Best bets: Trampled at Bayfront, throwback hip-hop, and Bigfoot
Trampled and friends return to Bayfront.
Trampled By Turtles returns to headline a show at Bayfront Festival Park alongside other Minnesota-friendly acts, including Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel, Superior Siren and Teague Alexy Band.
Trampled By Turtles, which recently released "Life is Good on the Open Road," has traditionally played a midsummer show at the park and has known to out-sell even Bob Dylan. True story.
Remember that time the show got rained out, but Trampled waited out the storm and then played a smaller, wetter show for however many decided muddy shoes were whatever. So good.
Bad Bad Hats is a Minneapolis-based indie pop-punk band, Charlie Parr is Charlie Parr, The Last Revel leans old-timey, Superior Siren is a lyrically-strong dark folk band and Teague Alexy Band is funtime, windows-down, open road folk.
Trampled By Turtles, etc., play a show that starts at 4 p.m. July 7 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets: $25 in advance at etix.com.
A 1990s Cleveland-bred hip-hop act known for its twist-of-lyrics (see also: "Crossroads") plays Duluth with other throwback acts — Naughty By Nature and Coolio.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Crossroads," which was a tribute to Eazy-E, won a Grammy Award. They released the album "New Waves" about a year ago.
Naughty By Nature is best known for "O.P.P." and Coolio, "Fantastic Voyage," "Gangsta's Paradise" played The Rex about six years ago.
Summer Throwback plays at 6 p.m. July 6 at Bayfront Festival Park. Tickets: Start at $32 at etix.com.
Texasota Jam goes public
A private party that paid homage to that I-35 connection between Minnesota and Texas is now a public party and includes of lineup of bands with roots in either of those two states.
The 12th annual Texasota Independence Jam's lineup includes Emily Haavik & The 35s, Hill Country Hustlers, Steven James & the Revival, Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh.
Texasota Independence Jam is 6-11 p.m. July 7 at Island Lake Park Pavilion, 7204 Rice Lake Road. Tickets: $10 in advance at texasotajam.com; $15 at the door. 12 and younger are free.
Ways to pay homage to Bigfoot: storytelling, foot races and other sports, scavenger hunts, Bigfoot bingo, and a Bigfoot calling contest held, appropriately, at the pub and the last event of the night.
Remer, Minn., is at least partly known for Bigfoot sightings dating back to the 1800s and, over the years, the Bigfoot-ians have lived in peaceful coexistence with residents.
Bigfoot Days is July 6-7 at spots in Remer, Minn. For a full schedule, go to homeofbigfoot.com.
Tell a tale
This edition of Gag Me With a Spoon includes featured 'tellers like Paul Lundgren of Perfect Duluth Day, Michael Hillmeyer and Mina Kaiser.
The community storyshare is a sort of group-hug of an event. The featured speakers share a tale alongside those who just spontaneously erupt from their chair with something to say. Also, music by Venus DeMars (who also plays July 9 at Blush with Nat Harvie Trio and AMY HZL).
Gag Me With a Spoon is at 7 p.m. July 8 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St.
Crowd the shore
The Latelys, a big soulful sounding trio, plays this week's edition of Concerts on the Pier.
The series, set in the backyard of Glensheen mansion, features local favs playing on a certain jut of concrete for an audience that crowds the shore — or cruises in for a kayak-eye view.
Bring your own blanket (or boat?).
The Latelys play at 6 p.m. July 11 at Glensheen pier, 3300 London Rd. Tickets: Free.
"Threads: A Photography and Prose Poetry Collaboration" combines works by Heidi Mae Niska and Julie Gard.
The artists have been working together since 2013 — before they met, according to a press release. After a photo exhibit at Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors, they continued to create pieces based on the other's work.
For this exhibit, works will be shows on paper and large pieces of silk fabric. The opening will includes reading, looking, listening — and potentially creating something new.
Niska is an artist drawn to Northeastern Minnesota and Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. She has shown work locally, throughout Minnesota and in Thailand. Gard, an associate professor of writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, recently released "Scrap: On Louise Nevelson."
"Threads" opening reception is 6-8 p.m. July 7 at Lyric Center for the Arts, First Stage Gallery, 510 Chestnut St., Virginia. Exhibition runs through July 28. Free, open to the public.