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Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 5

May 4, 2018
Singer of the band holds up his guitar yelling out in excitement.
Stevie Twining for KUMD

      Homegrown Day 5 opened with an unofficial festival event that’s been happening so long they might as well put it in the field guide next year. SoupB4Supe offered up delicious soups ranging from vegan hot and sour to potato jalapeno and a warm communal feel as Homegrown musicians and fans mingled in the kitchen, on the porch, at the foosball table, or in the backyard of the venue dubbed 2104. Homegrown committee member Erin Naughton-Garrison presented Starfire with a cake in honor of his upcoming 50th birthday.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 4

May 3, 2018
Duluth musician joins another band on
Michael Mayou for KUMD

    It’s a bit mind-blowing to see an 11-year-old female lead singer nail everything from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Metallica to the B-52’s “Love Shack” while the 16-year-old female guitarist shreds along.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 3

May 2, 2018
Woman dancing in front of a sign reading Duluth Dolls
Vicki Kurker for KUMD

Tuesday, Day 3 of Homegrown, saw much of the action shift to Canal Park where fans could easily loop between Vikre, Amazing Grace, and the Sports Garden, or hop across the Lake Avenue Bridge and take in nearby shows at Prove Gallery or Dubh Linn.

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 2

May 1, 2018
Man playing banjo and man playing guitar and singing into a microphone.
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

Homegrown Mondays are usually pretty chill. Dubbed “ancillary arts night,” it’s when the photo show,  the first run of the music video festival, and the poetry showcase all happen. On this particular Monday, though, things got interesting when an unannounced show from Trampled by Turtles threw festival-goers into a tizzy. More on that later.

 

Homegrown Music Festival 2018: Day 1

Apr 30, 2018
Drummer dressed in a mustard costume
Michael Mayou for KUMD

 Who knew when Scott “Starfire” Lunt put together a two-night local music showcase at Duluth’s NorShor Theatre that 20 years later it would still be going strong, spreading out to encompass more than a week of festivities.

Forever Home 4/26

Apr 26, 2018

Mr. Phatty

Meet Mr. Phatty. He is a young adult male cat. He is a supersized cat full of love. His heart is as big as his round mound of sound body. You can't go wrong with this fella.

Ollie

KUMD Single Review: Prince

Apr 25, 2018

Prince| “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Two years after Minnesota lost one of its biggest icons in Prince, we are still receiving classics from him posthumously. The man who made purple more than just a color has had his previously unreleased single “Nothing Compares 2 U” put out by Warner Bros. Records. Originally recorded in 1984 for Prince’s band the Family, it was made famous via a 1990 re-recording by Sinéad O’Connor which spawned her greatest hit.

Woman wearing headphones and singing into a microphone while playing a keyboard
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

  Von Agassiz has been a breath of fresh air on Duluth's music scene in the past few years, creating whimsical electro-folk with her keyboards, looping pedal, and sampler. She recently released her much-anticipated debut album, O Giver of Dreams. We're happy to welcome her back to our studios on Friday, May 4 at 2pm for a preview of her Duluth Homegrown Music Festival show the following night at Blacklist Artisan Ales.

    Abts was one of the performers at the very first Duluth Homegrown Music Festival twenty years ago. She performed solo and as part of indie rockers The State Champs in her years on the Duluth music scene before moving away. Although serious medical issues through the years have hindered her ability to perform regularly, Abts had always come back to music, recently releasing her first solo album in seventeen years. We looked forward to welcoming her back to the studio on May 3; she performed on May 5th at RT Quinlan's Saloon as part of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

5/2 Live From Studio A: The Latelys on the Local

Apr 23, 2018

This soulful rock trio played their first Homegrown last year. They've drawn attention for their unconventional configuration that features bass, drums, and piano, and for the distinctive voice of lead singer Jenna Harting. We welcomeed them to the studio on May 2 during the Local. They performed for this year's Duluth Homegrown Music Festival on May 4 at the Rex Bar.

5/2 Live From Studio A: The Fontanelles

Apr 23, 2018

 Duluth native Dave Mehling has busied himself with several projects since moving to the Twin Cities, including the band Portage, his duo MR DR, and performing in Gaelynn Lea's band. It's been three years since he's put out an album with his indie rock band the Fontanelles, but two singles released earlier this year may be a sign of more to come. We found out when they joined us in the studio on May 2. They performed the same night at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

5/1 Live From Studio A: The Old Smugglers

Apr 23, 2018

Superior native Erik Pearson is best known for his work as an artist (you may have seen his murals at the Red Mug Coffee Shop and the Spirit Room) but he's always kept music as a sideline. His most recent project is this duo that includes fellow Wisconsinite Joshua Murray; they recently released album number three, Hard Pan to Chaos. In last year's Homegrown blog we described their sound as, "Tom-Waits-meets-sea-shanties," but you can judge for yourself when you listen to their performance from our studios on Tuesday, May 1.

5/1 Live From Studio A: Boreal Forest

Apr 23, 2018

These Minneapolis transplants have been making dream pop/rock with synths and guitars since 2015. They released a debut album, Terraform, in 2017. They performed a Homegrown set at Blush on May 4; we got a preview when they joined us in the studio on May 1.

Boreal Forest

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

Back in 2016, when they were still known as Medical Underground, these local alternative indie rockers were voted by users of local blog, Perfect Duluth Day, to be the band that "won" Homegrown that year. After a name change, the band got to work on its first album, Paradise, which was released on April 20. They performed tunes from that album and we found out what they had planned for this year's Homegrown show when they joined us in the studio on April 30.

Nudecolors 

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 4/20

Apr 20, 2018

The Nokturnal North, Mint Vintage, and Boreal Forest*
Indie for Earth Day! Up and Coming Indie Rock bands shred it up for Mother Earth
Red Herring
Thursday, April 19 | 8 PM | $10 | 18+

DJ BANKE, SHORTLEG DJ, DJ K-LITTLE, DJ NODEH, & DJ CHALLOFR3SH*
Culture Clash II: DJ Calvin alongside some of Minneapolis finest DJs and entertainers will be taking over Duluth city for a weekend of good vibes,loud music, diverse crowds and lit energy
Red Herring
Friday, April 20 | 9:30 PM | $10 | 18+

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