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Sonofmel kicks off Wussow's Concert Cafe's annual all-day bash Dec. 31, 2021. Steve Kuchera / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune
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Wussow celebrates the new year all day

Wussow's Concert Cafe in Duluth is again hosting live music throughout New Year's Eve, starting with a 6:30 a.m. concert featuring the deep-dark tones of Cash-ian singer-songwriter Sonofmel and ending with garage-rockers The Hermits, who take the stage at 11:15 p.m.

The day-long lineup also includes Severio Mancieri, Emily Haavik, Shane Nelson, NVR TGTHR, Jacob Mahon, Colleen Myhre, Trash Cats, Woodblind and more.

Listen, you don't have to stay for the whole show, but you could try.

The bash is free, drop-in friendly, all ages and open to the public.

Wussow's All Day New Year's Eve Bash starts at 6:30 a.m. and the last act plays at 11:15 p.m. at Wussow's Concert Cafe.


Ring it in with Whiskey Trail

Whiskey Trail plays Pier B on New Year's Eve. Clint Austin / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune

Whiskey Trail, a local country band fronted by Heidi Pack, headlines a New Year's Eve concert at Pier B in Duluth. The musicians describe their sound appealing to fans of timeless country music.

They've opened for Alabama, Nelly, Travis Tritt, Parmalee, Thompson Square and more, but they won't turn down a pontoon gig. They will be joined by picker Bo Allen.

The music is from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and tickets start at $35. Call 218-481-8888.

Velvet, Big Wave and more at Greysolon

Laura Velvet performs during "New Year's Eve by the Lake. " Contributed / facebook.com/lauravelvetduluth

"New Year's Eve by the Lake" is a large-scale, multi-venue event in Duluth that can be as extravagant as a multi-course meal and music plus party, or ... just the party.


The "Ultimate" package includes a five-course meal (including filet mignon, grilled prawns, gorg tort and roasted garlic broccolini or veg options) with dinner by Maxi Childs Trio and comedy by Jack Willhite at the NorShor Theatre for $129. The party pass skips dinner and heads straight to Laura Velvet in the Moorish Room, Sounds Unlimited at Black Water, and Big Wave Dave & The Ripples in the Ballroom of Greysolon.

For more info, go to newyearsbythelake.com .

Darling Danger plays The Main Club

Darling Danger plays The Main Club on New Year's Eve. Contributed / Cory Jezierski

Darling Danger is a local band that has all sorts of 1990s alt-rock vibes. The six-piece is scheduled to headline The Main Club in Superior on New Year's Eve from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The band has been known to cover songs by L7, Alice in Chains, AC/DC and Danzig. But also, for instance, "Faith" by George Michael.

One more look at 'A Holiday Dollar Store Special'

Renegade Theatre returns with its super-limited "A Holiday Dollar Store Special," sketch and improv comedy at 8 p.m. New Year's Eve at Zeitgeist in Duluth. Tickets are $20 and available at zeitgeistarts.com .

The performance includes actors like Jody Kujawa, Mary Fox, Robert Lee, Luke Moravec and more. There will be a burlesque performance and music by Zeb or Zeek and the Runaway Screamings.


The show's creator described it as the "naughtiest holiday show in town this year."

"It will be irreverent, raunchy and perfectly encapsulate the kind of humor Renegade is known for," Lee said.

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