A weekend for live music

by Joan on January 4, 2014

Mickey Chick throws a pot of water outside at Hungry Jack Lake when it was -28F last weekend. Photo by Dennis Chick.

Brrrr. Hot water turns into ice crystals when Mickey Chick throws a pan of water into the air at Hungry Jack Lake when it was -28F last weekend. Photo by Dennis Chick.

Baby, it’s been cold outside, … but now it’s time to warm up,  thaw out and enjoy all the live music opportunities this weekend!

It’s hard to choose where to start — there’s lots of great music planned at every venue.

It’s Snowball Music & Ski Festival at Lutsen Mountains and Papa Charlie’s this weekend, featuring a wide variety of bands including  The Limns, i like you, Useful Jenkins, Cas Haley, Jon Wayne & the Pain, Smokin’ Joe Scarpellino & Friends, Heatbox and Wookiefoot.  And both Papa Charlie’s and Mogul’s Grille have launched the Apres-Ski acoustic series featuring local musicians in the late afternoon and early evenings over the weekend. (See schedule below for times and places)

Harmonious Wail plays at North House on Saturday night.

Harmonious Wail plays at North House on Saturday night.

Another great place to thaw out your ears this weekend is North House Folk School on Saturday night when Harmonious Wail, an award-winning group from Madison, Wis., play in concert and for a dance afterwards..

The event is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Harmonious Wail are winners of multiple MAMA awards, ranging from Best Jazz DC, Best Ensemble Vocalists of the Year, Favorite Jazz Band, Best World Song, Best Instrumentalist — the list is extensive. And they’re great fun to listen to. Here are two video clips: here and here.

The band includes vocalist Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, Sim Delaney-Potthoff (mandolin) and Jim Weiss (bass). Together they perform a dazzling array of gypsy-jazz, swing and gypsy music. They’re also a great dance band.

The evening begins in the Red Building at North House at 6 p.m. where Veronica Weadock and Bob Pranis will teach a free East Coast swing dance lesson.

The music performance is at 7:30 p.m. The first set is a concert. For the second set, room will be made for dancing. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 ages 18 and under.

There’s more! Local musicians performing this weekend include the Joe Paulik Band, the Portage Band, Jim & Michelle MillerEric Frost, James Moors, Timmy Haus, Gordon Thorne, Briand Morrison and Mark Darling. See schedule below for places and times.

For that Celtic flavor, check out Thea Ennen & Dave “Ja Vue” Peterson at the Cascade Lodge Pub from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday. And Free Fallin’, a tribute band to Tom Petty, plays at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino on Saturday starting at 9 p.m.

So there’s lots of music opportunities this weekend! Let’s hope you get out and enjoy a many as you can.

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Three solo exhibitions open at the Definitely Superior (DefSup) Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday.

If you’re going to Thunder Bay on Friday, you don’t want to miss the Gala Opening Reception at the Definitely Superior (DefSup) Gallery, 250 Park Ave, Suite 101 in Thunder Bay.  The exhibit features three solo exhibitions: “New Art” by Lora Northway-Arvokas, “Accosting the Ordinary” by Elizabeth Busset and “Surface & Symbol”  by Jean Marshall with music by DJ Fabulous Dave and singer/songwriter Nick Sherman, who was a two-time nominee for the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.

There will be artist talks, refreshments and more.  Freewill donations accepted. The reception is from 7-10 p.m. (EST). The exhibit continues through Feb, 15, For more info about the artists and the exhibit, click here.

In other art news, the Gichigami Express Coloring Contest continues through the end of the month. Last Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony launched the project and invited the public to come in and color a dog sled poster.  All posters from the 0-6 and 7-10 age groups created at the Art Colony will be submitted to The Garage for judging. 

And there’s still time to enter to contest! Children through the age of  10 can still color a poster to enter into the contest. Just come to The Garage (open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday) to pick up an entry form. The grand prize winner gets their poster drawing on the Gichigami poster next year. The winners in each category will receive a $50 Savings Bond. The contest continues through the end of the month.

In other Art Colony news, a call has gone out for artists to apply for the Artist in Residence Program. The two-week residence will take place March 31 – April 14 in the Founders Hall Visual Arts Studio, and will provide artists with uninterrupted work time to support the development, creation, and production of new, original works. It will also include a community engagement component. The selected artist will be provided with workspace and off-site lodging. For more information, call the Art Colony at 218-387-2737 or email arts@boreal.org.

Also, artists and/or snowcarvers are invited to participate in the 4th annual Winter Tracks Snowcarving Symposium. A stipend and lodging are available. The deadline to submit a proposal is Jan. 15. For more information, click here.

And finally, applications are now available for the Grand Marais Arts Festival, which will be held in downtown Grand Marais July 12-13. For more information, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Here’s a heads-up. The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a town meeting about the its future at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Any member of the community interested in theater as an audience member, performer, artistic team, stage crew or volunteer is encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. If you cannot attend but would be willing to complete a short survey, please contact the Playhouse at playhouse@boreal.org.

Bryan Hansel was selected by 121clicks.com as one of the top 100 landscape photographers you should follow.  Here’s a link to his work on the site.

John Stewart of Aberdeen, Scotland, racing for Streeper Kennels of Ft. Nelson, British Columbia, races for the finish line. Photo by David Johnson.

Ryan Redington of Alaska races for the finish line. Photo by David Johnson.

And David Johnson was selected for the top photo for Jan. 8 on the dailyduluthphoto.com site for his shot at the Gichigami Express Sled Dog Race. The photo was also used in an article in the Duluth News-Tribune.

Here’s the music schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 9:

  • i like you, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
  • Useful Jenkins, 11:30 p.m.
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10:

  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, noon.
  • James Moors, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 3:30 p.m.
  • i like you, Apres-Ski Acoustic, Papa Charlie’s, 4:30 p.m.
  • The Limns, Apres-Ski Acoustic, Papa Charlie’s, 5-6 p.m.
  • Portage, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 8 p.m.
  • Snowball Friday with Jon Wayne & the Pain and Cas Haley, Papa Charlie’s, 10 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

 Saturday,  Jan. 11:

  • James Moors, Moguls Grille & Tap Rom, 3:30 p.m.
  • Smokin’ Joe Scarpellion & Friends, Apres-Ski Acoustic, 3:30 p.m.
  • Useful Jenkins (acoustic), Papa Charlie’s, 5 p.m.
  • Thea Ennen & Dave “Ja Vue” Peterson, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, The Landing at Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Harmonious Wail, Concert & Dance, North House Folk School,  7:30 p.m.
  • Free Fallin’, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
  • TBA, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Heatbox, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Wookiefoot, Papa Charlie’s, 11 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12:

  • Apres-Ski Acoustic, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Diet Folk, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 13:

  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Songwriter Series, Gabriel Douglas of 4OntheFloor, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13:

  • Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Gordon Thorne,  (free), Moondance Coffee House, 5-7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

So if you’ve already warmed up from the polar vector that hit us recently, these photos will help you remember how cold (or exhilarating) it was. Thanks to the photographers who got out there to document the beauty we care so much about.

David Johnson shows us how ice is forming on Lake Superior.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


Ken Hupila has figured out how to get spectacular shots of sun dogs.

Photo by Ken Hupila.

Photo by Ken Hupila.


Sandra Updyke is out there with her camera almost every day, regardless of the weather. She must have been really cold on this day.

Photo by Sandra Updyke,

Photo by Sandra Updyke.


Here is a morning sea fog/ice shot from Stephan Hoglund.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.


Kjersti Vick took this lovely shot.

Photo by Kjersi Vick.

Photo by Kjersi Vick.


Blue ice is already forming near Duluth.

Photo by Karen Hunnicutt.

Photo by Karen Hunnicutt.


Brrrr! to this shot by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Jamie Rabold decided to take this photo in B&W — powerful. It was shot in Michigan.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

Exquisite forms by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


And last, but not least, fire and smoke (steam rising off Lake Superior) by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


Keep warm, everyone!  And enjoy the music (and dancing) this weekend!













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