Christine Dean

Music Director, Webmaster

Christine started her radio career at age 17 in her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She first came to KUMD as a student news intern and announcer in 1987, then spent many years working in commercial radio in Duluth before returning to the station in 2000. In 2008 she became the Music Director and is the producer of Live from Studio A, KUMD’s live performance and interview program. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.

Credit Photo by Erin Welch

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Fresh from an artist's residency in New Mexico, Mary Bue has returned to Minnesota and released an EP, [i]The Majesty of Beasts[/i]. Since it was recorded Bue went through a period of turmoil including a divorce and the breakup of her band, but eventually decided the project deserved to see the light of day. We'll find out more and here some tunes when she returns to our studios on Wednesday, June 7 at 2pm She performs the same evening for Petefest at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

Band performing in front of sunny windows
Christine Dean for KUMD

The last day of the Homegrown Music Festival started at the respectable hour of 11am, giving the previous night's festival goers the chance to pop some ibuprofen, drink some coffee, and wait for the caffeine to kick in before heading out for one last round of music.

Man in red wig and gas mask with a white teddy bear strapped in front of his body and a cart of drums
Maija Jenson for KUMD

Saturday began with the annual Rock 'n' Run, organized by Alan Sparhawk of Low. A group of about ten took to the trails of Chester Park for a casual morning run scheduled to end right around the start of the kickball game.

Homegrown Music Festival 2017: Day 6

May 6, 2017

Actual Wolf started the Friday morning of Homegrown as he had every other weekday, with a set at Duluth Coffee Company. This day's guest musician was dubmaster King J-Lar, aka Jake Larson.

Homegrown Music Festival 2017: Day 5

May 5, 2017
Hands playing an instrument next to a glowing lamp shaped like a puppy
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Souptown night on Thursday had plenty of excitement, but felt a little less hectic than Wednesday, giving fans a breather before the weekend's full-on Homegrown onslaught.

This young singer and guitarist is a recent arrival to Duluth's music scene but has already garnered attention, winning first place in last fall's annual songwriting competition at Beaner's Central. He joined us in the studio on May 5, 2017, to give us a preview of his performance at The Blind Pig for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/jacobmahonmusic/
http://www.duluthhomegrown.com

Homegrown Music Festival 2017: Day 4

May 4, 2017
Woman singing into a microphone with yellow stage lights over her shoulder
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Night 4, Westside Wednesday, once again showcased the wide scope of Duluth’s music scene and packed it all in to the part of town past 29th Avenue West.

Beaner’s Central was packed from the tables in back to the shoulder-to-shoulder standing room up front for an all-ages rock fest.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

Three-part female harmonies form the warm core of this Duluth band's sound. Sisters Tasha and Sophie Turk and Rachel Phoenix, backed by minimalist guitar from Jesse Hoheisel, perform select covers as well as originals. They joined us in the studio on May 4 to give us a preview of their Homegrown Music Festival performance the following night at Sacred Heart Music Center.

Black Diary

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

This folk/rock singer/songwriter has been performing around the Twin Ports for more than ten years, both as a solo act and as part of local cover band South of Superior. She joined us in the studio on May 3, 2017 in advance of her Homegrown set the same night at Mr. D's Bar and Grill in West Duluth.

Hannah Rey

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

Eric Pollard, aka Actual Wolf, has deep roots in Duluth's music scene, having performed with everyone from the Dukes of Hubbard to Retribution Gospel Choir. Now he fronts his own melodic Americana project, recently releasing new singles from a forthcoming album. He has a full plate for this year's Homegrown Music Festival, playing daily at 10am at Duluth Coffee Company, a Thursday set at the unofficial Homegrown event SoupB4Supe at 2104, and his official Homegrown slot on Friday at the Red Herring Lounge. Expect him to pop up at other gigs, as well.

https://actualwolf.bandcamp.com/
http://www.duluthhomegrown.org/


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

This beloved local punk trio joined us in the studio on May 3,2017. They perform later the same night at the Gopher Lounge as part of the Homegrown Music Festival.

https://lowforms.bandcamp.com/
http://www.duluthhomegrown.org/


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

This experimental, atmospheric guitarist joined us in the studio on May 3, 2017 at 5:15pm. He performs for the Homegrown Music Festival with Chase Down Blue the same night at the Kom-on-Inn and also had a solo set on Saturday, May 6 at Teatro Zuccone.

http://www.duluthhomegrown.org/


HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD

Mags David formed this chorus in 1999 based on her belief in the power of music and that anyone can sing. The group performs traditional songs from the U.S., Europe, and West Africa, as well as some of David's originals. They performed the same evening at for Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival; note that their performance has been moved from its original location, Bent Paddle Brewing, to Sir Benedict's Tavern on the Lake.

Sing!

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival


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Gabriel Douglas of the 4onthefloor is the ringleader of this alt-country rock group that has had a rotating cast of members that's included in the past Nate Case of Dirty Horse and drummer Kyle Keegan. A stripped-down version of the band will joined us in the studio May 1, 2017. They performed the same night at the Rex Bar at Fitger's for the Homegrown Music Festival.

Silverback Colony

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

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