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Concerts on the Pier | Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold

September 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

Concerts on the Pier - Only at Glensheen. Water and shoreline with spectators lining a rocky beach and in the water on kayaks and boats.

Concerts on the Pier | Wednesdays in July & August⁠
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm⁠
Gates open at 5:00 pm⁠
Music from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm⁠

Experience a Duluth tradition at Concerts on the Pier at Glensheen Mansion, perched along the shores of Lake Superior! Artists play on the historic pier, jutting out into Lake Superior.

At Concerts, guests can connect with neighbors and friends, play lawn games, grab some grub from a local food truck, enjoy a refreshing drink, eat local-favorite Love Creamery ice cream, or take a seat by a lakeside campfire.


Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold’s unique sound blends soulful lead vocals with rich harmonies and virtuosic instrumentalism. Steeped in musical traditions of folk, bluegrass, country, classic rock, and blues, Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold offers a genre-blending Americana sound that is captivating, invigorating, and sure to get your toe tapping. Based in Duluth, MN, the band is comprised of songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist Danny Frank, banjo player Harrison Olk (Tin Can Gin, Cascade Crescendo, Kind Country Band), bassist Joe Scarpellino (Smokin’ Joe, Dead Larry), and fiddle savant Erin Aldridge (Concert Master – Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra).

– Service animals are welcome, however, Glensheen does not allow pets or emotional support animals on the property
– Beverages available for purchase⁠
– Glass and outside alcohol is not allowed⁠
– Smoking & vaping is not permitted while on the property
– Food available for purchase from multiple food trucks⁠
– Picnics/delivery/outside food is allowed, but please no large coolers⁠.⁠
– No onsite kayak launching available- please see kayak and canoe information below⁠
-Yard games (cornhole, Jenga, and more) available to play
-Kids & family activities provided by the Duluth YMCA

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Catering by Bellisios will provide local beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options available for purchase.⁠

Love Creamery ice cream and snacks will be available for purchase in the garage each night.⁠

Walk, bike, kayak, boat, or ride share here!
LIMITED parking is available onsite, so those who plan to drive should arrive early. Please avoid driving here if you can.
If you are driving here, please be kind to our neighbors and follow the City of Duluth’s parking rules. https://duluthmn.gov/parking/on-street-parking/

NEW to Concerts, we will be running a shuttle bus (thanks to Voyageur Bus Company) from UMD’s Maroon Lot B (see map image) by the Heikkila Chemistry & Advanced Materials Science Building (HCAMS) down to Glensheen and back. Parking in this lot is FREE. The bus will be running on a continuous loop to and from Glensheen and UMD’s Maroon Lot B between 5PM (first pick up at UMD) and 9PM (last boarding at Glensheen at 8:30PM).

A map of a parking lot with locations identified for parking at UMD.

If you plan to ride the bus, we would kindly ask that you donate $5 per rider to the Friends of Glensheen fund (https://buff.ly/451o8Yv) to help support the ongoing operations of our nonprofit museum. We will have QR codes to scan on the bus and a physical donation receptacle at Glensheen for those wishing to donate with cash. This is a great option for folks looking to get dropped off right by the front gate!

Glensheen DOES NOT offer onsite launching for canoes or kayaks. If you plan to launch your kayak at the 42nd Ave E & London Rd Beach, please DO NOT park on 42nd Ave E. Plan to park along or above London Rd and to carry your kayak down to the public beach access. Excessive congestion in this area can lead to problems for neighbors and emergency responders. Thank you for your cooperation!

If you must drive here, come well before 5:00 pm and purchase a $5 Grounds Admission to get in early and enjoy the grounds. Think of the $5 Grounds Admission as your parking pass.

Taking a tour prior to the concert is a great way to snag a good parking spot and the best seat on the shore. Glensheen is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for self-guided tours.

If accommodations such as an interpreter are needed, please make accommodation requests two weeks in advance for each performance. Accommodation requests can be made by contacting info@glensheen.org.


September 13, 2023
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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