NorShor Theater

Pert Near Sandstone

This Minnesota quintet has been making high-energy, foot-stomping string band music (complete with percussion from a clogger) for over a decade. They founded the Blue Ox Festival, have appeared at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and since their last visit to our studio did their first tour of Europe. We caught up with them when they joined us in the studio on November 15; they performed later the same night at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth with dobro legend Jerry Douglas and Useful Jenkins.

Pert Near Sandtstone
Pert Near Sandtstone

  Mojo and Bob & Blue Ox Music Festival are excited to present a special night of bluegrass and roots music at the NorShor Theatre in Duluth, MN on Friday, November 15th. You're not going to want to miss this one.

Pert Near Sandstone will be fiddling, picking and stomping throughout the night. They sold out the last time they played NorShor in 2018 with Charlie Parr.

Jerry Douglas, 13-time Grammy winner and one of the world's greatest dobro players, will take the stage solo but is rumored to join Pert Near Sandstone during their performance.

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 4/19

Apr 18, 2019
Ty Helbach Photography

Norshore Summit, Honest Maude
Indie folk, celebrate Norshore Summit’s debut album
Rex Bar
Friday, April 19 | 9:30pm | $5 | 21+

Siama Matuzungidi
Intricate acoustic guitar, spirited singing, and rhythmic soul played with traditional African instruments
Sacred Heart Music Center
Friday, April 19 | 7:30pm | $15

Yam Haus, VILD*
Alternative pop and rock
The Red Herring Lounge
Friday, April 19 | 9pm | $5 | 18+

KUMD is a proud sponsor of the Mental Health Awareness Concert presented by

Martin Sexton performing at NorShor Theater 1/12

Dec 20, 2018

Martin Sexton will be in Duluth trying out new material as well as re-inventing his own classics for a critically-acclaimed solo performance. Chris Trapper will open. doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets available: online at or by phone (866) 300-8300 or in person at the NorShor box office (cash only). 

Tune in to KUMD on Friday, January 4 during Music through the day and on Satruday, January 5 during Folk Migrations for your chance to win tickets to the show!

Duluth's historic NorShor Theatre is boarded up and barricaded - and the Duluth Playhouse couldn't be happier.

After years of changing hands, neglect, abandonment and a lot of wrangling to put together financing, the work to renovate and restore the 1912 vaudeville house has begun.

More information about the NorShor Theatre - past, present and future - can be found here and on their Facebook page.

We catch up with Christine Seitz, executive director of the Duluth Playhouse, in the midst of giving a tour of Duluth's historic NorShore Theater.  We get to come along and hear about the plans for the renovation to its "former grandeur" and a source of community pride.