Streaming Parr(ty)

Charlie Parr has been among the best of the best local musicians at making the whole world wide web feel like a little corner where a favorite artist is playing a cozy concert. Remember that early streamed quarantine show, March 25, at Duluth Cider? (Shakes head nostalgically.) It remains one of the top 1 hour, 38 minutes of music created in the past year.

Charlie Parr (2014 file/ News Tribune)
Charlie Parr (2014 file/ News Tribune)

This time Parr is playing in front of no one at Sacred Heart Music Center — a venue that, like so many, has struggled during the pandemic. Not only did it have to cancel live performances, but it became a target for break-ins this past summer. (They have an ongoing Go Fund Me.)

The venue’s keepers are promising a show with Parr singing the blues in front of a crooked plastic Christmas tree, according to the Facebook event.

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Charlie Parr plays a live-streamed show 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on the venue’s YouTube channel.

Shad Olsen (2014 file / News Tribune)
Shad Olsen (2014 file / News Tribune)

Seasonal songs from a quiet stage

With “Songs of the Season,” the Duluth Playhouse is offering a streamable concert with some of Duluth’s favorite voices: Carolyn LePine, Gabriel Mayfield, Shad Olsen and Christina Stroup directed by Phillip Fazio and Andy Kust.

Expect holiday faves like “Silent Night,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “All I Want for Christmas is You” and inspirational tales.

This show premieres at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 on the Playhouse’s YouTube channel and will be available for streaming through Jan. 3. Donations accepted via duluthplayhouse.org.

Heiko Edwardson has taken the Rock 'n' Roll Kamikaze online (Photo used with permission from Edwardson)
Heiko Edwardson has taken the Rock 'n' Roll Kamikaze online (Photo used with permission from Edwardson)

Kamikaze moods

The annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Kamikaze has been an anything-could-happen event in which musicians were randomly teamed and offered a song to perform by creator Heiko Edwardson. Typically a band would rehearse a few times, then trot it out for public consumption.

This year, Edwardson is taking it online. He’s put out feelers to solo performers and groups that are cohabitating in a bubble. He’s again tossed out songs to the contenders — ranging from “The Lonely Bull” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass to “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour and is now waiting on submissions.

Tune in to see what happens.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Kamikaze 18 goes online at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and will be available for streaming on the Kamikaze YouTube channel.

Carolee Carmello is a Duluth meter maid in a virtual musical created by artists with Broadway cred. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Carolee Carmello is a Duluth meter maid in a virtual musical created by artists with Broadway cred. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Duluth, with feeling

Here we go again: A bunch of Broadway-level creatives have made a pandemic murder mystery available for purchase on demand and have used Duluth as the setting.

The premise: Varthur McArthur, artistic director at the head of a failing community theater company, throws a dinner party with fellow artists, who each have reasons to off him, to consider a piece of new work. “Circus Steamboat Murder — Death on the High Seas Trapeze” is an immersive murder dinner party.

He doesn’t last the night.

More than 40 artists — with cred ranging from “Mean Girls” to “Hamilton” to “Heathers” and “Aladdin” — have collaborated on this episodic project that became available for streaming in early August. H/T to Perfect Duluth Day for noticing it.

Among the characters: Detective Justine Case, whose day job is meter maid.

It received a sort of lower-level nod from the New York Times, the reviewer admittedly altering his standards to the limitations of works created in isolation.

“A spoof of backstage comedies and Agatha Christie-style mysteries, it mostly exists, like an aluminum Christmas tree, as a way of displaying a few wacky ornaments as quickly and cheaply (and safely) as possible,” wrote Jesse Green.

“A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical” is $12.99 available for streaming at akillerpartmusical.com.

Lyla Abukhodair (Submitted photo)
Lyla Abukhodair (Submitted photo)

Live from Teatro

Teatro Zuccone is hosting a new Rent Party Live series, in which local musicians play a show from the stage — which has been pretty quiet during the pandemic. These shows are produced by Wherehouse Productions.

This week: Lyla Abukhodair with George Pooks on cajon. Abhukhodair performed with the big voices, funtime sound band NorShore Summit.

It is free to see the live stream, but donations are suggested to pay the artists and for the space.

Lyla Abukhodair’s Rent Party Live is at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 on wherehouseproductions.com.