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 Director Melissa LaTour.
A suited and Stetsoned Borderstone finalized the day at CPB with bluegrass classics reminiscent of the 1940s. Jovial mandolinist Nicholas Klee took a brief, sad moment to tell the crowd that violinist Rachel Reichert was leaving the band, before launching into some of Reichert’s favorites. Smiles quickly returned to the crowd and the band, both happy to have shared a whirlwind week with the entirety of the Twin Ports.
But wait! Mischievous energy still remained for the day, as a late afternoon secret show from the Silk Sheiks couldn’t let the fest end on a folk note. The Sheiks, who have officially closed out the festival for a few years, unofffically closed it with a soulful lounge jam in at the Owl’s Club, again proving that Homegrown is always full of surprises.
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