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Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 8

May 9, 2016
Max Macgruder

Bloody Marys and artisanal beers at Canal Park Brewing proved it didn’t have to be 5 o’clock anywhere to cheers the final day of the 18th Annual Duluth Homegrown Music Festival; it was Sunday after all.  A bustling crowd enjoyed the sunshine and patio whle mid-day sets ran the gamut from Red Pine’s singer-songwriter folk to keys-laden rock from Tallulah.  A scissors appeared at the venue, severing the rainbow of wristbands that had been adorning arms since last Sunday.  Walt Dizzo, longtime Homegrown Director, was there to oversee the last show of his tenure before passing the post to new D

Listen to our session with this local artist from May 9, 2016. After releasing her 2011 album Saturn Returns, Heckman took a break from music to focus on marriage and motherhood until she began to feel the pull to create music again.  

The result is her new album, Wanderess, which she describes as "a dreamy electronica project." She swung through our studios in advance of her show at the Red Herring later that week.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 7

May 8, 2016
Max Macgruder

After rocking out with Retribution Gospel Choir until nearly 2am, Rock 'n' Run organizer Alan Sparhawk still managed to lead a small but hardy group of runners (including former Mayor Don Ness) through the trails of Chester Bowl at 11am as a precursor to the Homegrown Kickball Classic. Cheap beer and happy dogs were the unofficial mascots of the game, where according to Rick McLean, the "Fridays" were playing the "Saturdays," in the rare match where both squads were the home team.

 

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 6

May 7, 2016
Front of stage as Retribution Gospel Choir performs and fans look on
Maxwell McGruder

A freakishly hot day, a sudden, short downpour, and smoke from northern fires filling the air provided an unusual backdrop for Friday’s Duluth Homegrown Music Festival activities.

Early in the summer-like day, some hardy Homegrowners organized a Lake Superior dip in honor of the Festival.

Among several early-evening shows was the Lowland Lakers, whose new CD was released the same day. The band’s Nate Case invited “Picker Tim,” aka Tim Leutgeb, of Black River Revue on stage to play some banjo.

Allen Cragin and Ryan Rusch
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The core of this experimental, atmospheric rock band is Superior native Allen Cragin and Ryan Rusch, owner of the Weight Room studio in Washburn, Wisconsin. That's where the duo recorded their self-titled EP, with Rusch on piano, vocals, organ and vibes and Cragin handling guitar, vocals, and bass. For their rare live performances, including their Homegrown set the same night at the Rex, they bring in a full band; they'll join us in the studio on Friday, May 6 at 2:30pm.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 5

May 6, 2016
Max Macgruder

Soup Town Thursday truly made the Homegrown Music Festival a party for the entire Twin Ports as the center of the mayhem shifted to Superior.
 

First, though, the annual unofficial Homegrown SoupB4Supe afternoon gathering at 2104 in Duluth brought together soup aficionados and music fans alike, with a soup potluck and performances from Sarah Krueger (who’s not on the official schedule this year) and others.

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In a special Homegrown week mash-up, we welcomed Nate Case of the Lowland Lakers and Dirty Horse along with Lee Martin and Sonja Bjordal of Feeding Leroy to our studios on May 6, 2016.

The Lowland Lakers is a folkier project for Case, who is now based in the Twin Cities. That trio released its debut album the same day and performed the same night at the Underground in Duluth. Feeding Leroy has also been working on a new album; their Homegrown set was part of Saturday's lineup at Pizza Luce.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 4

May 5, 2016
Group of eleven band members standing together
Maxwell McGruder

Social media clued people in to one of the Homegrown Music Festival’s many unofficial events, a Wednesday afternoon living room show at Washington Galleries with music from Superior Siren and others leading up to the main event, Westside Wednesday.

Homegrown’s official West End/West Duluth onslaught began at 6 with Mahtowa, Minnesota’s finest country gospel practitioners the Holy Hootenanners filling the upstairs stage at Clyde Iron Works. 

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Emma Rustan is a visual artist with who only recently realized her dream of becoming a performing musician.

In her short time on the local scene she's made a strong impression with her solo performances of original tunes featuring her distinctive voice accompanied by simple keyboard lines, loops, and effects. She joined us in the studio on May 5, 2016 to preview her performance at the Homegrown Music Festival.

Lead singer of the Social Disaster singing into microphone
Maxwell McGruder

It was only Tuesday, and already one Duluth Homegrown Music Festival venue was at capacity with a short line to get in.  It was a tight squeeze all over Canal Park for Day 3.

After an early-evening start in the West End with bellydancers and beer as Lady Slipper kicked off the night at Bent Paddle Brewing, the action slid downtown.

Low
Adam Fleischhacker

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Since we last had Low in our studio, they've released an album, Ones and Sixes, and toured the world, including a first-ever visit to China. We caught up with them and got a preview of their Homegrown show at Clyde Iron Works the same night May 4, 2016.

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Singer/songwriter Laura Sellner has performed as Superior Siren since 2012; in 2015, she added a band to flesh out her indie folk sound. Citing Mason Jennings as a major influence, Sellner often performs an a cappella version of his song "Duluth" in her set. Sellner has released and EP of original songs and is currently working on a debut full-length with the band. She and the band joined us in the studio on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:15pm during a special, two-hour Homegrown edition of the Local. They perform at the Homegrown Music Festival on Saturday, May 7 at Spurs on First.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 2

May 3, 2016

Photos of Homegrowns past kicked off Day 2 of the 2016 Homegrown Music Festival as the Red Herring Lounge hosted the bustling opening reception for the Photo Show. Attendees were treated to a Nerd Nite-worthy performance by Northland’s Finest Horn Choir, four professional French horn players whose repertoire included a cover of “Stairway to Heaven” and a Star Wars medley.

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This Mankato native picked up a ukelele during her last year at UMD, and after graduating in 2012, spent a couple of years in the local music scene playing and singing jazz standards. 

She released an album in 2015, Ain't Misbehavin', backed by local musicians Sam Miltich, Matt Mobley, and Chad Erlemeier and including one original tune. Although Cesario's moved back to her hometown, she returned to perform at Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival on Tuesday, May 3 at Vikre Distillery, and she joined us in the studio prior to her performance.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival: Day 1

May 2, 2016

   Uff da!  Homegrown 2016 is in full swing, and the first day didn't disappoint. This year’s festival got off to a low-key afternoon start with the first-ever Children’s Music Showcase at the Red Herring Lounge featuring Bloody Marys for the parents downstairs and music, dancing, face painting, and sidewalk chalk for the kids upstairs.

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