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New Music Venue Coming to Downtown Duluth

Updated: 05/21/2014 6:34 PM
Created: 05/21/2014 5:46 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

Duluth has a growing music scene, and soon music lovers will have a new venue to hear their favorite artists.

It may not look like the Red Herring Lounge is ready to open in just two weeks, but owner Bob Monahan says they are right on schedule.

"As much as it might seem like we have a lot to do, we have a lot of great workers," he explained.

The lounge is getting some finishing touches. Some would maybe see it as a facelift. Monahan tried to keep much of the original structure.

"When you walk in you're like, 'oh, this is really old," he said.

The exposed brick is over 130 years old. They even have an old window, now walled over on the other side, which was left there from when the building was the only one on the block.

First, the building housed a fish company, and most recently it was a bar. Now, Monahan said it's going to be much more than just a new watering hole.

"It is simple. It is really just a big room. There is a bar and there is a stage," he said.

The Red Herring was designed specifically as a music venue. They'll focus on local spirits and brew, but as for food? Music and art will have to fill your appetite.

They plan to have live music three to four nights a week.

"We'll have art openings quarterly, we'll have an open mic night, maybe poetry readings, hopefully have some theater, and maybe even a fashion show," said Monahan.

The lounge is downtown at 208 E. First St. It's half a block from the old Kozy apartments. Monahan said he hopes the Red Herring will be able to bring new life and creative art to the neighborhood.

"I lived a block away from here for three years and sort of watched the neighborhood go through a lot of change," he explained.

Monahan already runs Chaperone Records in Duluth. Eventually, they'll add a recording studio in the basement of the lounge. They'll also have a "green room" for their bands waiting to perform.

The first band will take the stage in two weeks for their Grand Opening Bonanza. Sixteen bands will perform on June 5, 6, and 7. Monahan announced the bands Wednesday.

Thursday, June 5

  • 7pm: Lion or Gazelle
  • 8: Fever Dream
  • 9: Germaine & Rich
  • 10: The People Say Fox
  • 11: Johnny Vee

Friday, June 6

  • 7pm: Charlie Parr
  • 8: Barbara Jean
  • 9: Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
  • 10: Red Mountain
  • 11: Southwire w/ Ben Weaver
  • 12: Strange Names

Saturday, June 7

  • 8pm: Sarah Krueger
  • 9: The Murder of Crows
  • 10: Wood Blind
  • 11: The Social Disaster
  • 12: Mark Mallman

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