Duluth Music

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. 

"Blues music offers me a different kind of freedom that I'd never felt before," says Bridget Ideker in this interview from February 19, 2016. 

With a background in church singing and theater, Ideker had never considered fronting a band before encountering longtime Duluth musicians Vincent "Cadillac" Hladilek and Patrick McKinnon at a poetry open mic in 2014. Cadillac, who'd been performing his own blues compositions, jumped at the chance to focus on guitar and let the charismatic vocalist interpret his songs. The four-piece, which also includes drummer Nick Petoletti, bookended their session with two Cadillac originals, "Baby Blue" and "Right Through the Night," with a cover of "Big Boss Man" in between.


Local folk/punk performer, Rick McLean, joined us for a session on September 25, 2015. He performed at Beaner's Central in Duluth as part of their One Week Live Celebration.


This Duluth band, started by former members of Gallus, has been around for about two years and joined us in the studio on September 25, 2015 to talk about their debut album, Fortune Favors the Brave.


Three fourths of this local alt-country band joined us in the studio on September 21, 2015. They went through many band name changes (Next of Kin, Sonja and the Reckoning) before settling on a moniker that pays tribute to their beloved dog. They recently released their first album as Feeding Leroy.


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