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Peter Geye has always felt like a trespasser, he said. He is a Minneapolis-based fiction writer who sets his award-winning novels in Northeastern Minnesota. It's an obvious landscape for him — this is his favorite area — but there is always this deep-down worry, he said: Did he get it right? Cut to 2010 when his debut, "Safe from the Sea," won the the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in the fiction category. It's the story of a son and his estranged father who survived the wreck of an ore boat but is now slowly dying.
SATURDAY, MAY 19 Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 6-8 p.m. What: William Pagel Archives: Bob Dylan Exhibit opening reception and John Bushey Memorial Lecture with David Pichaske, author of "Song of the North Country: A Midwest Framework to the Songs of Bob Dylan," free.
Actual Wolf returns After playing more shows during Homegrown Music Festival than should be humanly possible, Actual Wolf returns for another. The smooth-voiced alt-country-rock band featuring Eric Pollard plays Wednesday with Andy Cook at Red Herring Lounge. Pollard played Rex Bar during the fest — in addition to daily pickup shows at Duluth Coffee Co. Actual Wolf released "Faded Days" last summer, a mix that includes dreamy nostalgia, Allman-flavored moments and a cover of Haley's "Hometown."
Honestly, back in the day, Skye was more into the Beatles. She was a bit too young for the Bob Dylan movement, though she recalled he was in the background of everything. You couldn't miss him, the Door County, Wisconsin-based artist said in a phone interview. "His music was all over the radio," she said. "I used to play guitar, and I remember singing 'Blowing in the Wind.' That's a classic, standard kind of thing."
A west coast indie band that emerged in the mid-1990s will play a show at Symphony Hall in late summer. Modest Mouse, best known for the song “Float On,” plays at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Tickets start at $39.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the DECC box office, ticketmaster.com of by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Earth Rider Brewery's North Tower Stout won a bronze award in the oatmeal stout category at the 2018 World Beer Cup held earlier this month at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. The ale, described as having "malty accents of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit, balanced with a restrained hop presence," was selected by an international panel of 295 beer judges. There were 101 categories, 8,234 entries from 2,515 breweries in 66 countries, and it's billed as the Olympics of Beer. It has been held biennially since 1996. Earth Rider is a Superior-based brewery.
He's an internationally respected nature photographer who spent more than two years covering the St. Croix River area for his latest limited edition collection. She's a documentarian and host with an eye for the regional creative community, whose work appears on public television. Both have been selected for top honors by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council — which covers seven counties in northern Minnesota.
Caroline Smith returns to Red Herring Caroline Smith, a Minneapolis-gone-LA sassy singer-songwriter with a big, gorgeous '90s R&B sound, returns to Duluth for a show Wednesday at Red Herring Lounge. Smith's last album, "Half About Being a Woman" is about five years, but social media posts from last summer show her in the studio. Among her bigger hits: "Let 'em Say," an anthem for women with the line "Don't want to think like a man or look like a model / I want look like my mama / Five foot two and a natural woman."
What happens today: This thing ends. For ease of movement, the final three bands — Battersea (1:30 p.m.), the Lowland Lakers (2:30 p.m.), Teague Alexy Band (3:30 p.m.) — play at Canal Park Brewing. Homegrown Music Video Festival gets its second encore at 2 p.m. at Red Herring Lounge. Something to see: Teague Alexy Band. The 20th anniversary of the music festival's final act is a true-blue local blues-y folk act. Alexy's most recent album is "Circuit Sessions," released in 2017.
What happens today: This is it, festers. The last big night of the 20th annual Homegrown Music Festival. More than 50 acts will perform at venues extending from Beaner's Central to Rex Bar. The lineup, per usual, is ecceletic: The dark-dark duo of Alan Sparhawk and Gaelynn Lea perform as a A Murder of Crows (8:15 p.m. Teatro Zuccone); first the belly-dancers from Tribal Alchemie, with percussion from Yobobo African Drum Group, and then the fire dancers from Spin Collective descend on Minnesota Power Plaza (7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., respectively).