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Gov. Walz officially proclaims Minnesota Music Month

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Each year, Minnesotans set aside a month to celebrate the state’s music community. Now, Governor Tim Walz has made the celebration official, by proclaiming April “Minnesota Music Month.” The proclamation gives a shout-out to some of the artists who have shaped the Minnesota music scene, from Bob Dylan and Prince to Dessa and Lizzo. It…

Duluth’s Red Herring Lounge to close on June 10, says owner

After precisely five years as a music venue in downtown Duluth, the Red Herring Lounge will close on June 10. The news comes via a Facebook post from owner Bob Monahan, who notes that the venue’s 1st Street building is up for sale. “It has been a WILD RIDE to say the least,” writes Monahan,…

Sixty years later, remembering 'The Day the Music Died'

The Day the Music Died

Sixty years ago this week, the Winter Dance Party concert tour was crisscrossing Minnesota and neighboring states, featuring Ritchie Valens, J.P. 'the Big Bopper' Richardson and Buddy Holly. Then came 'The Day the Music Died.'

Low to headline benefit concert for Boomchucks’ Jamie Ness, injured in a fall

This Saturday, Jan. 26, four Duluth acts are helping north country musician Jamie Ness cover the cost of medical and dental bills after a workplace accident. The “Medical/Dental Relief Party” at the Rex Bar in Duluth’s Fitger’s Hotel will include music from Low, Jerree Small, Ingeborg Von Agassiz, and Kyle Ollah, as well as live…

Friday Five: Best Minnesota music videos of 2018

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Morning, everyone. I’ve had the pleasure of watching hundreds of Minnesota music videos this year, and as 2018 comes to a close, I wanted to revisit some of my favorites. There’s no impartial ranking here, as I’m just one person with a set of eyes and ears. But I did my best to provide a…

Top 89 of 2018: Best Local Artists

The Current's Top 89 of 2018

The Current's Top 89 countdown is our main year-end event, but we're supplementing the song list with some fabulous bonus categories, including Best Local Artists.