Best Bets: Tribute Fest, Indigo Girls and More

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Tribute takeover

Musical acts channeling the sounds, styles and school-boy costumes of bands ranging from Shania Twain to The Doors to The Beatles to AC/DC will play The Tribute Fest, a benefit for Homeless Veterans that is in its ninth year.

The four-day event kicked off Wednesday with One More Time, a Daft Punk tribute. The Aug. 24 lineup leans country, and Friday and Saturday are classic rock ‘n’ roll.

Some of the featured acts include Savannah Cole, a former Miss Minnesota who will perform works by Shania Twain, local crooner Todd Eckart, Paranoid Floyd and its take on Pink Floyd, and Tribute Fest regulars Freebird, which plays Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes, and Hells Bells, which plays AC/DC.

Tribute Fest continues Aug. 24-26 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets start at $15 and are available at or at the gate.

Heartache Tonight, an Eagles tribute band, plays Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park as part of the ninth annual Tribute Fest. Photo from


Aug. 24

• 4 p.m.: Rage N Country (variety)

• 6 p.m.: Savannah Cole (Shania Twain)

• 8 p.m.: Country Artists Tribute (Toby Keith and Jason Aldean)

Aug. 25

• 3 p.m.: Todd Eckart (crooner, country, rock ‘n’ roll)

• 4:30 p.m.: Dust N’ Bones (Guns N’ Roses)

• 6 p.m.: The Doors Tribute (The Doors)

• 7:30 p.m.: Kid Rock Tribute (Kid Rock)

• 9:30 p.m.: Paranoid Floyd (Pink Floyd)

Aug. 26

• Noon: The Dweebs Experience (variety)

• 2 p.m.: Rubber Soul (The Beatles)

• 3:30 p.m.: Project 3:13 (REO Speedwagon)

• 5:30 p.m.: Freebird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

• 7:30 p.m.: Heartache Tonight (The Eagles)

• 9:30 p.m.: Hells Bells (AC/DC)

Get closer to fine

Gen-X super folksters the Indigo Girls return to the area for a concert Saturday at Big Top Chautauqua.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been playing together for decades, and the duo’s best-known songs include “Closer to Fine,” “Galileo,” “Least Complicated” and “Power of Two” — one of many from the discography that begs for a top-of-the-lungs reprisal on a dusty road in August.

Becky Warren, a Nashville-based musician who released “War Surplus” last year, opens.

Indigo Girls play at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Big Top Chautauqua, 32525 Ski Hill Road, Bayfield. Tickets: Start at $55, available at

Teague Alexy plays Leif Erikson

Teague Alexy Band, fresh from the April release of “Circuit Sessions,” plays a show Aug. 24 at Leif Erikson Park.

Alexy, who also plays with his brother Ian Alexy in Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, is an old-school storyteller with a collection of tunes best experienced in wide open spaces.

Also playing: Markus J. Dandy & The Complete Lack Thereof.

Teague Alexy plays at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Leif Erikson Park, 1301 London Rd. Tickets: Free, open to the public.

Darsombra plays today at The Red Herring Lounge. Photo courtesy of the band.


A Baltimore-based trans-apocalyptic galaxy rock band brings its drone-plus-visuals to Duluth for a show at The Red Herring Lounge.

Darsombra, composed of guitarist Brian Daniloski and Ann Everton, vids and synth, does things like dress in flowy white to play music in the wind atop Sugarloaf Mountain at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona or blasts live via Facebook in Lost Springs, Wyo., during the Total Solar Eclipse.

Also playing: Comets ov Cupid, Brian Bradley, Anatomy of Ruminants.

Darsombra plays at 8 p.m. Aug 24 at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St. Tickets: $5 at the door.

Food, folks, fun

Go south, young friends. The Minnesota State Fair and all of its food-animals-grandstand glory opens Aug. 24. The 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together will include acts like Usher (Aug. 31), Stevie Nicks (Aug. 25), and Garrison Keillor (Sept.1) and new food like the the brown ale and onion gouda tipsy pie (Sara’s Tipsy Pies), cheesy nacho corn on the cob (Texas Steak Out) and triple truffle trotters (The Blue Barn).

But the big news is the big wheel: the tallest traveling ferris wheel on the continent (156 feet tall, 36 gondolas, so many lights).

The Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 24-Sept. 4 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.