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Best bets: FEmn Fest, 'Take It With You' goes sci-fi and more

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Haley plays as part of FEmn Fest, a first time festival that runs Friday-Sunday in Duluth. 2014 file/ News Tribune2 / 3
Kevin Quinn performs Saturday at Bayfront Festival Park. Photo courtesy of Kern and Kompany. 3 / 3

Get unapologetically female

A first-time, fem-friendly festival — billed as unapologetically female — runs Friday through Sunday and will include music, art, films, workshops and connection.

FEmn Fest, which has a lineup of female-identifying performers, has its opening cermony at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center. Throughout the weekend there will be music by artists like Emily Haavik, Christine Hoberg, Haley, Glitter Lung, Venus DeMars and Jerree Small. Workshop topics include "Beyond the Binary: Embracing Spectrum Identities," "Making Waves: A Brief History of Feminist Activism in the Northland," "An Intro to Ethical Non-Monogamy" and "Language/Sexism."

FEmn Fest is Sept. 15-17 at venues at Sacred Heart Music Center and the Center for American Indian Resources parking lot. Tickets: $50/day or $100 for a weekend pass at femnfest.com

Other-worldly players

This season, your funny friends at "Take It With You" have been considering genre fiction with their monthly Duluth-centric live show-turned-podcast.

Up next: Sci-fi. According to the blurb: Blake and the gang will encounter an "invasive sonic disturbance that threatens to transfigure all life as (they) know it."

Can the gang put the kibosh on it? Plus local guests and catchy tunes by Blake Thomas. Catch it live, or wait for it to show up on a podcast-hosting app near you.

"Take It With You" plays at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Underground. Tickets: $15 at duluthplayhouse.org

Disney star plays Bayfront

Disney Channel star Kevin Quinn ("Bunk'd," "Adventures in Babysitting") will give a free performance at Bayfront Festival Park during the annual Balloon Fest.

Music-wise, Quinn was part of Season 12 of "American Idol," sings the theme song for his TV show and has been known to burst into song on Instagram Live or YouTube. Recommended viewing: His big, bold take on Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." Quinn is building up his catalog with the plan to release an EP.

Meanwhile, Balloon Fest runs all weekend with potential balloon launches and other balloon-related events — in addition to a craft brew village and Sunday's Color Run 5K.

Kevin Quinn performs at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bayfront Festival Park. Duluth Balloon Festival is Sept. 15-17 at Bayfront Festival Park. Free, open to the public.

Stompin' blues

The 4onthefloor is floating its show on a Great Lake near you: Stomper's Cruise is a two-plus hour tour on a Vista Fleet with music by the stompin' blues band, fronted by Gabriel Douglas, billed as being born in the bottom of a bourbon bottle.

Afterward, The 4onthefloor plays at The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St., with Black-eyed Snakes and Tabah.

Stomper's Cruise boards at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Vista Fleet, 323 Harbor Dr. Tickets: $20 at eventbrite.com

Seek Asylum

A Minneapolis-bred punk band plays a show alongside another 1990s throwback.

Soul Asylum, fronted by its only remaining original member, is best known for songs like "Somebody to Shove" and "Runaway Train," which won a Grammy Award for best rock song in 1994. Gin Blossoms' breakout song was "Hey Jealousy," and they followed up with songs like "Found Out About You," "'Til I Hear it From You" and "Follow You Down."

Soul Asylum and Gin Blossoms play at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Black Bear Casino Resort, 1785 MN-210, Carlton. Tickets start at $30 at blackbearcasinoresort.com

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