Mark Schultz (submitted photo above) and Point of Grace are playing at Duluth Denfeld at 7 p.m. Saturday night as part of the 30-city "Come Alive" fall tour. Tickets are $25 for the artist circle and $20 for general admission. Go to www.echoconcerts.com. Schultz, a Christian singer/songwriter, recently released the album "Come Alive," which was inspired by family members dealing with cancer, special needs, and the artist’s coast-to-coast bike ride that raised $250,000 for the James Fund, which provides assitance to widows and orphans. He is at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriters list and has nine No. 1 radio hits. Point of Grace is gospel music with crossover country appeal.
DEVIL WENT DOWN TO SHELL LAKE
The Shell Lake Arts Center is hosting, what they call, Wisconsin’s only fiddle contest. Fiddlers perform for the pros: Linda Breitag, Nori Perrine, Mia Quilan, and John Pisa. The beginners division starts at 10 a.m., and intermediate and advanced participants start at 3 p.m.
Laura MacKenzie and Gary Rue, a Twin Cities-based duo, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hayward’s Park Theater. MacKenzie, when performing solo, is known for traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Minnesota Public Radio called her "The high priestess of Celtic music." She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. Rue’s Web site is an exceptionally fun read with bits like: Writer and vocalist for commercials like "Mall of America There’s a Place for Fun in Your Life." His songs have been recorded by Nick Lowe and Helen Reddy. I won’t even go into the photo on his home page. … Tix are $15 at the door, $12 in advance. Call (715)634-4596.
The Echoes of Peace Choir, directed by Sara Thomsen, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Weber Music Hall at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Special guests include: Lyz Jaakola, The Anishinaabe Youth Chorus, and Oshkii Giizhik Singers. The Echoes of Peace Choir is a non-audition community-based choir that sings songs about justice, peace, hope, and longing from all over the world. Admission to the concert is a free will donation, and the proceeds go to Mending the Sacred Hoop, a prgram of the Duluth Abuse & Intervention Project that focuses on ending violence against Native women and their children.
In a recent interview, Solon Springs artist Jeredt Runions made a joke about the massive amount of lighthouse and seagull art that can be found locally. Except … I don’t think he was kidding. Runions and nine other artists are joining forces for a show called "No Lighthouses or Lakeviews" at the Venue at Mohaupt Block, 2024 W. Superior St. The opening is 7 p.m. Saturday, with an after party at The Rex, 600 E. Superior St. Music by Gypsy Lumberjacks. Art by Runions, etc., will hang through November.