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Low cancels August shows due to Mimi Parker's cancer treatment

Five scheduled European appearances are affected. The Duluth musicians still hope to make a planned performance at the Water is Life festival in Bayfront Festival Park on Sept. 4.

Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker
Alan Sparhawk, left, and Mimi Parker of the Duluth band Low performed on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current during a live broadcast from Canal Park in 2014.
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DULUTH — Low has canceled five scheduled European performances this month, as founding member Mimi Parker undergoes treatment for ovarian cancer. The Duluth musicians say they still hope to make a planned appearance at the Water is Life Festival on Sept. 4 at Bayfront Festival Park.

In a statement, Low said, "as some of you know, Mimi has been fighting cancer. Recent developments and changes in treatment have made extensive travel impossible at this time."

The shows affected include planned appearances in England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Norway. The group still have numerous U.S. and international shows planned from September into April, including a Sept. 23 spot sharing a bill with Death Cab for Cutie at Surly Brewing Festival Field in Minneapolis.

Parker was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in December 2020. She first spoke publicly about the diagnosis in January 2022, on the syndicated radio program Sheroes. Parker told host Carmel Holt that it was "so affirming and so positive for me" to have Low's album "Hey What" released to widespread acclaim in 2021, as the percussionist and vocalist was undergoing cancer treatment.

Alan Sparhawk, guitarist and vocalist, is Parker's spouse and fellow founding member of Low. Bassist Liz Draper, of Mankato, has recently been performing with the band. Over the course of a nearly 30-year career, Low has earned an international fan base and, among music critics, a reputation for consistent excellence.

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"We welcome your positive hopes/prayers," concluded the band's statement, "as we hope and pray for you all. Thank you. Peace."

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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 jgabler@duluthnews.com or 218-279-5536.
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