Best Bets: Super Big Block Party, Cody Canada and More

R.Lum.R plays as part of the Super Big Block Party on Saturday at The Red Herring Lounge. Photo by Jonathon Kingsbury
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Go (Super) Big

A Nashville-based R&B artist who was recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine for his Spotify-to-radio route, plays Saturday during the Red Herring Lounge’s Super Big Block Party. R.Lum.R headlines the 10-act, family-friendly event that also includes a mix of local and metro-based acts like electro-folkster Ingeborg von Agassiz, Red House-newbie Actual Wolf, swirling retro Gramma’s Boyfriend and the otherworldly Superior Siren.

Meanwhile, Har Mar Superstar — the Minneapolis-based musician-actor with an EP scheduled for release next week — plays the pre-show at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Herring Lounge.

Super Big Block Party is 12:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: $15 in advance, $25 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free.

SCHEDULE

• 12:45-1:45 p.m.: Ingeborg von Agassiz

• 2-3 p.m.: Ness Nite

• 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Actual Wolf

• 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Frankie Lee

• 6-7 p.m.: Dem Atlas

• 7:30 p.m.: Gramma’s Boyfriend

• 9-10 p.m.: R.Lum.R

Herring Stage

• 5:15-6 p.m.: Black Diary

• 6:30-7:15 p.m.: Nat Harvie Trio

• 8:15-9 p.m.: Superior Siren

Cody Canada and the Departed play The Rex

Cody Canada and the Departed, a southern rock back in the middle of a tour through the Midwest, plays a show Friday at The Rex.

Canada, formerly of Cross Canadian Ragweed, is a red dirt musician with a gritty twang. The band’s most recent album, “HippieLovePunk,” was released in 2015.

Local band Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners opens.

Cody Canada and the Departed perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at The Rex, 600 E. Superior St. Tickets: $15 at ticketfly.com

Alan Sparhawk, seen crowd surfing at this year’s Homegrown Music Festival, plays a solo show during Northern Isolation. 2017 file/ News Tribune

Isolation mode

Northern Isolation, a DIY experimental music festival in its third year, returns with dozens of bands playing two venues over three days.

The lineup includes locally grown acts like Alan Sparhawk, Ire Wolves, Dirty Knobs, Gin Street and the Allen Killian-Moore Ensemble in addition to Seattle-based Iron Lung, Planning for Burial, from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Hive from Minneapolis.

Shows alternate between Blush, a new venue at 18 N. First Ave. W., and 315 Gallery, 315 N. Lake Ave.

Northern Isolation is Aug. 18-20 at locations in Duluth. Tickets, full schedule available at northernisolation.com.

Art in park

More than 100 juried artists with works will be featured at the eighth annual Art in Bayfront Park on Saturday and Sunday at Bayfront Festival Park.

Some of the featured artists include Dock 5, Husby Pottery & Glass, Ryan Tischer Photography, Sweetwater Jewelry Designs and Couch Skinner.

In addition to work in a mix of mediums — wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, culinary, photography, metal and more — there will be music by the 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Bands, a car show, log rolling and food vendors.

Take It or break it

When we last heard from Blake and the crew, they were stoked for a face off with the Russians in a world beer-making competition — and the Bent Paddle recipe had been compromised.

Take it With You, a local radio variety show-podcast, returns Tuesday with a new episode (and a new conundrum) — as always, recorded in front of an audience at The Underground.

This week’s episode is “Behind the Scenes.”

Take it With You plays at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $15 at duluthplayhouse.org.

Tribute Fest opens with Daft tribute

The annual Tribute Fest, a benefit for homeless veterans, has added an extra electric day. The four-day fest kicks off with the Electronic Dance Music Party in Bayfront Festival Park.

Headliners are One More Time, a tribute to Daft Punk that includes the luminescent suits featured in the Alive 2007 tour.

As for the rest of the fest, there will be a country lineup (Aug. 24) and rock ‘n’ roll lineups (Aug. 25-26).

Tribute Fest is Aug. 23-26 at Bayfront Festival Park. One More Time plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Tickets: Start at $15.

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