Duluth kicks off block party series July 14

DULUTH — The city of Duluth is hosting a new event called “No Reason Block Party.” It will be held the second Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. July through October on the Town Green.

The series will kick off July 14 and feature “Smokey’s Farmland Band” as well as some old-fashioned, farm-style activities.

The “Farmland Band” recently opened for Willie Nelson in New Orleans as well as Sam Bush at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.

Their music is dedicated to the festival experience, camping and dancing in the community and people who appreciate getting back to the farm from time to time.

The band’s music is a mixture of its favorite influences like bluegrass, rock, cajun, reggae, funk, gypsy jazz, and progressive jams. While they do venture outside of traditional music, they respect the roots of bluegrass and retain the energy and twang of mountain music. Their genre bending style will keep listeners on their toes.

The event will feature sack races, tug of war, carnival games and pony rides. It is free to the public but a fee will be charged for food, drink and some of the activities.

The series will feature “The Woodys” Aug. 4, “Jonathan Gale Rock & Roll Stories in Sept. 8, and “The BordCollies” on Oct. 13.

For more information, visit www.duluthga.net.