“A Christmas by the Lake – Volume VII” is set to release Nov. 21.
This year’s collection will feature 26 songs by musicians throughout the region.
“We’ve really put together a great variety of music and artists on this year’s CD,” said Tracy Lundeen, executive producer of the album.
A release party is planned for the Greysolon Plaza Ballroom at 5 p.m. Nov. 21. A number of the musicians featured on the album are slated to give live performances. Admission is free and copies of the album will be available to purchase.
The CDs will sell for $12 each and can be found at area Super One Foods, Pam’s Hallmark in the Miller Hill Mall and online at lundeenproductions.com.
Proceeds from the album’s sale will benefit the Bluebird Foundation, which was established in August. The foundation was established to advocate for regional kids in the arts.
For more information, call (218) 727-1177 or visit lundeenproductions.com.
Classical Minnesota Public Radio is looking for the gently used saxophone you’ve got stashed in the closet in the guest room.
The station’s Play it Forward program is a drive for individuals to donate instruments to Minnesota schools. This year’s drive is in November, and donors are asked to give an instrument to the school of their choosing. Go to classicalmpr.org/playitforward, enter a ZIP code to find area-specific donation information.
The school will lend the instruments to qualifying students for use in band and orchestra.
Donations are tax deductible. Owners are responsible for assessing the value of their own instruments.
Alabaster Falls, a four-piece acoustic group that plays folk and bluegrass styles, will hit the West Duluth Branch of the Duluth Public Library, 5830 Grand Ave., on Oct. 8 and the main library, 520 W. Superior St., on Oct. 10 for a pair of free performances. Both shows are at 6:30 p.m.
The group, which is on a tour of regional libraries, is comprised of bass, mandolin, guitar and Dobro players who individually can sing lead as well as harmonize as a unit. Their website says they’re “one of the most listenable bands around” and that “they have an easy manner on stage, and a knack for connecting with an audience.”
Both shows are sponsored by the Duluth Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System, and they are funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Go to alabasterfalls.com for more on the band.
A documentary about Aro is scheduled to air on WDSE-WRPT in December. (Photo courtesy of WDSE-WRPT)
WDSE-TV wants to know if you have any “Finn-glish” memories or mementos of musician Bobby Aro.
The famed northern Minnesota radio star, singer and entertainer put St. Louis County’s Highway 7 on the map (not literally; a cartographer probably did that). WDSE-WRPT is searching for memorabilia and memories for a new Aro documentary that is set to air in December.
If you have any souvenirs, stories, pictures, film and/or video of Aro you’d like to share, contact WDSE-WRPT at firstname.lastname@example.org, (218) 788-2831 or (888) 563-9373.
Charlie Parr is an internationally touring artist, but — unlike another folk star who came from Duluth — fame never has taken him too far from home. He still regularly performs in the Twin Ports.
Tonight the singer-songwriter will perform at The Underground in the Depot as part of the Song, Interrupted series. Not only will you hear Parr’s signature Americana/blues music, but he’ll also be talking about his journey into music, the story behind some of his songs and answering audience questions.
It all starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $5.
In one of the last Chester Creek concerts of the summer, the bluegrass band Fish Heads will play today. The local band, which has been together for 25 years, will start its set at 7 p.m. at Chester Bowl, 1800 E. Skyline Parkway. The concert is free; bring a lawn chair.
Though the weather forecast predicts sun, you can always call the concert hot line at (218) 730-4326 to check if the show is canceled due to weather. It’s updated after 6 p.m.
Volunteers are needed for a couple of projects at the Duluth Armory on Saturday, the Duluth Armory Arts and Music Center said.
If you’re in a destructive mood, you can help tear down the brick wall at the ramp on 13th Avenue East. If you’re feeling more constructive, you can help repaint the front stairway on London Road.
Two shifts are available: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., with lunch and live music provided from noon to 1 p.m. for all of the volunteers. You can volunteer if you’re younger than 18, but you need to bring an adult with you.
You need to dress for the weather and for the work: leather, steel-toed boots are best (and flip-flops a big mistake, so be smart) if you’re involved in demolition work. The arts and music center will provide gloves, safety glasses and tools.
Contact Clare Ford at (218) 722-1693 or email@example.com and indicate the shift in which you’re interested. Walk-in volunteers will be welcome, the arts group says.
Preston Gunderson has paid his dues in the music world. The Virginia, Minn., native will be sharing the tricks of the trade Wednesday at the Duluth Public Library.
The singer-guitarist, who was a casting finalist for this year’s “The Voice” on NBC, released “The Recluse — EP” last year; it was in the top 25 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. On Wednesday, he’ll play songs from that release and “While I Was Gone,” as well as sharing his story and offering songwriting tips. The program starts at 3 p.m.
Looks like it’s back to the drawing board, or at least the sculptor’s table, for the Bob Dylan-inspired sculpture that was to be created and displayed in Duluth.
Minnesota Public Radio’s Dan Kraker reported Friday that the Kickstarter campaign by Cohasset artist Tom Page failed to meet its $159,000 goal, putting the 12½-foot-tall bronze sculpture, which shows Dylan playing his guitar with his coat “blowing in the wind,” in jeopardy.
The two-month Kickstarter campaign raised $15,425. No money is collected, though, if the goal isn’t met.
Page, 64, told MPR that he isn’t sure about the next step, but he has a “very loose Plan B” that he isn’t ready to make public.
If you were around during the 1970s in Duluth, you might remember the band Sound Incorporated. They made the rounds on local radio stations, and their biggest hit, “Dreams,” was No. 1 on the local charts for 10 weeks in 1970 (it’s on YouTube for those who’d like a trip down memory lane).
The baby boomer musicians are still around, and they’ll be playing their classic tunes at Chester Bowl (1800 E. Skyline Parkway) on Tuesday as part of the Chester Creek Concert Series. They start at 7 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the ’70s for a price everyone will like: free.