Duluth Fourth Fest releases 2022 lineup

Katie Switzer, All Tomorrow's Petty, The Crunchy Bunch and of course, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, will play the free Bayfront Festival Park event.

A silhouette of two people sitting on a harbor bank as bright yellow fireworks explode above them.
Two people were among the many who gathered at Duluth's harborside for Fourth Fest 2021.
Contributed / Zenith City Photography for the DECC
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DULUTH — It's not precisely true to say this year's Fourth Fest lineup spans all genres — there are no metal bands or barbershop quartets — but most music fans will find something to suit their tastes on Independence Day at Bayfront Festival Park. The lineup for the free celebration, funded by the city of Duluth and organized by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, was announced Tuesday.

One act is no surprise: As usual, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will perform. The July 4 event will also feature music by country artist Katie Switzer (winner of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's inaugural North of Nashville song contest in February); Tom Petty cover band All Tomorrow's Petty; and Duluth DJ collective The Crunchy Bunch.

Christina Stroup, a member of the cast of the upcoming Duluth Playhouse production of "Footloose," will sing the National Anthem at the event, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. July 4 with music following at 5 p.m. and then fireworks at 10:10 p.m. Food, drink and craft vendors will also be on hand.

With July 4 falling on a Monday this year, the Fourth Fest will cap a long weekend of entertainment at Bayfront. The Bayfront Country Jam takes place July 1, followed by a Disney tribute band July 2 and glam metal cover band Hairball on July 3. From July 1-3, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center will be hosting the animatronic dinosaurs of Jurassic Quest, with the forthcoming (and, technically, unrelated) movie "Jurassic World Dominion" still likely onscreen at the adjoining Marcus Theatres.

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The animatronic attraction's crew had less than two days to turn the DECC's Pioneer Hall into a prehistoric playground.

Arts and entertainment reporter Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in February 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can reach him at or 218-279-5536.
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