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."

A writer for Rolling Stone magazine said his most recent album sounds like the work of someone who spent "ample time studying the dramatic wiles of Metallica: There are strings, horns and a chanting children's choir. Haunting, disarming, thought provoking and a little weird, it's not for everyone - and at this point in Rice's life, he's fine with that."

Abby Anderson has been named one of CMT's Next Women of Country for 2018. Cody Johnson's most recent album, "Gotta Be Me," is billed as having solid country instrumentation and winsome melodies.

Chase Rice and Abby Anderson play at 6 p.m. July 12 at Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Dr. Tickets: $35 day of show. Available at

Makin' music

Harold Hill comes to town with a con: He squeezes River City, Iowa, parents for money to pay for band uniforms and instruments. The rub - he doesn't know anything about music in the Duluth Playhouse's summer musical production of "The Music Man."

Before Harold (played by Shad Olsen) can make a break with the cash, he meets Marion Paroo, the local librarian (played by Ali Littrell Finstrom).

The play is directed by Tony Award-nominated actor/singer Melissa Hart, who has performed in Broadway productions such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Apple Tree," "Cabaret" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel." She's located in the Twin Cities area and teaches actors, singers and dancers.

Duluth Playhouse's "The Music Man" is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through July 28 and at 2 p.m. July 22 and July 29 at NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: Start at $35 adults, $25 students at

'Sassy, salty, sweet' at Red Herring Lounge

A regional favorite with a big jazz, retro-styled band - and its own brass section - returns for a show at The Red Herring Lounge.

Davina and the Vagabonds, which has spent the summer so far touring to fests all over the place, plays today at the Red Herring Lounge.

NPR said of the Minneapolis-based group: "Davina (Lozier's) classically trained right fingers shimmy down the piano keys and meet up with an insistent boogie-woogie bass. Then she reveals her other musical talent: a sassy, salty, sweet voice that's childlike at the top, husky at the bottom."

Davina and the Vagabonds plays at 8:30 p.m. July 12 at the Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: Start at $12 at

'Take it' to the NorShor

"Take it With You" is moving. The popular podcast, set in a fictionalized version of Duluth, will still be set in the world of a bunch of friends who originally met at certain chaos-breeding bar. But, IRL, it has outgrown its longtime spot at The Underground.

The upcoming episode, "Boxing: the American Dream and Whatnot," will be the casts first at the Norshor Theatre. This episode said to be set in Boston and loosely based on the acting of Mark Walhberg.

"Take it With You" is at 7:30 p.m. July 17 at the NorShor Theatre, 211 E. Superior St. Tickets: $24 at

DAI hosts multi-multimedia exhibitions

This is about as multimedia as it gets: Payton MacDonald rode his mountain bike along the Continental Divide and played music commissioned by 30 composers - using just the found-in-nature instruments - and created the "Sonic Divide." Additionally, Duluth artist Kenneth D. Johnson created four paintings based on photos from four states the cyclist-musician traveled through.

The work is part of an opening reception that also includes Jonathan Thunder's "Suspension of Disbelief," described as a mix of animated canvases and sound and Chholing Taha's exhibition "Every Spirit Tells a Story," a collection of Native imagery to express contemporary issues and indigenous stories.

Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. July 12 at the Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

Let's dance!

Stumble upon it or, better yet, go on purpose: A mix of professional dances and composers use Lake Place Park as a stage for a variety of dance styles and stories. The annual Dances on the Lakewalk features local artists: Alex Loch, Erin Tope, Erin and Nikolaus Wourms, Doris Ressl and Naomi Christenson - in addition to guest artists, including choreographer Zantino Bustos from Los Angeles.

Dances on the Lakewalk - A Festival of Dance is at 7 p.m. July 13 and July 14 at Lake Place Park, N. Second Ave. E and E. Michigan St. Tickets: Free, open to the public.