Music

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

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
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.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
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.

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.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD. 
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.

   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.

Chase Down Blue
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HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
We kicked off Homegrown Week with a session with three fourths of this Duluth band, whose sound combines soft-to-loud post-rock dynamics with indie folk harmonies.

Since releasing an EP last August, the group's been working on its first full-length release. They joined us on May 2, 2016.

HOMEGROWN WEEK ON KUMD.
A mutual love of Ska brought Veikko Lepisto and Jason Wussow together to form Woodblind over two years ago. They met at Wussow's coffee shop, Beaner's Central, when Lepisto returned to Duluth after more than twenty years in Los Angeles performing with musicians ranging from the Royal Crown Review to Bette Midler.

Wussow has been part of several bands including Flux Skapacitor and No Room to Pogo. The duo has gigged steadily and released singles and videos; they now have their first full-length album, Big Voice, coming out and dropped by our studios on April 29, 2016 to perform. They had shows throughout the town over the weekend, including participating in part of the Homegrown Music Festival.

This singer/songwriter from Portland, Maine, joins us on Wednesday, April 27 at 2pm. He's released six albums, won several songwriting competitions, and performs regularly at festivals around the country.

He performed the same night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Proctor with local performer Rachael Kilgour.

Featuring members from the Wausau and Oshkosh areas of Wisconsin, this four-piece is less than a year old but brings together experienced players to play bluegrass–and jam–influenced rock. 

They joined us in the studio on April 21, 2016 for a preview of their show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


Members of this Minneapolis-based old-time string band, made up of musicians from around the Upper Midwest, joined us in the studio on April 15, 2016. The group performs regularly at square dances, including those held by Duluth's Tamarack Dance Association. They were one of the acts performing at the annual Cabin Fever Festival in Duluth, which showcases bluegrass and old-time music.

The Lake Superior Ragtime Society has had to cut back a little since its inception in 1984.

The monthly meetings had to go by the wayside and family reunions cut into their summer schedule so they only do three concerts a year now.

But there's no shortage of amazing musicians - and stories with this outfit.

From 7 year old Eddie the piano player to the 103 year old mandolin player to the kid who basically "grew up under the piano bench," everyone has a story and some music to share.

Cover art for Bob Dylan's Fallen Angels album
Columbia Records

Coming up on May 20th, just four days before his 75th birthday, Bob Dylan will release his 37th studio album, Fallen Angels

Like 2015's Shadows in the Night, this is a covers album showcasing Dylan's talents as a vocalist, arranger, and bandleader. It features twelve classic American tunes written by a variety of writers including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, and Carolyn Leigh; you can hear the lead single, "Melancholy Mood," now on KUMD.

Track Listing for Fallen Angels:

Listen to our special edition of Live from Studio A- the first-ever on KUMD's the Basement- from March 31, 2016 with these local punk rockers. Their debut EP, Model Homes, hit the top of the Basement charts; Basement Music Director Quentin Stille sat down with the band to find out about how sandwiches, house sitting, and TV's Arrested Development fit into their music and they performed live for us.

Check out this one-hour special about the upcoming biographical film on Hank Williams called I Saw the Light. Hear behind the scenes stories from country/Americana legend Rodney Crowell and how player Tom Hiddleston become Hank Williams for the film, plus the music they recorded for the soundtrack. The movie I Saw the Light has a limited national release on March 25. 

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