Get your Guest fix
One Less Guest is next up in the College of St. Scholastica’s Live from the Mitchell series — free, virtual concerts from the college’s gorgeous auditorium with interviews by Brittany Lind of The Current’s Duluth Local Show. The show is at 7 p.m. April 3 via Livestream.com.
It has been a year since the band was sitting with a new album and no way to throw a big release soiree. Eventually, the foursome, featuring Ren Cooper, Nick Muska, Nick Glass and Cody Thoreson, decided to offer “Monochrome” without the big show. And then, despite so many COVID-19-related closures, they ultimately found creative ways to bring their music to the people throughout the year.
This is among the last times to see the soul-rock-funk band in these parts. It was announced in mid-February that it is following drummer Thoreson when he moves back home to Anaheim in a few months.
In the deep, dark woods
WDSE-WRPT’s “Making It” finale featured Ashley Bredemus; her father, Dan Bredemus; and Victor Pilon — the trio living at Birchwood Wilderness at the end of the Gunflint Trail and the start of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bredemus, who is behind the blog The Cabin Season, was also recently featured in a report by the News Tribune's John Myers.
The episode, created by the local PBS affiliate, goes to the end of the road to catch the crew in action — hiking, making breakfast, building a fire — and Dan Bredemus taking a new rope swing for a ride. This 20-minute doc, a total smile-fest to watch, is available for streaming on WDSE-WRPT’s website. It will make you crave campfire smells, wide open skies, and a life that calls for mukluks. Visit makingit.wdse.org.
Gaelynn Lea+Mother Banjo
Gaelynn Lea’s virtual Sunday Sessions this week features guest Mother Banjo, a bluegrass player, DJ on KFAI-FM in Minneapolis and the host of her own show on YouTube, “Back Catalog Listening Party.
Lea, a fiddle player-activist with fans around the world, has been connecting with other artists via this talk-show style of program for the past year. She is also in the process of writing a book.
The Mother Banjo episode is at 2 p.m. April 4 on Lea’s YouTube page. Other episodes are also available for deep-diving.
Brothers Burn Mountain’s summer jam
The Brothers Burn Mountain released a video for its “Honey in the Shadows,” which plays out with abstract human forms playing in a natural, golden hour colorscape. “I think I’ll go to paradise,” they sing, “It’s just the shadows in your eyes.” It’s got spacy electric festival vibes, with electric guitar and scratchy LP accents. Let this song be your next vacation — if not just your summer jam.
Inside the music
Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter is this week’s featured artist for Papa Charlie’s Wednesday’s Songwriter Series at the Lutsen-based tavern. This series is for music-heads looking for a quiet, intimate space to really, really listen to music and to hear the stories behind the songs. Reservations only, tables of two, four and six available.
Simonett’s set starts at 8 p.m. March 31. Visit lutsen.com.
Yucks with pucks
Lean into your most Minnesota Minnesotan and plop down in front of the tube for the state’s biggest thing that isn’t the Minnesota State Fair: the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.
This region doesn’t have a dog in the Class AA tournament, which started yesterday, but it’s likely top-ranked Hermantown, who played Tuesday, will still be in action — in which case the Hawks will play either No. 4 Little Falls or No. 5 Delano at 1 p.m. April 2.