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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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.

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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


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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


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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/


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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/


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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/


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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

This charming local duo features accordion player Suzi Ludwig of Father Hennepin and guitarist Jimi Cooper of the Fractals harmonizing on quirky tunes about outhouses and hoppy beer. They released their first album on April 28, 2017, and we gave you a preview that afternoon when they joined us in the studio. Next up, they perform at Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival on Tuesday, May 2 at Vikre at 7:30pm.

We welcomed this Minneapolis synth-pop duo to the studio on April 14, 2017. They performed the same night at the Rex as part of Ellipsis Presents: A Twin Cities Takeover, which also included Chris Koza and the Blind Shake.

This local musician will join us in the studio on Tuesday, April 4 at 2pm. He releases his new album, Circuit Sessions, the same day. Recorded in Duluth, the disc features musicians Eric Pollard of Actual Wolf, Steve Garrington of Low, and Minneapolis guitarist Jake Hanson. We'll talk with Teague about the album, his writing and podcast projects, and his upcoming release show in Duluth.


Fiddler Eric Christopher and banjo player Anthony Ihrig of this Minnesota bluegrass 5-piece joined us in the studio on March 31, 2017. We talked about the band's non-traditional approach to playing traditional bluegrass; for example, their new album, "Daddy was a Bankrobber," due out June 16th, takes its name from a Clash tune they cover.  The band was in town to play at their first Cabin Fever Festival, sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association.

Adam Herman fronts this Iron Range roots-rock band, who are releasing their second album, St. John's Dance. We caught up with the band and found out what they've been up to since their last visit when members joined us in the studio on March 3, 2017. They had a CD release show the next night at Pizza Luce in Duluth.


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