Tribute Fest is an annual multi-day festival featuring bands channeling other bands. The benefit for homeless veterans runs today through Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. 2017 file/ News Tribune
Tribute Fest is an annual multi-day festival featuring bands channeling other bands. The benefit for homeless veterans runs today through Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. 2017 file/ News Tribune


Sounds like … Led Zeppelin

More than 20 acts will channel bands like Van Halen, Talking Heads, Johnny Cash and Alanis Morisette during the annual Tribute Fest — a benefit for homeless veterans held annually at Bayfront Festival Park. The fest starts today with sports-radio guy-slash-country frontman Chris Hawkey and runs through Saturday night, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band.

The three-day festival has two stages and an eclectic mix of featured sounds: Cheap Trick, System of a Down, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors.

Tribute Fest is Aug. 22-24 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets: Range from $20-$80 and are available at Wussow’s Concert Cafe, Electric Fetus or at thetributefest.com.

Schedule

Today

Gates open at 3 p.m.

4 p.m.: Church of Cash

6 p.m.: Shalo Lee Band

8 p.m.: Chris Hawkey

Friday

Gates open at 2 p.m.

Main stage

3 p.m.: Lynyrd Skynyrd

5 p.m.: The Doors

7 p.m.: Rob Zombie

9 p.m.: Guns N’ Roses

Second stage

Cheap Trick

Alanis Morisette

Born Too Late

Saturday

Gates open at 11 a.m.

Main stage

11:30 a.m.: Eagles

12:30 p.m.: Stevie Ray Vaughn

2 p.m.: Led Zeppelin

2:30 p.m.: Aerosmith

3:30 p.m.: Van Halen

4 p.m.: AC/DC

5 p.m.: Fleetwood Mac

7 p.m.: Motley Crue

9 p.m.: Bruce Springsteen

Second stage

Cheap Trick

Traveling Wilburys

Talking Heads

System of a Down

Big Wave Dave and the Ripples play as Spurs on  First's Summer Block Party. 2015 file/ News Tribune
Big Wave Dave and the Ripples play as Spurs on First's Summer Block Party. 2015 file/ News Tribune

Spurred on

Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, Nudecolors and the Crunchy Bunch will play during Spurs on First’s Summer Block Party. Big Wave Dave, etc., is a well-dressed funk-soul band with many, many players and a high-energy frontman, Nudecolors is a pop-rock band that should write the soundtrack to your life story. The Crunchy Bunch is longtime local DJ collective.

Also: food trucks, energy drinks, skateboarders.

Spurs’ Summer Block Party is at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Spurs on First, 109 W. First St. Tickets: $5

Dean Miller of Duluth plays music during a dance party at Blush in 2017. File / News Tribune
Dean Miller of Duluth plays music during a dance party at Blush in 2017. File / News Tribune

Get blushed

Blush is celebrating its second anniversary with three nights of music, including multi-instrumentalist Dosh, Rick McLean’s funny punk, alt-rock band Mint Vintage, DJ Walt Dizzo, Jaw Knee Vee and Gender Confetti.

Blush Fest is Aug. 22-24 at Blush, 18 N. First Ave. W. Tickets: Available at eventbrite.com.

Rich Mattson (Photo by David Ballard Photography)
Rich Mattson (Photo by David Ballard Photography)

Cosmic folk’ed

Rich Mattson & the Northstars play as part of this week’s Music in the HART series. The group originally formed as a best-of-the-best of St. Louis County — but has changed lineups over the year. Like, sometimes Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles has been in the band. Sometimes he isn’t. But Mattson, a real rock ‘n’ roller is, along with Germaine Gemberling, who went from the Twin Cities’ punk band SMUT to northern Minnesota and an acoustic guitar. Rich Mattson & The North Stars bills itself as “cosmic folk.”

Rich Mattson & The Northstars play 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Gitchi-Ode A’King. Free, open to the public

On the road

“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” is a 1994 film about Bernadette, a transgender woman, and two drag queens who are a well-known traveling stage act. (Think glitz and lip-synching.) Bernadette is tiring of the scene, but agrees to travel with Mitzi and Felicia into the outback in a lavender bus. Adventures ensue. Zinema 2’s Midnight Movies at 7 is featuring the movie as a lead-in to Duluth Superior Pride.

“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: zeitgeistarts.com.

Andrew Kirov's "Twin Ports Tonight" get back-to-back shows at Teatro Zuccone. 2016 file/News Tribune
Andrew Kirov's "Twin Ports Tonight" get back-to-back shows at Teatro Zuccone. 2016 file/News Tribune

On-air talent

Andrew Kirov returns with his hyper-local talk-variety show, which is performed, and recorded by WDSE-WRPT, in front of an audience. “Twin Ports Tonight” will have two episodes Tuesday and two on Wednesday at Teatro Zuccone. The first night features guests from Lake Superior Zoo and Catalyst Content Festival, the second night is TBA.

The show is hosted by Kirov, who is as talk show host-y as it gets, and his sidekick Stephen Wyeth, who is as sidekick-y as it gets. Also: music, comedy sketches and interviews.

“Twin Ports Tonight” is 7-9 p.m. Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 a night