In the air over there
Duluth’s Fourth of July fireworks display is on pause until Labor Day, but the show will go on in the always-edgier Superior.
The ‘works start at 10 p.m. and will be launched from the Richard I. Bong Airport. Fourth festers are asked to stay in cars — some nearby businesses, like Aldi, Applebees, the Head of the Lakes Fairground, are offering up lot space for the night — or mask-up and stay distanced from other people. The show will synch up with tunes on KOOL 101.7-FM.
Superior fireworks display is at 10 p.m. Saturday from the Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior. Free, open to the public.
Take your shot (at seeing 'Hamilton')
While the regularly scheduled Fourth of July celebration at Bayfront Festival Park is canceled this year, pandemic and all, you can get some America, “Hamilton”-style, starting Friday when Disney Plus offers a filmed version of the Broadway production for streaming.
This offers theater touches — like writer Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role, a short intermission and audience applause — from the comfort of your own iPad.
“Hamilton,” lest you’ve been busy, is a musical about the founding fathers, with an eye toward Alexander Hamilton, (“I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy and hungry.” In the five years since it first landed on Broadway, the show has gotten tons of critical love, and its tickets are hot.
A New York Times reviewer, when it opened at Richard Rodgers Theater, opened his critique with: “Yes, it really is that good.”
“Hamilton” drops on Disney Plus ($6.99/month) at 2 a.m. July 3.
Parr in the park
Fourth of July Eve, one of the unsung holidays, is a chance to cut loose in a way that will complement a diet of hot dogs, watermelon, potato salad and sparkler blisters. Charlie Parr's residency at Cedar Lounge happens to fall on this special day. The local folk singer, perfectly paired with dancing barefoot in the grass, plays an outdoor show on the festival grounds adjacent to the brewery and taproom. Bring a blanket. The Rambler food truck will be on hand.
Parr has this residency on Fridays through July.
Charlie Parr plays 5-8 p.m. at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third Ave., Superior. Free, open to the public.
Northern Lights Music Festival opens with outdoor concerts this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July. The first concert is at 4 p.m. Saturday at Olcott Park, and the next one is at 4 p.m. July 5 at Chisholm’s Discovery Park Amphitheater. Both concerts feature the NLMF Orchestra conducted by Gavriel Heine and a program that includes Gershwin’s “American in Paris,” Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” Sousa marches and arias performed by the cast of the festival’s production of “Tosca.”
Concerts are at 4 p.m. July 4 in Virginia, July 5 in Chisholm. Free, open to the public. Donations will be accepted. Wear masks, socially distance.
Old friends, new sound
Old friends, new project. Black-eyed Snakes members Alan Sparhawk (Low) and Brad Nelson (Father Hennepin) have joined up for the reggae-roots project Night Nurses. The guitar-drums duo is playing a set on Tuesdays at Cedar Lounge on the adjacent festival grounds. It’s billed as “the White Stripes of reggae, mon.”
Meanwhile, the venue is keeping a steady stream of food trucks on hand. For this show: K&B Grilled Cheese. Also, King J-Lar follows.
Night Nurses plays at 5-6 p.m. July 7 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third Ave., Superior. Free, all ages. Dogs welcome.