We all, including TBT, get lonely
Trampled By Turtles’ response to quarantine — its six members performing “We All Get Lonely” alone but together.
Last week, the band posted the video to social media: Banjo Dave playing banjo on a deck, Dave Simonett in bib overalls, Eamonn McLain in a Twins’ cap, Tim Saxhaug, Erik Berry and Ryan Young with domestic backdrops. The song, from “Life is Good on the Open Road” has at its center a chorus about how we all get lonely, but we make it through. It’s pretty, it’s timely, it’s all levels of charming. It’s available for streaming on Trampled By Turtles’ YouTube channel.
What Margie likes from Homegrown
The Homegrown Music Festival that never happened would have ended on Sunday — but it lives on in Margie Nelson’s mixtape. Every year, a Homegrown head curates its own special mix of songs by past players. KUMD’s Christine Dean has done it, so have former mayor Don Ness, longtime musician Jim Hall and fiddling favorite Gaelynn Lea. Nelson’s mix (she was president of the nonprofit's board for a while) is an incredibly well-rounded pick of faves ranging from Portage with Sarah Krueger to Ingeborg von Agassiz to Acceleratii to Rick McLean. It’s available for download on the festival’s Bandcamp page.
A birthday, sans Superstar
Typically, Bent Paddle celebrates its birthday with a yard full of fun, games, live music and, of course, beer. This year, Festiversary was canceled before it even had the chance to drop its hot news: The headliner was to be Har Mar Superstar in a lineup that included Pert Near Sandstone, Mae Simpson, Boxcar and more. Take this info and celebrate the Lincoln Park brewery in your own special arrangement of croquet, drinks and eccentric musicians. I mean, it's still their birthday.
The Duluth Playhouse was scheduled to open its production of “The Mousetrap” this week — a whodunnit based on a novel by Agatha Christie. This show has a storied history. It’s on a 60-plus-year run in London (minus the current timeout for COVID-19) where its audiences are asked to not reveal the identity of the killer — which has seemingly been a successful way to keep a secret. (Though, the New York Times reported 10 years ago that Wikipedia drops the detail in its plot summary section). Still.
The show is about people trapped together in a house — and one of them is a murderer — during a storm. Pay homage to the postponed production with a screening of last year’s buzzworthy whodunnit “Knives Out,” which is available for purchase on streaming services like Amazon and YouTube.
Catch up on 'Take it With You'
“Take It With You,” a locally made fictional podcast, has added its final two episodes of last season for your streaming pleasure. The show created by Blake Thomas, Mary Fox and friends, which won the Outstanding Podcast award during Catalyst last year, has unpredictable storylines, original music and foley art for days.
It was scheduled to begin its new season last week, but. Catch last season (or any season, really) of “Take It With You” wherever you stream podcasts.
Bring Symphony Hall to your couch
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra had its season cut short, but teammate WDSE-WRPT will rebroadcast previous performances on Friday nights in May. First up: “Toward the Heavens,” a concert from April 2019 with a program that includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s “The Hymn of Praise.” Concerts play at 9 p.m. Fridays in May on PBS North. The rest of the schedule: “Sailing North” (Leonard Bernstein, soniChroma by UMD’s Gene Koshinkski, Sibelius) from Oct. 2018; “Reformation” (Mendelssohn, Brahms) from November 2017; “Mahler Resurrection Symphony” (Mahler) from April 2017.