Winter Continues & So Does the Music

by Joan on March 19, 2014

 

Glenn Blaszkiewicz took this shot of snow patterns on Lake Superior ice near the French River the other day
Glenn Blaszkiewicz took this incredible shot of snow patterns on Lake Superior ice near the French River the other day

 

Great live music opportunities and spectacular spring skiing is on tap for this weekend, the fourth weekend in March.

deluthsenDuLutsen North of North Music & Ski Festival opened on Wednesday night with a free concert by Charlie Parr at Papa Charlie’s.

The music festival features six days of music with 11 bands, many of them from Duluth including the Black-eyed Snakes, Brothers Burn Mountain, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and the Black River Revue.  Clearwater Hot Club, the gypsy jazz band from Grand Rapids, will also play at Papa Charlie’s over the weekend. For the complete schedule, see the music listings below. And for more info about the event on Lutsen Mountains, click here.

Certainly there’s plenty of snow on the slopes at Lutsen Mountains for great spring skiing. In fact, the snow pack is so deep that the ski hill will stay open through Easter weekend this year.

moose on golden eagle

Photo courtesy of Golden Eagle Lodge.

The cross country ski trails are well-groomed, too, with recent snows giving them a nice cover.

If you’re lucky, you could even see moose on the ski trails, as was captured at Golden Eagle Lodge  last month.

Temps are predicted to be in the low 20s this weekend — perfect weather for playing in the snow.

Ice skating on Lake Superior is probably out this weekend, though. Warm temps and some precipitation (including rain earlier this week), has made the ice less than ideal.

But sled dog rides are still an option as are hayrides.

Here’s a link to where you can book a sled dog ride or skijoring adventure.

And here’s a great link to ski trails in Cook County.

Back to music – there are lots of other options, too.

Gordon Thorne is playing with a number of different musicians this weekend at a variety of venues, as are Jim & Michele Miller. Singer/songwriters Eric Frost and James Moors are playing the county this weekend as is Mary Bue. And Pete Kavanaugh and Timmy Haus are playing as well, to mention a few. And Southwire plays for the Songwriter Series at Papa Charlie’s at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Rio Brio plays flamenco music at the Bluefin Grille on Sunday night.

Rio Brio plays flamenco music at the Bluefin Grille on Sunday night.

For flamenco music, check out Rio Brio with guitarist Tony Hauser and flautist Betty Braunstein on Sunday night when they play an informal concert at the Bluefin Grille in Tofte starting at 6 p.m.

And for chamber music players, the

Woodland Chamber Music Workshop is now open for registration. The workshop,which is open for adult musicians of all skill levels and instruments, will be held at Surfside Resort in Tofte in late June. For more information, click here.

In other news, WTIP will take home four awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington March 28. The Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters news contest award winners include:

• Feature category, the station won two Honorable Mentions:
“Arrowhead Transit: All Aboard!” by Veronica Weadock and “Artist Open House: Lenna Stever,” by Jay Andersen.

•  Series and Specials category, First Place went to “The Lake Superior Project,” by Kelly Schoenfelder. Best Documentary went to “History Speaks: The Boundary Waters,” by Ada Igoe.

The AP News Awards are given to Minnesota stations in categories based upon their staff sizes.

Click on the links and listen to what the winning programs!

Here’s the music schedule for the weekend and beyond:

Thursday: March 20:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne with Jim Ohlschmidt, Al Oikari & Ron Wiese, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJBeavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 21:

  • James Moors, Mogul’s Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, 5:30 p.m.
  • Dave Gustafson & Friends, Zoar Lutheran Church, Tofte, 6:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne with Jim Ohlschmidt, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 8 p.m.
  • Bughouse!, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, Papa Charlie’s, 11 p.m.

Saturday, March 22:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Brothers Burn Mountain, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Papa charlie’s, 4:45 p.m.
  • Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Black-eyed Snakes, Papa Charlie’s, 11 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, 5:30 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Loge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Mary Bue, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, American Legion, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, The Landing at Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 23:

  • Tin Can Gin, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Rio Brio, Flute and Guitar with Flamenco Flair, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Dedric Clark, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, March 24:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Southwire, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s,  8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25:

  • Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Gordon Thorne, Moondance Coffee House, 5 .m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26:

  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Here are some photos we found this week.

The ice caves at the Apostle Island National Lakeshore have closed for the season because of safety issues on the ice, but photos of this beautiful place are still coming in. So here are a few.

Karen Hunnicutt-Meyer posted this shot recently.

Karen Hunnicutt-Meyer posted this shot recently that really gives a great perspective of the scale of the ice caves.

Dennis Chick sent this to us after his trip there. It really says "Hard Water," doesn't it?

Dennis Chick sent this to us after his trip there. It really says “Hard Water,” doesn’t it?

And here's an au revoir shot by Jamie Rabold -- sunset from an ice cave.

And here’s an au revoir shot by Jamie Rabold — sunset from an ice cave.

The ice continues to build up on the shore of Lake Superior offering dramatic possibilities to photographers. This one is by Layne Kennedy.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.

 

Here’s a blue ice shot by Mark Tessier.

Photo by Mark Tessier.

Photo by Mark Tessier.

 

Here’s a blue ice sunset by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

 

And we found some gorgeous light house shots. Here’s one by David Johnson.

david johnson moonrise

Photo by David Johnson.

And here’s a real beauty by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

And here’s proof that spring will come — an ice breaker at Taconite Harbor captured by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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