A look at what’s coming up in 2019 for Twin Ports entertainment
Duluth has done a lot right. Most recently Tom Petty, but also Bob Dylan, the White Album and, for their 20th anniversary as a band, Low. Next up in the series that features local artists performing the music of other artists: Duluth Does Joni Mitchell. The lineup includes Arna Rennan, Breanne Tepler, Kate Isles, Kim Curtis-Monson, Lyz Jaakola, Maxi Childs and more performing work by the nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter.
Duluth Does Joni Mitchell is at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Sacred Heart Music Center.
You want to see the Duluthies metaphorically burn a hole in a ticket link? Announce that Maria Bamford will be performing. Arguably the favorite of all locally-bred artists got a second show in February to meet the demands of fans who quickly clicked up tickets for her first show. Bamford, for the uninitiated, is the comedian behind the Netflix original series "Lady Dynamite." She has been known to drop a D-Town reference or eight.
Speaking of funny: It hasn't been officially announced, but comedian Brian Posehn has a Duluth date on the tour schedule on his website, but there isn't yet — as of mid-afternoon Wednesday — a ticket link.
Maria Bamford performs Feb. 24-25 at the NorShor Theatre.
Country star Dierks Bentley brings his Burning Man Tour to AMSOIL Arena along with Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Nights. Bentley played in front of about 6,000 at Bayfront Festival Park — incidentally sometimes referred to as Bentleyville (no relation) — in 2014. That show was a ball cap-wearing, devil horns tossing night that featured a beer shotgunning contest and a tribute to the Troops.
Dierks Bentley plays at 7 p.m. March 8 at Amsoil Arena.
Pace yourselves, kiddies. It's the eight-day Homegrown Music Festival in which a lot — a lot — of local bands play at dozens of venues in Duluth and Superior. It's like very intense sample pack of music with roots in Duluth. Expect the gamut of sounds. Also visual arts, vids, pop-up shows and, oddly, a kickball game. Immerse oneself.
Homegrown Music Festival is April 28-May 5 at venues in Duluth and Superior.
Grab your smelt-wear. The annual fish-centric Run Smelt Run parade has become a rite of spring. Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe throws a heckuva party with all the silver, smelt mascots and smelt royalty parading on the Lakewalk and, in the end, the eating of the fried smelt at a nearby restaurant. The puppet makers will begin hosting workshops so parade-goers can have their own, original smelt art for the big day. Watch for that in April. This is Duluth being really Duluth-y.
Run Smelt Run, Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe's annual parade, is May 12.
Whether you're in it to win it or in it to troll runners by eating bacon on the sidelines, Grandma's Marathon is The June Thing. The race, a mainstay since the mid-1970s, starts near Two Harbors and ends in Canal Park and includes a buncha runners and associated events — including a spaghetti feast and a TBA music lineup at the tents.
Grandma's Marathon weekend is June 21-22 in Duluth.
By now, Summerheads, Bayfront Festival Park season should be in full swing. Hairball, Fourth Fest, Taste of Duluth, Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival and All Pints North are already penned into the venue's website for July. Trampled By Turtles has been known to play a show in the park 'bout this time of year — and they usually bring friends. Last year included Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel, Superior Siren and Teague Alexy Band. Nothing confirmed yet, though.
Duluth Superior Pride is a mix of events ranging from a mayor's reception to art shows to a parade and a big old bash at Bayfront Festival Park. Among the fan-faves is the annual production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" a rock-com about a transgender musician and her past. Alec Schroeder has starred as East German rocker Hedwig for the show that tends to play to sold out crowds at The Underground.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" plays Aug. 29-31 at The Underground.
Ah, fresh starts. The college students return. The arts season reboots. Orchestras rehearse, dancers dance, actors take to the stage. Hold on to your hats, fans.
Among Duluth's newest gets: The Independent Television Festival, an event that could bring reps from places like Netflix, HBO, Writers Guild of America and Bravo to town for workshops, networking, panels and talent-seeking purposes. Organizers have said that this has the potential to Sundance-ify Duluth — though "Sundance-ify" is our own word.
You might recall that this past year Duluth landed a spot on the New York Post's list of the 10 Best Christmas towns in America. And it all starts this month: Glensheen, with its trees and elves and white lights — and tacky yard display — was No. 2 on USA Today's Best Holiday Historic Home list, and Bentleyville Tour of Lights was third in the Best Holiday Lights Display category. And let's not forget that Christmas City of the North Parade, which kicks off the season.
An art-filled December is something you can bank on. Traditionally, the Duluth Playhouse throws a show filled with singing, dancing and great swirls of color. The Minnesota Ballet stages its traditional "Nutcracker." A Celtic Christmas might pop up, a Gingerbread City, and at least two Christmas villages. If Rachael Kilgour's in town, she will probably play holiday faves at Amazing Grace. The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra tends to close out the year with a Pops concert.