Duluth Music

Duluth Dylan Festival 2017 KUMD is proud to be the official radio station of the Duluth Dylan Festival taking place from Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 28. This year, Bob Dylan's 76th birthday is celebrated in Duluth with music, poetry, art exhibitions, and more. Listen to KUMD for concert and event details and all things Dylan Fest on Highway 61 Revisited Monday and Saturday evenings at 5pm with Dylan historian and KUMD DJ, John Bushey. 

Saturday, May 20

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 Music Festival 2017: Day 3

May 3, 2017
Woman playing guitar and woman playing drums bathed in blue light
Sam Quackenbush for KUMD

When it’s a Tuesday night and the venue that’s hosting music at 6 is already at capacity with a line out the door by 6:05, it must be Homegrown.

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 Music Festival 2017: Day 2

May 2, 2017

Once upon a time, Homegrown Mondays meant strictly visual art, film, and spoken word. Retaining one’s hipster cred and getting a good night’s sleep were not mutually exclusive, as a working person could go out to enjoy a drink and a few poems and be home in bed by 10. Those days are long gone; this year saw the traditional arts programming paired with four music venues that were, for the most part, packed shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the evening.

Homegrown Music Festival 2017: Day 1

May 1, 2017

We're 19 years in to Duluth's annual celebration of local music, and we're happy to report that the scene appears to be as vital as ever.

Kat Fox on the Local

Jan 13, 2017

Local musician Kat Fox joined Marv in the Mix on January 11, 2017 to talk about her upcoming Snatch Back tour, featuring a group of female musicians who will play a series of shows on their way to the Women's March on Washington. Local artists DJ Nola and Aurora Baer are also part of the lineup. The tour kicks off at the Barrel Room in Fitger's on Sunday, January 15 at 8pm.

Two young men sitting on a bed in front of a window
https://natharvie.bandcamp.com/

Nat Harvie of Duluth band Vivielle released a solo EP on July 1, 2016.

He stopped by The Local on July 6 to share tunes from the project and spoke with host DJ TeeJay.

They talked about the EP, titled Snow is a Gift to My Fear, which was inspired by the bleakness and monotony of a Duluth winter and written during a wet, gray winter north in British Columbia, where Harvie goes to college.

Nat Harvie on Bandcamp

Drummer Brad Nelson (also of the Blackeyed Snakes) and singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie Ness team up in this local rootsy rock project that's released two albums so far, including last year's Antidote.

They've been regular participants in Duluth Dylan Festival events, and this year they contribute a version of "Maggie's Farm" to the latest Duluth Does Dylan CD. They joined us in the studio on May 23, 2016 in advance of their performance the following night as part of the Bringing it All Back to Duluth Does Dylan CD release show happening at the Rex in Duluth at 7:30pm.

Tim Kaiser

talk about his work in a new Midwestern, juried exhibition called Body and Machine 2016: Kinetic and Interactive Art, opening Saturday, April 2 in Minneapolis. The Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis hosts the exhibition and 3 performances in the 3rd floor Gallery, including the opening reception happening Saturday April 2, 7-11pm. 

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