Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Earth Rider Celebrates One-Year Anniversary, PLUS Other Items of Note -- Gaelynn Lea, DAI, Kruk, Zeitgeist

Five years ago former mayor Don Ness declared that Duluth was Minnesota's "Beer Capital." He proclaimed this in response to the number of craft breweries here that had been spawning like mushrooms beneath a blanket of moist forest fog. Since that declaration there have been still more "brewhouses" fermenting the scene, one of these being Earth Rider tucked away on Superior's North End.

Earth Rider founders Tim & Brad Nelson will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of Earth Rider Beer this week on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings. Brad Nelson's connections to the local music scene (a drummer with Jamie Ness with the Boomchucks, the Freelwheelers and others) enabled him to book three nights of great music from amongst the Twin Ports' best.

Last September I got a tour of the facility just days before they began their new line, everything glistening in the sunlight coming through the windows. Hard to believe it's already been a year. Lest I fail to mention it, their award-winning beer tastes great.

Earth Rider Fest begins Thursday Sep 13 and runs thru Saturday. Details here on Facebook.

TRIVIA
Question: Do you know why the Facebook logo is blue?  
Answer: Because founder Mark Zuckerberg is red/green color blind. 

Amanda Breitbach, Land/People
Sept 13 .   DAI Opening Reception .  6-9 p.m.
Thursday evening the Duluth Art Institute will kick off three new exhibitions with a Reception and artist talks. Details here at the DAI website.

ZEITGEIST SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
The Zeitgeist is looking for volunteers to help them conduct bike and pedestrian counts all around Duluth this coming Friday September 13th. Sign up for a shift here: http://bit.ly/2018BikePedCount

The information will help influence and inform Twin Ports transportation decisions going forward. Training will be provided to all volunteers. If you can count to 10, you have the skills they are looking for.

GAELYNN LEA'S NEW ALBUM

This announcement came in last night from Gaelynn:
In case you didn't know - my new album, "Learning How to Stay", came out on Friday, September 7th! It features 9 of my original songs and my takes on two traditional fiddle tunes, all backed by a full band. I was lucky to work with a number of talented musicians on this album, including Dave Mehling, Al Church, Martin Dosh, Andrew Foreman, Alan Sparhawk, and many others. The album has received a few lovely reviews so far, in Strings Magazine, No Depression, and Louder Than War... And it's only a few days old, so hopefully it will be discovered by other publications down the road. Ultimately the reviews are not what matter, though... I started this record over a year ago and I am so excited to finally be sharing the music with YOU!

If you haven't listened yet, you can stream it online worldwide now! For those of you who prefer physical copies, CDs and vinyls will soon be for sale here, or they can be purchased at a show! If you pre-ordered a copy through my GoFundMe, you'll be receiving your copy in the mail within the next couple weeks!

Her website includes lots of info. She's back from her European tour and doing a month of gigs out East. You can get the album on her website: https://violinscratches.com/album/

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UWS Faculty Show
The Holden Fine Arts Faculty at UWS is hosting an opening reception for their faculty show, on display at the Kruk Gallery there on the campus. The reception is from 5-7 Thursday. I would encourage you to plan your evening by starting there and then heading over to the DAI... No, wait, there's the Earth Rider Fest... Oh fooey. Maybe sneak a peek at DAI... no, hmmm
Looks like Thursday will involve some hard decisions.

Here's a description of the show: Giant woodblock prints, hand printed photographs, indigo woven cloth, and a huge ceramic chicken covered in tar. These are some of the treasures on view during the UWS Faculty exhibition in the Kruk gallery. Come see the creative power house that is Holden Fine Arts Faculty.

Details here on Facebook.

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Meantime, art goes on all around you. Get into it.

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