New Bue for you
Honorary Duluthian Mary Bue is a few weeks from releasing her latest album, “The World is Your Lover.” There will be a live-streamed concert on Aug. 22 on Sacred Heart Music Center’s YouTube and Facebook page — but until then, you can wrap yourself in her new video, “Sh** Storm.”
This dusty western throwback opens with a crash of guitars and is set in an uncertain present-racing-toward-future. Bue imagines a burned out world where the earth starts cracking, bones start snapping and walls come crashing down. And, because she’s still got some Duluth DNA in there, a local reference: Lake Superior’s new name is the Superior Desert.
Mary Bue’s “Sh** Storm” video is available on YouTube.
Get social with Social Animals
Dedric Clark of Social Animals says if you’re not angry right now, you’re not listening. The Cloquet-raised singer-songwriter’s new single, “Something to Keep Me Awake,” was released a couple weeks ago — the latest from the band’s EP “Best Years.” Clark says in a news release about the single: “We need to sit with our situation, and find out what really matters to us and how we can help.” The band also announced that it will do a 14-hour livestream that captures their songwriting process, answer Q's, chat with fans and, according to the release, potentially even play Nintendo. They are pairing with the Ginsberg Estate to turn Allen Ginsberg's "Falling Asleep in America" into a full-length song. The length of the streaming sesh is a nod to the length of Clark’s drive when he recently relocated to Nashville.
Social Animal's 14-hour livestream starts at 11 a.m. July 31 on its Facebook page. Proceeds go to HeadCount, an organization that helps register voters.
DSS-Oh, heck yeah
If you’ve been missing the sweet sounds of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, some of its musicians have been gathering in the open air as part of a collaboration between the Great Lakes Aquarium and Earth Rider Brewery. These free Thursday night events in a makeshift beer garden include food vendors ranging from Uffdah Kombucha to Log Home Wood Fired Pizza. Events start at 5 p.m. Masks required.
Lyla Abukhodair plays Cedar Lounge
Lyla Abukhodair, whose most recent project was the big, fun-time, singalong indie folk band Norshore Summit, is in the midst of a residency at Cedar Lounge in Superior. The Duluthian, who also writes and plays guitar, has a from-the-roots voice, and the Cedar Lounge has a space that makes it easy to distance yourself from your fellow music fans. Abukhodair is in the process of working on a solo album.
Lyla Abukhodair plays from 5-8 p.m. July 29 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third St., Superior
Just when you thought it was safe to go into a theater … cue the “Jaws” theme. The 1975 movie about a wild Fourth of July weekend in a small and sharky town plays July 29 at West Theater. The first victim is a skinny-dipper who disappears in the surf, then reappears in pieces on the shore. Mayor Vaughn won’t warn the tourists because of the cash flow, but when more beach-goers are dismantled, he sends out a crew to kill the shark. But even that isn’t good enough.
“Jaws” plays at 9 p.m. July 29 at West Theater, 319 N. Central Ave.
Get on the grounds of the ’Sheen
In recent years, Glensheen has offered music from the pier to your ears on Wednesday nights. These shows have drawn kayakers, paddleboarders, Lake Superior swimmers and/or waders, lawnchair enthusiasts and a lot of times the concert ends with a musician or six leaping from perch into the water. Yow. This year, it’s only kind of different. There is still music — this week by Sonja Bjordal of Feeding Leroy, food trucks (K&B Grilled Cheese), drinks and sweet, sweet music. But the space is limited to 250 people, socially distancing is in effect, plus bonfires, sunsets, etc. Follow Glensheen on Facebook for more information.
Glensheen grounds are open from 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays.