Duluth Music

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.


Lee Martin and Sonja Bjordal from this local alt-country band join us in the studio on Monday, September 21 at 2pm. The two 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, and will perform on Tuesday, September 22 at Beaner's Central in West Duluth for their annual One Week Live celebration.

Listen to our session with this Duluth indie-pop performer from March 5, 2015. She talks about her latest album, Holy Bones, and the dream about destroying pianos that led her to pick up the electric guitar and make a more rockin' record .


Listen to our session from December 18, 2014 with this Duluth native who's now based in Chicago. He recently released a new self-titled album.


A special edition of The Local on KUMD with Paul Lundgren of local blog Perfect Duluth Day. Paul joined Christine Dean for an hour of songs that mention Duluth in their title or lyrics (based on this PDD post.)

Bob and Louissa Fabro, two Duluth musicians, join us this week as we celebrate this year's Dulcimer Day. It takes play May 7th at the First United Methodist Church, (Coppertop Church) located at 230 E. Skyline Parkway., Duluth, MN.

Radio Gallery 5-04-2011: Dulcimer Day

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