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In the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, Payton MacDonald kneeled in the dirt with a log to his left, large rocks in front of him, mallets in hand and a bicycle behind him. He performed "A Peace from the Action," by Travis Salim, with just percussion and a series of vocalized "ahhhs."
From Nashville to Bayfront Chase Rice, a Nashville-based country star whose second studio album, "Lambs & Lions," was released in 2017, plays today at Bayfront Festival Park. Cody Johnson and Abby Anderson opens. Rice's "Ignite the Night" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and he had two top five hits with "Ready Set Roll" and "Gonna Wait Tonight."
Get a Taste of Duluth ... Taste of Duluth isn't just food — though it does have a large sampling of local food and drink vendors — it also includes local retailers, politicians, live music and nonprofits. The annual event is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. Admission is free. No outside food or drinks allowed.
Codeine, codeine, it's the nicest thing you've ... heard. In an informal poll of strangers, friends, colleagues and Twitter-heads, it's a song from Trampled By Turtles' 2005 album "Blue Sky and the Devil" that is seemingly fans' top pick. It's not just Ryan Nelson's favorite — it's the first Trampled song he ever heard.
It happened again the other day. Here it is, more than two years after Prince died, and members of the New Power Generation broke down while playing "Purple Rain" during rehearsal. "We were all crying at the end," said Levi Seacer, a musician who was part of Prince's inner circle for decades. "We all thought we were over that part of it." "Nobody said anything," added keyboard player Morris Hayes. "We've played that song more times than we can count. Some days it's just cool and some days it catches you — that dude is gone."
Trampled and friends return to Bayfront. Trampled By Turtles returns to headline a show at Bayfront Festival Park alongside other Minnesota-friendly acts, including Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel, Superior Siren and Teague Alexy Band. Trampled By Turtles, which recently released "Life is Good on the Open Road," has traditionally played a midsummer show at the park and has known to out-sell even Bob Dylan. True story.
The Aerial Lift Bridge, when seen from directly above, is an intimidating structure. The usual ground-view doesn't adequately show off its height and mass and the way it is put together, according to Whitney Horky, who has looked down from the seat of her paramotor to see the bridge directly beneath her dangling feet. (Though, when flying, Horky refers to her feet as "landing gear.") "It's incredible how humans on earth get used to a certain view," she said.
"Gods of Perdition," a new horror film by Brooklyn-based Alazmat Films, is the story of a young girl who fears being alienated from her father after her parents' divorce. It's a justifiable fear: A demonic clawed and amply-toothed creature has come to fill the void. The movie, directed by Alberto Martinez, will not be playing at this year's Free Range Film Festival.
Sunburn pranks, yolk meals and more at Free Range Film Festival Free Range Film Festival has — among its 20-something picks — a sunburn prank gone way, way wrong, a 10-year-old girl looking for a sparring partner so she can box her way into the 2024 Olympic Games, and a chicken bent on eating its own egg. The 15th annual three session fest, famously set in a 100-plus-year-old bar in Wrenshall, has a mix of animation, documentary, feature-length flicks and at least cat-themed music video that considers modern political issues.
Hippo Campus and Lissie will both play as part of Super Big Block Party, a summer's-end outdoor multi-band fest near the Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. The all-ages, daylong show is Sept. 8. Tickets start at $15 for a limited number of early-bird passes. Go to superbigblockparty.com.