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Don Ness and Duluth musicians re-inaugurate NorShor Theatre

One chapter in the long and complicated history of Duluth’s NorShor Theatre is the role it played as a rock venue and casual hangout for the city’s burgeoning music scene of the late ’90s and early 2000s when heavy hitters like Low, Trampled By Turtles, and Charlie Parr were just starting their careers. Following that […]

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Gaelynn Lea to play the State Department

Since winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, Duluth violinist and singer Gaelynn Lea has landed gigs across the country, including a TEDx Talk at Yale University and in-studio performances at public radio stations. Her venues have ranged from schools to restaurants to a decommissioned Masonic temple. Last summer she played with Murder of Crows bandmate […]

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Friday Five: Gaelynn Lea, P.O.S, and more new Minnesota music videos

Gaelynn Lea, “Watch the World Unfold” Since winning last year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest, violinist/songwriter Gaelynn Lea has toured non-stop. But her newest video, a stop-motion piece by New Jersey’s Melanie Schantz, breathes tranquility. Lea and guitarist Al Church, along with a couple dozen other Minnesota artists, are headed to South by Southwest this week.  P.O.S, […]

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In TEDx Talk, Gaelynn Lea addresses America’s beauty culture

Using her violin, voice, and live looping pedals, singer-songwriter Gaelynn Lea is able to fill a room with undeniable emotion. A longtime standby of the Duluth music scene who gained national recognition when she won last year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest, she often speaks about living with a disability, overcoming hardship, and the true joy of music. […]

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Watch Gaelynn Lea join Lucius onstage at First Avenue

Last night, Lucius played a sold-out concert at First Avenue’s Mainroom, and they welcomed a local guest onstage: none other than Gaelynn Lea, the Duluth singer-songwriter who recently made national headlines when she won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. Lucius’s Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe were both judges in the contest. “Hers was the one melody […]

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