Live Music

Photography by Laura E. Partain

This Oklahoma native has released two widely-praised albums including his latest, The Very Last Day which came out earlier this year. He's performed his character-driven Americana tunes on Austin City Limits and Conan, and has been nominated by the Americana Music Association for album of the year. We're looking forward to finding out more and hearing some tunes from Millsap when he joins us in the studio on Wednesday, August 2 at 2pm. He performs the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

KUMD is a Proud Sponsor of ReaderFest

Jul 17, 2017
Duluth Reader

On Saturday, July 22, The Reader is bringing a free and all-ages festival to Duluth. The festival will feature food stands, fire dancers, kids activities and tons of music starting at 2pm.

Lineup:

Red Mountain
Alamode
Reflectivore
Jaw Knee Vee
Superior Siren
Cloud Cult

Kids Activities:

Music and dance with Dan The Monkey Man and Four Mile Portage
Climbing wall
Bounce house
Face painting
and more

7/27 Live from Studio A: Clint Niosi

Jul 12, 2017

This Fort Worth, Texas, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer joined us in the Studio on July 27, 2017. In addition to releasing three solo albums, Niosi has also written and released music for film scores. He performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

7/21 Live from Studio A: WTF

Jul 12, 2017

Back in December, we met the members of the Minneapolis collective Kriyative Emblems of a Blue Soul Renaissance, performing as 26Bats! The drummer of that group, Warren Thomas Fenzi, is the creative force behind this band. We found out more about the project and heard some tunes when they joined us Live from Studio A on July 21, 2017. They performed the following night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.

Female stand up bass player, male banjo player, male guitarist, and female fiddle player standing in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This Minnesota four-piece string band melds influences ranging from bluegrass to jazz to metal and features a blend of male and female vocals. 2016 was a busy year for the group; they toured nationally, signed to a record label, and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. We were happy to welcome them to the studio on July 7, 2017. They performed the same night at the Red Herring in Duluth.

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https://www.redherringlounge.com/

 

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Six-piece band in front of a wall of CDs
Christine Dean for KUMD

This 10-piece gospel band, formed in a country church in Mahtowa, Minnesota, returned with its third album, The Rumble, just in time for the fifth annual Mahtowah Hootenanny on July 8, 2017. The new disc sees the band adding more soul to their country gospel sound. We welcomed six band members to the studio on July 7, 2017.

Holy Hootenanners website
Mahtowa Hootenanny website

Live from Studio A on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Man in bright yellow hat, brightly striped shirt, and sunglasses sitting on a stool playing guitar
Sam Quackenbush for KUMD

Bobby Houle grew up on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, grandson of a musician who's in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. A wild youth that included stints in prison prepared the legally blind musician for a career playing the blues. Houle released his first album in 2005 and has since released other projects and performed regularly, including blues festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. He'll join us in the studio on Monday, July 3 at 2pm to give us a preview of a show the same night at 8 at Carmody Irish Pub.

When this indie folk duo from upstate New York passed through Duluth several months ago, they left anyone who was lucky enough to catch them live wanting more. In 2016 they released their sophomore EP, In the Altogether, showcasing their beautifully-crafted songs and rich male/female vocal harmonies. They returned to Duluth on June 13, 2017 for a show at the Red Herring Lounge and joined us in the studio that afternoon.


When this duo joined us in the studio last year, we learned how North Shore native Kat Axtell and Argentinian Julian Hernandez came together in Buenos Aires to form this pop soul project. Still based in Argentina, they returned to KUMD on June 8, 2017. They perform the same night at Dubh Linn in Duluth and June 10, 2017 at the Red Herring Lounge as part of a U.S. tour. We'll find out more about their second EP, Traveler, due out on June 16, 2017.

Fresh from an artist's residency in New Mexico, Mary Bue has returned to Minnesota and released an EP, The Majesty of Beasts. Since it was recorded Bue went through a period of turmoil including a divorce and the breakup of her band, but eventually decided the project deserved to see the light of day. We'll find out more and here some tunes when she returns to our studios on Wednesday, June 7 at 2pm She performs the same evening for Petefest at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

KUMD is a Proud Sponsor of Lake Ave Live

May 15, 2017

Each year, during the weekend of Grandma's Marathon, Lake Avenue brings us an event full of local-alternative music that brings visitors and locals together to enjoy Duluth music. This year, along with the stacked line-up, you'll find a Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Beer Garden, food trucks, and 2 outdoor micro-distillery cocktail lounges. The lineups for each night are:

Friday, June 16th:

FEmnFest

"Educating. Empowering. Inspiring."

Those three words were chosen to describe FEmn FEST in an interview between local singer-songwriter Maddy Siiter and festival organizers. FEmn FEST is an unapologetic feminist festival featuring women-identified performers, feminist workshops, women-owned business vendors, and women-identified artist installations.

The festival is happening September 15-17, 2017 at the Food Farm Barn in Wrenshall, MN.

The lineup currently includes:

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.

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