Best Bets: Parr, ‘Rocky Horror,” Costumes

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Parr returns with ‘Dog’

Charlie Parr’s new album “Dog,” released on Red House Records in September, chronicles his recent struggles with mental health, reflection, acceptance. The Duluth-based country-blues musician’s “Salt Water” describes the sensation of being home alone with water to the eaves, heavy air that has stolen a family. “There’s no relief and I can’t leave,” he sings. “I Ain’t Dead Yet” is a sittin’ around the kitchen tune. And the album’s title track asks “How do you know that I don’t have a soul.”

Parr returns to Duluth for a show at Beaner’s Central with Mumblin’ Drew & Kyle Ollah, Skunch Brothers and Jacob Mahon.

Charlie Parr plays at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave. Tickets: $10 at the door.

Charlie Parr returns with his new album “Dog.” He plays Sunday at Beaner’s Central. 2014 file/ News Tribune.

DSSO gets ‘Inspiration’ from Mozart

Back in the summer of ’88 — 1788, that is, Mozart completed his final three symphonies. The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert is built around Symphony No. 39, the first of the summer trilogy, and the night’s finale.

Also on the program: Golijov’s “Last Round” and Piazzolla’s “Oblivion.” Schumann’s “Cello Concerto” will feature guest soloist Abraham Feder.

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Symphony Hall, DECC, and 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Cathedral of Christ the King, 1410 Baxter Ave., Superior. Tickets at, (218) 623-3776 or Ticketmaster outlets including

Davina & The Vagabonds play Red Herring

A Minneapolis-based jazz band fronted by the acrobatic voice and vintage stylings of Davina Lozier plays a show today at The Red Herring Lounge.

Davina & The Vagabonds is a popular jazz-blues band that includes Lozier (piano, vocals), Zack Lozier (trumpet, vocals), Steve Rogness (trombone, vocals), George Marich (drums) and a rotating cast of upright bass players. The Star Tribune has described the singer’s voice as a mix of Bonnie Raitt, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.

Davina and the Vagabonds play at 8 p.m. today at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. tickets: $10 at

Tis the ‘Rocky Horror’ season

It’s like Halloween’s version of “The Nutcracker” — but with bustiers and a toast-toss — the annual rerun of an interactive performance of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

You know the scene: Brad and Janet, a flat tire, seeking refuge from a storm in a castle owned by Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter. Cue: “Time Warp.” First-time “Rocky Horror Picture Show”-goers, beware. Expect special treatment.

Zenith City Horror’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-29 and Oct. 31 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 students.

Best dressed bands play Halloween show

Even outside of the costume season, Red Mountain is known to hit epic fashion heights: black leotards, fishnets, vests-sans-shirts, band uniforms. The local synth-pop band with its own brass section is part of a three-band Halloween lineup that includes gloom-pop band The Social Disaster (wore beachwear during Homegrown appearance) and pop-pop band Alamode (when Nathan Holte wears a shirt, it’s from the New Year’s Eve collection).

There will also be a costume contest.

Halloween with Red Mountain, The Social Disaster and Alamode is at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rex Bar, 600 E. Superior St. Tickets: $7 at the door.

Red Mountain (pictured), The Social Disaster and Alamode play a Halloween show Tuesday at The Rex. 2014 file/ News Tribune

Dogs with fresh duds

What has four legs and a certain, fashionable swagger: The stars of Spooktacle: A Dog Fashion Show, probably. The show, part of Halloweek at Zeitgeist, features furry friends in costumes designed by Sasha Howell — blame her for the cute overload, Stephanie Anderson, Laura Piotrowski, Dick Rosvall and Darryn Wallace.

Spooktacle: A Dog Fashion Show is at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $10 at

Father Hennepin plays Cedar Lounge

A longtime local alt-country band known for its original tunes and obscure oldies — see also: “I Like it in Duluth” by the Moose Wallow Ramblers — plays a pre-Halloween show Saturday at the Cedar Lounge.

Father Hennepin is Scott “Starfire” Lunt (guitar, vocals), Ted Anderson (guitar, vocals), Bob Olson (guitar), Brad Nelson (drums) and Susie Ludwig (keyboard, accordion).

Father Hennepin plays 8-11 p.m. Oct. 28 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third St., Superior.