition to playing teen dance spots like St. James on Raleigh St.
OMC makes the BBQ bucket list OMC Smokehouse was the Minnesota pick in Southern Living magazine's Great American Barbeque Bucket List. The southern culture magazine recommended a platter of St. Louis-style ribs, smoked chicken and sliced beef brisket in a list that include 50 spots worthy of a road trip. "And don't pass up sips of craft beer from Bent Paddle Brewing ... as you feast atop their spacious patio," according to writer Perri Ormont Blumberg. Dubh Linn named top whiskey restaurant
Barbara Reyelts' final investigative assignment was a five-minute special report about refugees from the United States sneaking into Canada via a 3-mile stretch of field and prairie between Noyes, Minn., and Emerson, Manitoba. She was driven by the story of Mavis Otuteye, a woman from Ghana who died of exposure earlier this year while seemingly attempting this crossing. "Collapsing within site of the border," Reyelts said during a recent visit to KBJR, where she was working on final edits.
Britta Kauppila returned to her studio at the Armory Annex after a long Fourth of July weekend to find that someone had destroyed one of her windows. No one had entered. Nothing had been stolen. But the concrete was covered with broken glass, and there was a lone brick in the middle of it. The jewelry artist-metalsmith saw more than a seemingly random act of vandalism. The shards, she noticed, were pretty. "I started collecting some of the pieces," Kauppila said. "I wanted to create something beautiful out of that destruction.
An unsuspecting group of friends from the doughnut factory learns what happens when comet dust contaminates the product in Renegade Theater Company's original production "Subpar Heroes." A woman's spit turns into ice cubes. Another can see two seconds into the future. And another can pass along an urge to urinate by just mentioning she has to go. "The friends develop superhero powers that don't do anything cool," said Katy Helbacka, the company's executive director, who co-wrote the comedy with her husband, Andy Bennett.