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Duluth to celebrate Fall Festival with kickoff concert

DULUTH -- Two weeks before the official Duluth Fall Festival kicks off, the organizers of the event decided to throw a concert tonight for the community at the Duluth Festival Center Amphitheater.

"The concert is a gift to the city," Kay Montgomery, co-chairman of the festival said. "We always used to have it during the festival. Frankly, all of us working and volunteering during it were too wiped out from working all day to enjoy the music."

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. with local artist Betty Seni. She will perform a rendition of "America" in tribute to 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11.

In between acts, the city of Duluth is unveiling its new T-shirt for the community. All of the colors and designs have been keep quiet from the public until today.

At 8 p.m., Lawrenceville's house band The Rupert Orchestra takes the stage. The band will perform songs from current Top 40 hits to Motown, R&B, classic rock and Big Band Swing. There is a little something for every one.

"When we look for a band, we like a party dancing band so the people can really enjoy the concert," Montgomery said. "It seems to really get the people going."

There will be a dance floor open for anyone brave enough to strut their stuff during the performance.

The city expects a few thousand people to attend the concert. Seating is limited in the amphitheater -- bringing lawn chairs and blankets is encouraged. The concert is expected to end at 10 p.m.