Best Bets: Stapleton Plays Amsoil, ‘Dogfight’ and Newsboys

Chris Stapleton plays Aug. 3 at Amsoil Arena. Photo by Andy Barron.

Stapleton brings tour to DECC

Chris Stapleton, a relative newbie with a touch of old-school and a bunch of music awards, brings his “All American Road Show” tour to Amsoil Arena today. Stapleton, bushy-bearded and emotive, quickly established himself as a favorite in the country scene. His second studio album, “From a Room: Volume 1,” was released in May and is a bluesy country rock album that has fared well on charts, drawing comparisons to Otis Redding and Willie Nelson. The New York Times called it “earthen, rich with tradition” and said it has a “tactile intensity and is carefully measured.”

Margo Price and Brent Cobb open.

Chris Stapleton’s “All American Road Show” tour plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at Amsoil Arena. Tickets start at $35.75. Available at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office and ticketmaster.com.

See also: Hawkey

A Minnesota-based morning show host by day, musician by night will play a pre-Stapleton concert today at — new location alert — The Other Place Bar and Grill. Chris Hawkey, who is a KFAN fixture, was in the Billboard-reaching band Rocket Club before going solo about three years ago. The smooth and mellow-voiced, pop-country-ist musician released the album “Shine” in 2016.

Rage N Country will follow.

The show was originally scheduled for Bayfront Festival Park.

Hawkey Night in Duluth is at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at The Other Place Bar and Grill, 3930 E. Calvary Rd. Free, open to the public.

Dog days of war

The titular event in an upcoming Renegade Theater Company musical production is a contest between marines to see which one can bring the ugliest date to a party.

In “Dogfight,” three military men are on their last night in the United States before being deployed. Birdlace hooks up with Rose, a folk-singing waitress, but the night takes a twist when she discovers why she was invited in the party.

This musical is by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, creators of the film “La La Land.”

Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Dogfight” is at 8 p.m. Aug. 3-5, Aug. 10-12 and Aug. 17-19 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $20 adults, $17 students and seniors.

Kitty Kat romance

Cliff Bradshaw is a writer living in Berlin in the 1930s, and he falls in love with a cabaret performer from the Kitty Kat Klub, Sally Bowles.

She moves in; the situation in Berlin turns ugly.

“Cabaret,” a musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb is based on a book by Christopher Isherwood.

“Cabaret” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 3-19 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 students at duluthplayhouse.org.

Newsboys headline City on the Hill Music Festival Aug. 4 at Bayfront Festival Park. Photo courtesy of Twin Ports Nightlife.

Newsboys headline City on the Hill

Newsboys and MercyMe headline the two-day City on the Hill music festival this weekend at Bayfront Festival Park. The lineup for the Christian music fest includes 12 bands playing on alternating stages.

Newsboys, who close out Friday’s three-band bill, are among the best in the biz — a long time pop-rock-worship-dance band that has won tons of awards. MercyMe, which plays the final concert on Saturday, is a southern indie rock band that released the album “Lifer” earlier this year.

Other acts include Aly Aleigha Band, Ryan Stevenson, Sparrows Rising, Derek Charles Johnson, John Tibbs, Adelaide, Kutless, Red Dirt Revival, Britt Nicole and Nehemiah.

City on the Hill is Aug. 4-5 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets: Start at $39 at cityonthehillmusicfest.com.

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