Bon Iver and more to perform at 'Water is Life' concert at Bayfront in Duluth

The Grammy Award-winning musician will be joined by a mix of local and regional artists.

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Annie Humphrey performed during the "Water is Life" Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in 2018 and returns as part of a lineup that includes Bon Iver and Lissie. (Tyler Schank / File / News Tribune)
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A Grammy Award-winning musician with Midwest roots will headline a lineup that is expected to include about a dozen artists in a "full-throated resistance in music and song to the Line 3 pipeline currently snaking its way through waterways and Anishinaabe lands of Northern Minnesota," Honor the Earth announced Wednesday morning.

Activist Winona LaDuke's "Water is Life: Stop Line 3" concert, which has become an annual event for her organization, starts at noon Aug. 18 at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park and will feature Bon Iver, Lissie, Quiltman, David Huckfelt & the Unarmed Forces, Annie Humphrey, Mumu Fresh, Alan Sparhawk, Larry Long and Friends, Charlie Parr and Corey Medina. Dorene Day Waubanewquay will lead a sacred water ceremony.

More acts are expected to be announced later.

Tickets are $65 at and go on sale at 9 a.m. July 28. Proceeds go to Honor the Earth, an organization that describes itself as "assisting in urgent climate-justice efforts."

There will be organic food vendors, regionally sourced food and beverages and booths by groups that center on sustainability, Indigenous rights and clean water.


Past Honor the Earth concerts at Bayfront Festival Park have featured some of the same artists, including Corey Medina and David Huckfelt, but also Chastity Brown, Maria Isa and the Indigo Girls.

Enbridge's Line 3 project is a 340-mile effort to replace the existing, aging pipeline across northern Minnesota. The new pipeline will carry 760,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to Enbridge's terminal in Superior. Opponents of the pipeline say it is unnecessary, that it worsens climate change, risks an oil spill and violates Indigenous and treaty rights.

Christa Lawler is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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