Mark Nicklawske, For the News Tribune
The Aerial Lift Bridge was covered in fog and temperatures dropped nearly 20 degrees an hour before showtime but that didn't stop '90s hitmakers Sugar Ray from rocking through songs about sunshine, beaches and summertime parties Friday night. A crowd of about 500 marathon fans, most dressed in sweatshirts and jeans, cheered like they were preparing for a volleyball match in Malibu the next day instead of a 26-mile run along a frigid lake.
Classic rocker Pat Benatar was the second artist and first woman to have a video aired on the wildly popular 1980s cable network MTV, but she never performed for its “Unplugged” live concert series. So now the powerhouse singer is staging her own version of Unplugged in concert halls around the country.
Outlaw country poet and political pundit Steve Earle received a standing ovation just 10 songs into his sold-out performance at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth on
Movies, books and television shows tend to highlight two kinds of military stories: The heroic private saves a platoon in a midnight firefight or the wounded soldier returns home a broken soul. But there is much more to life in uniform. Just ask anyone who has served.
In the year 2073, the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival has taken over the universe with thousands of bands playing every night almost year round. And the Homegrown Chicken will be a candidate for the Minnesota state bird.
Two songs into their Friday night Homegrown set, The Latelys keyboard player C.J. Hanson stopped the show. "I have an announcement to make," he told the 200 or so people jammed into the Rex Bar at Fitger's. "There's music like this in the Twin Ports all year. We're out here all the time." He's right, of course, great music can be heard every weekend in Duluth and Superior. But while some music fans rock and/or roll all year, a large amount of others jam their music adventures into just one night of Homegrown.
Only Jim Gaffigan can make cannibalism funny. The man who used jokes about Hot Pocket gluttony to become one of America's most well-known stand-up comedians is now riffing on history: Columbus, the Roman Empire, the Alamo and aboriginal tribes of New Zealand ... you know, the island natives that used to eat each other. It always comes down to food with this guy.
Classic rock doesn't have to be face-melting guitar, booming bass and five-minute drum solos. There might be something sophisticated, complicated and, well, classical in the KQDS playlist, right? A new-look Foreigner plowed its heavy rock catalog head-on into an 18-piece orchestra for nearly two hours Wednesday night at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Symphony Hall. The show, one of just nine stops in the United States, turned out to be a unique and highly entertaining night of music for the nearly sold out crowd. Call the show a rockestra.
Troy Maxson was a larger-than-life former baseball star who wanted to break the Big League color barrier, but the timing wasn’t right. Instead, he settles for a family and becoming the first black garbage truck driver in Pittsburgh. While Maxon could hit a fastball better than raise two sons or stay faithful to his wife, he manages to instill pride, hope and hard work in the people who walk through his backyard gates.
It’s amazing how a small auxiliary stage at the back of a dark arena can turn another well choreographed but routine big-time county show into something special. Seven songs into its 90-minute performance, Nashville hit-makers Little Big Town abandoned the big stage and its four-piece band and paraded through the audience to a round, rotating stage at the north end of Amsoil Arena. The move turned the show like a Jet Ski dodging a heavy wake.