HALEY w/DAMIEN featuring Alan Sparhawk

By Aitkin County Friends of the Arts (other events)

Saturday, March 25 2023 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CDT

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Doors open at 5pm for all ticket types.

VIP ticketholders receive reserved seating in front rows, one drink, and hor's d'oeuvres. 

They haven't shared the stage in 20 years, but both artists lives have changed significantly since. 

HALEY (Bonar/McCollum, who now goes by the stage name HALEY) had already recorded an album as a teenager before leaving Rapid City, SD for Duluth, MN—where she immediately recorded again. Alan Sparhawk heard her at the Norshor Theater in Duluth one night – and a week later, she was transformed from a college student to an ambitious dropout with her guitar and a drummer crammed into a Honda Civic opening for Low. She was nineteen years old. That’s a story already. But—there is more to this story. In the last decade, Haley has released ten more recordings to critical acclaim and mounting success: touring, festivals, capturing awards and artist grants, inventive video productions, placing song tracks on prime TV shows and popular film, appearing on myriad Best-Of lists while continuing to write and perform locally. Oh… and she also had a baby in there somewhere. It’s no accident that her creative prowess drew the attention and respect of fellow collaborators like Lana Del Rey, Justin Vernon, Dave King, Andrew Bird and Lucius.

HALEY’s musical adventure took on a passenger in the wack theatrics of her no/new-wave punkish side project Gramma’s Boyfriend with an attention-getting album already behind them and an audience building in front of them. She is always throwing a curve ball or adding another dimension, akin to her heroes: Joni Mitchell, Mark Mothersbaugh, Laurie Anderson, Amy Sedaris, Maria Bamford, and Cookie Mueller. Like them, she remains true to her artistry regardless of trend, politic or scripted gender barriers.

HALEY is more than a hard working musician. She is an innovator, visual artist, producer, and visionary, dug into the trenches of living. She writes genuine, epochal and poetic tales that feel like our heartbreak, failure, frustration and joy. In a clear, insistent and often haunting voice, she tells real stories back to us, as if they were our own. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Oh...and she's having another baby! 




DAMIEN is a Duluth-based Latin/Funk inspired band comprised of Alan Sparhawk on guitar & vocals (Low, Black Eyed Snakes, Derecho, Retribution Gospel Choir), his son Cyrus on bass guitar, Owen Mahon (New Salty Dog) on drums, and Marc Gartman on keyboards (Too Many Banjos, Glitterati, Fever Dream).

Aitkin County Friends of the Arts