Sam Quackenbush

Marketing and Community Outreach Director

Sam works to form partnerships with local organizations to spread word of events to the KUMD audience. He is one of many KUMD DJ's who loves sharing great alternative music and programming to the Northland community. He began volunteering at KUMD as a DJ in 2015 and graduated from UMD in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. As fan of Duluth's outdoor and music culture, Sam is proud to support the Twin-Ports community through KUMD's locally-minded programming.  

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Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 7

May 6, 2018
Four band members wearing suit coats and jumping in the air
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

  A gorgeous morning drew a sizeable crew to Chester Park bright and early (in rock star time) for a Rock and Run at Chester Park to begin Homegrown, Day 7.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 6

May 5, 2018
Man crowd surfs with a guitar pick in his mouth
Michael Mayou for KUMD

  Most buzzed-about happenings of Homegrown, Day 6, roughly in order:  Fred Tyson in a homemade, kiddy-car style Cadillac propelled by Chad Lyons (of the Bottle Jockeys) in drag causing a commotion up and down Superior Street. Crazy cool laser projections of the Homegrown Chicken on the side of Blacklist. The Latelys set at the Rex. Fortunately, unlike in the early days of Homegrown, if you missed any of these things, there’s plenty of social media documentation to get you up to speed.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 5

May 4, 2018
Singer of the band holds up his guitar yelling out in excitement.
Stevie Twining for KUMD

      Homegrown Day 5 opened with an unofficial festival event that’s been happening so long they might as well put it in the field guide next year. SoupB4Supe offered up delicious soups ranging from vegan hot and sour to potato jalapeno and a warm communal feel as Homegrown musicians and fans mingled in the kitchen, on the porch, at the foosball table, or in the backyard of the venue dubbed 2104. Homegrown committee member Erin Naughton-Garrison presented Starfire with a cake in honor of his upcoming 50th birthday.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 4

May 3, 2018
Duluth musician joins another band on
Michael Mayou for KUMD

    It’s a bit mind-blowing to see an 11-year-old female lead singer nail everything from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Metallica to the B-52’s “Love Shack” while the 16-year-old female guitarist shreds along.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 2

May 1, 2018
Man playing banjo and man playing guitar and singing into a microphone.
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Homegrown Mondays are usually pretty chill. Dubbed “ancillary arts night,” it’s when the photo show,  the first run of the music video festival, and the poetry showcase all happen. On this particular Monday, though, things got interesting when an unannounced show from Trampled by Turtles threw festival-goers into a tizzy. More on that later.