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John Mark Nelson & Kara Laudon – “That’s What You Do”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYTfb5KekHU

John Mark Nelson and Kara Laudon perform “That’s What You Do” for a Lutsen Mountains Gondola Session during the Gndwire Records’ Ski Party last weekend. Video by Brian Wegner.

Kraig James – “Teardrops and Elephants”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNyPjj5euz8

Kraig James & the Campfire Stars are releasing a new song each month in 2016 for a project called Campfire Americana: Volume 1.

Poll: What is the Duluth area’s best indoor concert venue?

Last summer a PDD poll determined Bayfront Festival Park is the region’s best outdoor concert venue. Now, in the dead of winter, it’s time to determine the best indoor concert venue. From large arenas to tiny little barrooms and coffee joints — what is the best place for live music in the Twin Ports?

Our poll started with 50 options and is now down to the top four. It will continue in runoff mode, with the least popular options slowly dropping out until we have a winner. So check back later; if the option you choose drops off the list, you can vote again.

What is the best indoor concert venue in the Duluth area?

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A visit with Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea Busking on the Lakewalk

While meeting Gaelynn Lea I was challenged in many ways. For two weeks now I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around it! She is an amazing musician, and a remarkable human being. My piece here barely scratches a tremendously fascinating surface, but trundle on over to Ed’s Big Adventure to learn more of her story, struggles, and music. This is the story of a great big soul in a tiny package. She isn’t trapped or helpless, either, but is a tremendously enriching member within our community. A model for all, frankly.

The Cellar Door – “Save Me”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mugj36Jozhs

The Cellar Door is a band based in Grand Forks, but it has a couple Duluth members. The group released this video last fall, shot in the old railroad tunnel at Ely’s Peak in Duluth.

As far as the knowledge base at PDD’s World Headquarters can figure, the first music video at Ely’s Peak was Sarah Krueger’s “Grace” for the North Shore Sessions. And then it seems like there might be another one we can’t remember.

Bringing it All Back to Duluth Does Dylan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekk3fRrmblA

A new Duluth Does Dylan album is in the works — the fourth in a series of compilations featuring Duluth bands covering Bob Dylan songs. Bringing it All Back to Duluth Does Dylan will feature 14 tracks recorded at Sacred Heart Studio by engineer Tom Fabjance. Fabjance is co-producing the album with executive producer Tim Nelson.

Low – “Let’s Stay Together” (two versions)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Nfq8pb4Xj0

In recent months, Duluth band Low has been covering Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” including this past weekend’s show at First Avenue marking the Current’s 11th anniversary. Above is a version recorded in Spain; below is a version at the Crocodile in Seattle.

James Taylor, John Mellencamp to play Duluth shows

James Taylor John Mellencamp

Adult contemporary music stars John Mellencamp and James Taylor will perform separate concerts at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center this spring. The DECC announced today Mellencamp will perform in Symphony Hall on April 7, with tickets going on sale on Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. via mellencamp.com and axs.com. Ticket prices range from $39.50 to $115. The opening act will be Carlene Carter, daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash.

James Taylor and his All-Star Band will perform on June 1 in Amsoil Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $65 to $85.

Charlie Parr – “Hobo” (from the Bischoff Sessions)

https://vimeo.com/152232061

The Bischoff Sessions is a compilation album planned for release later in 2016. Proceeds will go toward creating awareness and understanding for drug and alcohol abuse. This is the first video of the series, featuring Duluth’s Charlie Parr recorded at Orange 72 Studio downtown Eau Claire.

The Current to launch broadcast relay station in Duluth

The Current logoMinnesota Public Radio announced in a news release today that Duluthians will soon be able to hear its album-oriented alternative music station, the Current, on 90.9 FM. A mix tape of music by artists from northern Minnesota began airing on the station today. At 9:09 a.m. on Feb. 1 the switch will flip to the Current’s live broadcast from the Twin Cities.

The low-power station will broadcast at about 99 watts, with an expected coverage area spanning from Hermantown to Superior. MPR purchased the 90.9 FM spot on the dial in 2015 from Family Stations, a national Christian network, which had aired programming as W215CG.

PDD Video Lab: Sea Smoke on Lake Superior

https://vimeo.com/152108592

Video shot by Levi Drevlow on a -18 degree day. Choose an audio soundtrack below and enjoy. From indoors.

Rick McLean – “St. James”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj-yCsg5GvE

New video from Duluth’s Rick McLean for a song from his recent EP Coupla Focal. Directed and edited by McLean, with camera help from Ian Vincent and Jacob Swanson.

Kilgour wins NewSong Contest at Lincoln Center

Rachel-Kilgour-600-2Duluth’s Rachael Kilgour was named the grand prize winner of the 2015 NewSong Contest during a music showcase and competition held Jan. 7 at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium in New York City. She will receive a performance slot at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Café in Park City, Utah, later this month; an opportunity to perform at Lincoln Center later this year; and a recording session at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC, produced by Gar Ragland, NewSong Music’s executive director, for an album to be released under the NewSong Recordings label.

Kilgour also was the winner of the 2015 LEAF Newsong Contest in North Carolina and a finalist in last year’s Telluride Troubadour Competition. Noted singer-songwriter Catie Curtis is producing Kilgour’s crowd-funded album, which is set for release later this year.

Dizzo stepping down; Homegrown looking for new director

Homegrown Music Festival logoAfter the 2016 Homegrown Music Festival, Walt Dizzo will be retiring from the executive director role. The board of directors is looking for someone to take over!

If you think you might fit the bill, check out the description and application. Deadline is Feb. 15.

Video Archive: Megadeth in the DECC Auditorium, June 21, 1998

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-LXMKBbZtw

Here it is, an hour and a half of grainy video of Megadeth in Duluth, shot by Ronaldo Rodrigues Paravani.