Quentin Stille

College Music Director

Quentin has been volunteering with KUMD since 2013 and started working as their College Radio Music Director summer of 2015.  Like many a college student, Quentin is a Duluth transplant by way of the Twin Cities; however, he says he plans to stay in the Twin Ports for quite some time.  Whether it be the trees, the lake, or the public radio, Quentin feels the Northland has a certain magnetic energy about it.

Ways to Connect

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 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.

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.

Groovy basslines, some steady drums, and an organ from hell makeup Duluth's own Pizzaghost. Still riding high off their 2015 self-titled debut, their show serves as an unofficial send off for frontman Jack Klander, who embarks on a cross country bike trip in three days. It's uncertain when this group will play again, making this show a can't miss opportunity! They joined us live in the studio for a special Basement edition of Live From Studio A on June 9, 2016.

Max Macgruder

Bloody Marys and artisanal beers at Canal Park Brewing proved it didn’t have to be 5 o’clock anywhere to cheers the final day of the 18th Annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival; it was Sunday after all.  A bustling crowd enjoyed the sunshine and patio whle mid-day sets ran the gamut from Red Pine’s singer-songwriter folk to keys-laden rock from Tallulah.  A scissors appeared at the venue, severing the rainbow of wristbands that had been adorning arms since last Sunday.  Walt Dizzo, longtime Homegrown Director, was there to oversee the last show of his tenure before passing the post to new D

Max Macgruder

After rocking out with Retribution Gospel Choir until nearly 2am, Rock 'n' Run organizer Alan Sparhawk still managed to lead a small but hardy group of runners (including former Mayor Don Ness) through the trails of Chester Bowl at 11am as a precursor to the Homegrown Kickball Classic. Cheap beer and happy dogs were the unofficial mascots of the game, where according to Rick McLean, the "Fridays" were playing the "Saturdays," in the rare match where both squads were the home team.

 

Front of stage as Retribution Gospel Choir performs and fans look on
Maxwell McGruder

A freakishly hot day, a sudden, short downpour, and smoke from northern fires filling the air provided an unusual backdrop for Friday’s Duluth Homegrown Music Festival activities.

Early in the summer-like day, some hardy Homegrowners organized a Lake Superior dip in honor of the Festival.

Among several early-evening shows was the Lowland Lakers, whose new CD was released the same day. The band’s Nate Case invited “Picker Tim,” aka Tim Leutgeb, of Black River Revue on stage to play some banjo.

Max Macgruder

Soup Town Thursday truly made the Homegrown Music Festival a party for the entire Twin Ports as the center of the mayhem shifted to Superior.
 

First, though, the annual unofficial Homegrown SoupB4Supe afternoon gathering at 2104 in Duluth brought together soup aficionados and music fans alike, with a soup potluck and performances from Sarah Krueger (who’s not on the official schedule this year) and others.

Group of eleven band members standing together
Maxwell McGruder

Social media clued people in to one of the Homegrown Music Festival’s many unofficial events, a Wednesday afternoon living room show at Washington Galleries with music from Superior Siren and others leading up to the main event, Westside Wednesday.

Homegrown’s official West End/West Duluth onslaught began at 6 with Mahtowa, Minnesota’s finest country gospel practitioners the Holy Hootenanners filling the upstairs stage at Clyde Iron Works. 

Photos of Homegrowns past kicked off Day 2 of the 2016 Homegrown Music Festival as the Red Herring Lounge hosted the bustling opening reception for the Photo Show. Attendees were treated to a Nerd Nite-worthy performance by Northland’s Finest Horn Choir, four professional French horn players whose repertoire included a cover of “Stairway to Heaven” and a Star Wars medley.

   Uff da!  Homegrown 2016 is in full swing, and the first day didn't disappoint. This year’s festival got off to a low-key afternoon start with the first-ever Children’s Music Showcase at the Red Herring Lounge featuring Bloody Marys for the parents downstairs and music, dancing, face painting, and sidewalk chalk for the kids upstairs.

Hearing Giant, the latest album from L’anarchiste, is like watching a party from start to finish.  A solo horn, banjo, or synth pulse starts each track before seamless layering brings an eclectic array of instrumentation into the mix, like seeing guests slowly arrive to the party.  Each track then ends with the same solo instrument, alone again, but well-rounded in result.

Ross Birchard, better known as stage name Hudson Mohawke, didn’t want to make a “traditional" album. Lantern, his latest, is an exercise in genre attention-deficit; Mohawke gleefully switches instruments and sounds up for maximum inconsistency.  However, once the lack of cohesion is acknowledged, it’s a very fun listen.

Nick Thorburn is probably from something you know. From fronting groups such as Islands, Mister Heavenly, and The Unicorns, to composing the soundtrack to the award-winning podcast Serial,  Thorburn stays prolific. His latest effort, City of Quartz, sees Thorburn going solo as “Nick Diamonds,” incorporating his past works—and some new ideas—in for maximum effect.