9 a.m. - Children’s run
Children ages 4-6 & 7-10 can meet at the Rhubarb Festival Children’s Tent on London Road by 9 a.m. to race 1/8 mile or 1/4 mile around Leif Erickson Park. An announcement will be made prior to the start of the race, which is sponsored by the Duluth Running Company. All children are welcome to participate, and everyone wins!
9:15 a.m. - Rhubarb blessing
There will be a blessing of the rhubarb and all those who are volunteering and attending the festival. A community-sung blessing song follows. The rhubarb blessing will be given by Sister Lois Eckes of the St. Scholastica Monastery.
9:30 a.m. - Jim Hall
Jim Hall's brand of traditional folk music has been known throughout the Twin Ports for years. In 1966, Hall began his 47-year artistic journey in music. Though he is well-known as a multi-instrumentalist, Hall is at his best when he sits alone under a single blue spot, guitar in hand, with his enduring repertoire at his disposal. Hall has become a tradition on the Rhubarb Festival stage show over the past ten years.
10:15 a.m. - Riverside Bog Stompers
The Riverside Bog Stompers will be making their first performance at the Rhubarb Festival this year. The classic five-person bluegrass band is based out of Duluth and features guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and bass. Riverside Bog Stompers includes Dave Darnell, Leah Darnell, John Bankson, Mark Laiti, and Emily Darnell. You may have seen the group at various other venues throughout Duluth, staying true to their old-time, bluegrass music origins.
11 a.m. - Duluth Playhouse
The Duluth Playhouse will be doing performances by two groups - Les Miserables and the Boogers. Les Miserables, the world's greatest musical that will be performing July 16-19 at the DECC auditorium, will perform three songs: Castle in a Cloud, Master of the House, and A Heart Full of Love. The Boogers present Adventures of a Rock Named Sticky, performing at the Underground in the Depot Saturdays in July. The story is about the Stevenson siblings and their annoying cousin as they use their time machine to travel through time to explore the history of their pet rock named Sticky. Their imaginations are charged for adventure!
11:45 a.m. - Vivielle
Vivielle formed in late 2012 when Nathaniel Harvie had an impromptu jam session with some friends. This spur-of-the-moment session is what joined Harvie, Lino Rauzi, Joe Rauzi, and Rosalie Uggla in their band Vivielle. The group is a Duluth-based indie rock band that performs throughout the Twin Ports. A few of the group's influences include Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Cloud Cult, Brandi Carlile, Band of Horses, Low, and Beck.
12:30 p.m. - Deb Cooper
The 2012 Duluth Poet Laureate, Deb Cooper, has long-worked collaboratively with visual artists, musicians, and dancers. Some of Cooper's books include "Between the Branches," "Redirection of the Heart," and "Between the Ceiling and the Moon." Cooper has shared her words of poetry at several past Rhubarb Festivals, and she will be sharing some of her new work at this year's festival.
12:45 p.m. - Claudia Schmidt
Claudia is a powerful vocalist and adventurous artist, who combines lively folk, jazz, and blues with rich poetry and playful humor. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia eventually pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of "A Prairie Home Companion." Mixing folk, jazz, traditional ballads, and breathtaking originals, there's not a style she can't master. Claudia's incredible voice and charismatic stage presence make her a marvel in concert.
1:45 p.m. - Terrance Smith
Joining this year's Rhubarb Festival is Terrance Smith, who not only provides great folk music, but also leads folk dancing among the crowd. Smith has led folk dancing programs throughout the Twin Ports, and he is known for his energy and ability to get the crown involved. For 25 years Smith has fostered monthly community dances at the North House Folk School, as well as calling and arranging bands for festivals, weddings, and special events. Because of the large number of events he has been part of, Smith has become adept at assessing groups and choosing attainable, traditional dances that focus group energy. Smith will be performing on the street near the stage show.
2 p.m. - Largest Rhubarb Stalk and Leaf Contests
Bring your rhubarb stalk or leaf, and enter it into the contest! You can bring your stalk or leaf throughout the day to the contest booth. Judging for this contest will take place at 2 p.m., and winners will be announced at the stage show.
2:15 p.m. - Larry Long
Larry Long’s American Roots Revue celebrates in story and song the many nations of people who call this country home. The performance will draw upon the musical roots of the Anishinabe Ojibwe Nation, Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie, and Billie Holiday to the present day. The group features gospel powerhouse Tonia Hughes, gifted activist songwriter Larry Long, creative dynamo J.D. Steele, and keeper and singer of the song Waubanewquay – Dorene Day. Members of the band include Marc Anderson (percussion), Billy Franze (guitar), Yohannes Tona (bass) and Brian Ziemniak (keyboards). Join us at the festival stage show for our headlining group!