Dust off your calendar; the New Power Generation is booked

A few years ago, Morris Hayes got a few of his old New Power Generation friends together to perform a Prince tribute concert, then they just kept going — during the Super Bowl, in Australia and Europe.

New Power Generation is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Earth Rider Brewery Fest Grounds in Superior.

Morris Hayes (from left), Mackenzie Green and Levi Seacer, members of the New Power Generation. (File / News Tribune)
Morris Hayes (from left), Mackenzie Green and Levi Seacer, members of the New Power Generation. (File / News Tribune)

The group, with some of the original members who backed the late Minnesota great, is now fronted by the fan-approved MacKenzie.

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The young singer didn’t grow up listening to Prince — he told the News Tribune in 2018 that he was raised on the music of his Southern Baptist Church. But when he came around to the artist in college, it resonated hard. He was shaken by the artist’s death.

“I wasn’t able to listen to his music for a year after that,” MacKenzie told the News Tribune. He would walk out of stores where his music was playing and threaten to get out of cars if it wasn’t turned off.

New Power Generation concert is at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Earth Rider Brewery Fest Grounds in Superior. Tickets start at $19.99 and are available at 10 a.m. May 15 at jadepresents.com, etix.com or the Cedar Lounge Taproom.

Henry Banks (File / News Tribune)
Henry Banks (File / News Tribune)

‘Alabama 35’ doc to air on ‘Simply Superior’

Wisconsin Public Radio show “Simply Superior” will air a documentary about the trip nearly three dozen Twin Ports residents took in 2018 to the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. The airing is tied to the 100th anniversary of the lynchings of three black circus workers in Duluth — though the main event for this year’s remembrance has been postponed until next year.

“The Alabama 35,” produced by Robin Washington and Henry Banks — and narrated by Banks — documents the 1,200-mile bus trip. The documentary was a finalist in the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards.

“Alabama 35” airs at 10 a.m. on WPR stations 91.3-FM KUWS in Superior and 90.9 in Ashland. The show’s archives are available at wpr.org/programs.simply-superior.

Dirk Meyer and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. (File / News Tribune)
Dirk Meyer and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. (File / News Tribune)

DSSO all day, every day

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra has collected a bunch of its content — full-scale concerts, solo living room shows by the group’s artists, informational discussions by director Dirk Meyer — into a one-stop shop. DSSO On-Demand is available on its website, dsso.com.

Trampled By Turtles performs ‘Winners’

Trampled By Turtles recorded another socially distanced song: “Winners.” This is one of the band’s songs celebrating Duluth — the words “Pretty little city built on a hillside” — always gets the biggest cheers at a Bayfront Festival Park in less pandemic-y times. Once again, each member performed from a home space — but together online. It’s warm, it’s charming, it’s fun to see who turns off the camera last.

Before this, the band released “We All Get Lonely.”

Dessa gets big backing

Speaking of artists joining internet-linked forces — Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra (who are already fast friends) — performed a together-but-apart version of her song “Skeleton Key” during a Twin Cities telethon. The video highlights the singer in addition to clips of the 30 members of the orchestra — and a toddler — who were part of the performance. The result is a combination of goosebumps and exclamation points.

Lake Superior Youth Chorus (lsyouthchorus.org)
Lake Superior Youth Chorus (lsyouthchorus.org)

Youth Chorus concert goes online

Lake Superior Youth Chorus has taken its season finale to the internet. The group features musicians in grades 3-10 who will perform for its Sunset Serenade “I Sing of the Northland,” a piece written for the 2015-16 season by composer Eric Barnum. For this virtual concert, the musicians recorded vocal tracks and videos of themselves doing the sorts of things described in the song.

Lake Superior Youth Chorus’ Sunset Serenade is at 7 p.m. May 17. Order tickets at lsyouthchorus.org.