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Relient K, a Christian rock band with crossover appeal, is part of a three-band bill in a show that starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grandma's Sports Garden, 425 Lake Ave. S. Quietdrive and Owl City also are performing.

Relient K
Pop-punk band Relient K lists the Beach Boys, Nofx, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, Keane, Fountains Of Wayne, Blink 182, the Thrills and Jellyfish as its influences. Band members are MatthewThiessen, lead vocals, guitar; Matt Hoopes, guitar, vocals; Josh Warne, bass, vocals; Ethan Luck, drums, vocals; and Jon Schneck, guitar, banjo, bells and vocals. (Submitted photo)

Relient K, a Christian rock band with crossover appeal, is part of a three-band bill in a show that starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grandma's Sports Garden, 425 Lake Ave. S. Quietdrive and Owl City also are performing.

Tickets are $20 and available at , at Electric Fetus, or by calling (218) 260-2342.

Relient K, a little bit punk, a little rock, a lot of whimsy, has released five studio albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Rock Gospel Album. The band, named for a car, is best-known for its album "Five Score and Seven Years Ago," which debuted at No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

Quietdrive is a Minneapolis pop rock band that tours like crazy: More than 900 shows since 2005, according to its Web site. The band's cover of "Time after Time" by Cyndi Lauper, off their album "When All That's Left is You," has had the most commercial success, hitting No. 25 on American Top 40.

Owl City is Adam Young, who has used word-of-mouth and MySpace to develop a following. His self-released album, "Maybe I'm Dreaming," came out in March 2008.


Shinedown headlines Grand Slam at Wade Stadium

The aptly named Grand Slam Duluth features a four-band lineup at a baseball field.

Shinedown, Saving Abel, Pop Evil and Sick of Sarah play at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wade Stadium, 34th and Grand Ave.

Shinedown, the headliner, is a Florida fivesome in the midst of commercial success with its third album "The Sounds of Madness" -- which includes "Second Chance" as heard in promos for the TV show "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

Saving Abel has released one album, and the single "Addicted" reached No. 2 on the US Mainstream rock chart. Pop Evil is a band out of Grand Rapids, Mich., whose most-recent album is "Lipstick on the Mirror." Sick of Sarah is a rock, pop, indie band from Minneapolis.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and can be purchased at the Huskies Box Office, Disc Go-Round, the Electric Fetus, by calling (800) 882-4275, or go to .

Kids present their version of "Guys and Dolls"

The Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre presents "Guys & Dolls Jr.," a play adapted from the original craps-shooting, ladies-dancing adult version that was made into a 1955 movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.


The musical comedy ranges from Havana to Manhattan and is set in the prohibition era.

The Playground's take features a cast of 38 children ages 8 to 13 and is part of an intensive camp where the children learn the intricacies of theater.

"It's so funny," director Kate Horvath said. "They're playing such stereotypical roles from American theater. It's funny to see them take on such juggernaut roles."

The story is based on a book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.


What: Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre production of "Guys and Dolls Jr."

When: 7 p.m. today and Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Duluth Playhouse, 506 W. Michigan St.


Tix: $9, adults; $7 children 17 and younger; $6 groups

Call: (218) 733-7555.

UMD's ice fishing play part of summer arts festival

It's the storm of the century, and Ron decides to drive out to his ice house. He's a resort owner who has figured out how to make a career out of fishing. Ron's truck goes through the ice, and he is out on the lake alone, with plenty of time to think about all of the people he has loved and lost -- and whether to go on.

In the meantime, Ron is visited by ghosts.

The University of Minnesota Duluth presents the mostly comedic, somewhat serious piece, "The Ice Fishing Play," written by Minnesota playwright Kevin Kling and directed by William Payne.

UMD student Corey Boe stars as Ron and has seamlessly adapted to the role of a 50-something, Payne said.

The production is part of the Sieur Du Luth Summer Arts Festival. Kling, the playwright, spent time with the cast before the play's opening.



What: "The Ice Fishing Play"

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, July 7-12; 2 p.m. July 5, 11, 12. (ASL-interpreted show on July 12)

Where: Marshall Performing Arts Center at UMD

Tix: $14 adults; $12 seniors; $8 students and children; $6 UMD students, faculty and staff.

Info: Go to or call (218) 726-8561

Let your ruby slippers take you to Grand Rapids

There's no place like Judy Garland's home: Grand Rapids kicks off the 34th Annual Judy Garland Festival, with events today through Saturday in the birthplace of the star of "The Wizard of Oz."


Events include Judy Jeopardy, guided tours and an outdoor screening of "The Wizard of Oz" on the Grand Rapids High School football field.


  • 5:30 p.m.: Fundraiser buffet, Sawmill Inn
  • 7:30 p.m. Judy Jeopardy, Sawmill Inn
  • 9 p.m.: Informal song tributes by Garland fans FRIDAY

  • 1 p.m. "Judy Garland: The Dressing of a Legend," presentation and Q&A with Michael Siewert, Sawmill Inn
  • 3 p.m. "Judy Remembers Dorothy," presentation by Garland author and producer John Fricke, Sawmill Inn
  • 5 p.m.: Supper with the Munchkins Margaret Pellegrini and Jerry Maren, Sawmill Inn
  • 7:30 p.m.: Concert Pianist Richard Glazier with "A Salute to Judy Garland & Friends," Reif Performing Arts Center SATURDAY

  • All day: Guided tours of Garland historic sites and Michael Siewert's collection
  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Free children's petting zoo
  • 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Oz fair and dance
  • Dusk: Outdoor screening of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Grand Rapids High School football field More info: Go to

    Don't Panic kicks off Rock the Block

    Longtime variety band Don't Panic kicks off the summer Rock the Block music series, which brings live music to the streets of downtown Duluth from 4:30-7 p.m. every other Thursday through the summer.

    Don't Panic plays a mix of rock and country covers, ranging from the Beatles to ZZ Top to Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson. They frequently perform at Mr. D's, Billy's and the Runway and also are regulars at outdoor concerts and festivals. For many years they toured around as a Beatles tribute band called Ticket to Ride.

    The show is on Superior Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues west in front of the Radisson. (Rain location: Radisson Great Hall).

    Local dance troupe makes 'Fireworks' its finale

    "Fireworks" is the final show for Phoenix Productions, the local dance troupe led by Megan Abel.

    A group of nine dancers will perform jazz, swing, tango, and hip hop, with a guest appearance from a belly dancer. There also will be a short film and slideshow.

    The group has been performing together for more than a year as Phoenix Productions, and before that as Over the Top. Now, the dancers are going separate ways. Abel is off to Chicago to study choreography.


    What: "Fireworks" a final performance by Phoenix Productions

    When: 7:30 p.m. today-Sat., July 2-3; 6 p.m. July 4

    Where: Duluth Playground, 11 E. Superior St.

    Tix: $10 at the door or at

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