Saturday, May 13, 2017

for Festiversary '17!

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Take It With You Cast

Various cast members will MC on the Festiverary Stages

Set in a watering hole on the shores of Lake Superior this live radio play and podcast follows Blake Thomas and a colorful group of his multi-talented pals, patrons & employees as they stumble through each new 60-minute adventure, filled with original music, laughs, sound effects, conversation & beer swilling! Advice from local leaders, authors, experts, and business owners, plus performances from regional guest artists, round out every show captured in front of a live audience at The Underground Theatre in Duluth, Minnesota (and now coming to a city near you)!


Two Harbors Ukulele Group

Main Stage 2 - 2:45 pm

Sort of what it sounds like - We are a group of ukulele players from Two Harbors, Minnesota, on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior!


Ben Weaver

Acoustic Stage 2:45 - 3:30 pm

Ben Weaver is a songwriter, poet, father, letterpress printer and adventure advocate. He has released 8 studio albums of original music and 4 books of poetry. The bicycle is his chosen mode of transport for all activities in all kinds of weather. Given the choice he will side with the animals, mountains, trees, lakes and rivers.



Main Stage 3:30 - 4:15 pm

WoodBlind features the combo of Duluth mainstay and guitarist Jason Wussow and Los Angeles studio/ touring bass player Veikko Lepisto. Wussow’s credits include the bands Flux Skapacitor, No Room to Pogo, Yeltzi, Fuzzy Ellis and ownership of all-ages music venue Beaner’s Central. Lepisto has worked with Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Royal Crown Revue and Bette Midler while on the West Coast. Teamed together they make acoustic ska à la 1960s’ Jamaica and 70s’ England. Their sets include traditional reggae, ska versions of classic rock and R&B hits, and original rocksteady numbers.


Teague Alexy

Acoustic Stage 4:15 - 5 pm

Teague Alexy's music and writing is deeply rooted in Americana after touring the country for nearly a decade with brother Ian in their foot-stomping duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. If you listen close to the swing of Teague's voice, guitar and harmonica you can hear he has not completely forgotten growing up in South Jersey an aspiring DJ and rapper. If you listen to Teague's wordplay, you can still hear a hint of the Irish storytellers he descended from. It is an ever-expanding backdrop for an original and profound American musician, writer and storyteller.


Space Carpet

Main Stage 5 - 5:45 pm

In 2015, Space Carpet won the right to collaborate with the biggest band in town: the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. A November “Bridge Sessions” contest win allowed singer/guitarist Rory Isakson, singer/ukulele player Jen West, lead guitarist Steve Isakson, bass player Ken Thiemann and drummer Tyler Dubla to bring their big psych-rock sound and creative, boundary pushing folk music to the DSSO stage for a night of sonic adventure. And that’s what Space Carpet has been doing for the last three years: exploring the dark corners and extreme edges of music whenever they have the chance.


Crooked Willow

Acoustic Stage 5:45 - 6:30 pm

Rooted in friendship and family Crooked Willow plays a mixture of different Americana styles. Elisi Smith croons lead vocals, plays kazoo, and picks the banjoele, Kari Gallagher shines on fiddle, Dan Driesen brings lead guitar, Tim Waller plays rhythm guitar and sings, Erik Hanson plucks the upright bass they are often accompanied by special guests. They cover great artists like Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Old Crow Medicine Show, with a few original tunes sprinkled in and love to focus on fun harmonies and toe-tapping rhythms.


Group Toast with Mayor Larson, Advancing Lincoln Park & the Take It With You MCs!

Main Stage 6:30 pm


Big Wave Dave and the Ripples

Main Stage 6:45 - 8 pm

Duluth based band comprised of a singer, rhythm section, and a four piece horn section playing funk/soul/blues/rock music to get people movin’ their feet. We do covers and originals, play in bars, outdoors, private events, and even in sub-zero temperatures from time to time!