Gully Boys play Blush
Minneapolis' Gully Boys, rock band-slash-community digger-inners, plays a show at 9 p.m. Saturday alongside Alien Book Club and Allergen at Bush, 18 N. First Ave. W., Duluth. Tickets are $10.
Gully Boys, Kathy Callahan (guitar, vocals), Natalie Klemond (bass, vocals) and Nadirah McGill (drums, vocals), recently released the EP "Favorite Son," a pure-energy, power and raw-emotion collection of clever, catchy and liberating songs.
This past summer, Minnesota Public Radio had a story about the trio's commitment to mutual aid, and the way they raised money, made meals and were in Daunte Wright's community with help for food and housing.
Von Agassiz releases 'dark holiday' album
Duluth-based musician Ingebord von Agassiz is describing her new album "Coventry Carols" as dark holiday music. It's nine original songs and one traditional tune that celebrate the "mysterious, macabre and often bleak side of the holiday season." She describes it as being inspired by Victorian ghost stories, obscure legends and folktales and personal experience.
"Coventry Carols" will be available for streaming Friday and CDs are available for order at ingeborgvonagassiz.com.
Award-winning guitar player joins DSSO
Jiji, an award-winning guitar player and member of the Grammy Award-nominated Wild Up, joins the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra for a concert that includes in the program Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez," where she is the featured soloist. Most recently, Jiji asked eight composers from around the world to write for her a virtuosic piece for solo guitar. "Unbound" is described as being what virtuosity looks and sounds like in the 21st century.
This past year, Jiji was named in the Washington Post's "21 for 21: Composers and Performers Who Sound Like Tomorrow" list.
Also on the DSSO's program: The Hebridges by Mendelssohn and Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin.
The DSSO performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Tickets available at dsso.com.
Kiss the Tiger comes via Caravan du Nord
Kiss the Tiger, Michael Shynes and Amanda Grace will play at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth as part of the Minnesota Music Coalitions annual Caravan du Nord. The band, which takes cues from The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Patti Smith, released its third full-length LP "Vicious Kid" this past summer.
The Caravan is a mix of concerts across the state, in addition to workshops and events to connect local artists. Other artists playing at other venues include Charlie Parr, War Bonnet and Cyr & the Cosmonauts.
Kiss the Tiger, Amanda Grace and Michael Shynes play at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets at sacredheartmusic.org.
The sun will come out ...
The Duluth Playhouse's family-friendly seasonal pick is "Annie," the story of a young hopeful orphan, and her dog, who goes to live in Daddy Warbucks' mansion and teaches him a bit about family and home. Meanwhile, our hero shows real pluck in this 1930s story.
The Tony Award-winning musical has memorable tunes like "It's a Hard-Knock Life," "Maybe," "You're Never Fully Dressed" and, of course, "Tomorrow."
The Playhouse's production stars both Cadence Graber and Sofia Salmela in the title role, Gabriel Mayfield as Oliver Warbucks, and Haley Methner as Grace Farrell. Christina Stroup is Miss Hannigan and Andy Frye and Dorian Brooke are Rooster and Lily, respectively. It is directed by the theater's artistic director Phillip Fazio.
Duluth Playhouse's production of "Annie" is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday starting Nov. 20 through Dec. 19 at the NorShor Theatre. Tickets at duluthplayhouse.org.
The line in the potential snow
It all happens this week. It becomes impossible to ignore the fact that we are headed into the snowy, sing-y holiday season. The first sign: Your friends and neighbors sashaying down Superior Street during the 63rd annual Christmas City of the North Parade on Friday. Expect to see marching bands, dancers, actors, Ghostbusters, animals, AAD Shriners and Santa.
The route starts by the Fitger's Complex and heads west on Superior Street.
If you aren't into the weather of it all, the parade will be broadcast live on KBJR-TV and KBJR6.com starting at 6:30 p.m.
For those who must see the show up close, stop by the Nordic Center's 10th annual Norwegian Gingerbread Village. Past years have included clever creations of mansions and ships and tiny homes made of gingerbread, frosting and candy. This year's tour is offered as a window tour.
Meanwhile, Bentleyville Tour of Lights opens for the season at 5 p.m. Saturday, a return to the original walk-through format that gives tourers an up-close look at the grand light display that includes Duluth themes, kid-favorite characters and a mega-tree in the center with an ever-changing glow of lights. Also, of course, Santa.
Bentleyville is open 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 27. It's free and open to the public.
Tour hack: Go close to closing time.
A production of "The Octette Bridge Club" at the University of Wisconsin-Superior that was previously included in Best Bets has been removed. The show has been canceled. It was updated at 4:15 p.m. Nov. 17.