Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's Not Woodstock, But Almost

Some people are still talking about it. I know a few people who were there. But guess what? If you missed Woodstock, your life really isn't a ruin. Weekends of music are as common as boll weevils in cotton country. Last weekend here in Duluth we celebrated Blues Fest again. And if you know where to look, you'll find an abundance of folk festivals, bluegrass festivals, film festivals and even jazz festivals like this year's Sol Fest in Carlton. This coming weekend in Lake Nebagamon there's the Bigfoot Boogie.

Tonight's the pre-party with the currently sizzling Brothers Burn Mountain. Then the music kicks Friday and Saturday. Their Facebook invitation states that on Sunday Sasquatch himself will show up to make free pancakes for everyone.

Groups slated to perform include Javier Trejo, Absent Minded String Band, Sonja and the Reckoning, Cranial Fracking, Shotgun Ragtime Band, Black River Revue, Five Pints a' Rye, Tin Can Gin, Kind Country, Pushing Chain, Barefoot Wonder, The Branditos, Luke Warm and The Cool Hands, Collen Myhre and Friends, Wild Bill and many more. Dean Harris Wolfson, who performs with Gene LaFond and the Wild Unknown, sent me a note saying they'll be doing a Dylan tribute as well during the weekend. (Thanks for the invitation.

The event will be at Wasko's Campground, Lake Nebagamon, WI.

Art in Bayfront Park

Last week there were two art festivals here in Duluth and earlier this summer the 43rd annual Park Point Art Festival. If you missed those you and you're in town, you might enjoy a stroll down by the bay in Bayfront Park either Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When I went last year I was impressed by the caliber of the artists. According to the newspaper there were so many artists and artisans that wanted to be there that they had to turn 15% of them away. If you see the Husbys or Peter Juhl, say hi for me.

Meantime, listen to the music and take it with you.

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