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Homegrown Music Festival 2015 Primer

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The eight greasiest days of the year are underway. Here are the various links, hashtags and other tidbits to keep everyone moderately enlightened.

Homegrown website
Event schedule on Homegrown website
PDD Homegrown Chicken App (schedule optimized for smartphones)
Homegrown Field Guide PDF
Homegrown Facebook page
Homegrown Twitter page
Seasons 1 and 2 of Seth Langreck’s Duluth Band Profiles

Trailer for Cloud Cult film Unplug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0htF_bEq_W4

Minnesota band Cloud Cult, founded in Duluth by Craig Minowa, is releasing a video distillation of 12 years of songwriting that features acoustic performances at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, along with interviews and behind the scenes footage. The movie is the product of an eight-year collaborative relationship between Minowa and co-producer Jeff D. Johnson.

There will be a screening on April 30 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, with the national release on the following day, May 1. No word on a Duluth screening yet.

Pete Townshend knows all about Bob Dylan … kind of

Pete Townshend - Star Tribune photo

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Pete Townshend won’t get fooled again about Bob Dylan’s birthplace

Tysonette Auditions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQxZucjRk0w

Go in depth with Fred Tyson as potential Tysonettes audition for the coveted role. Video by Tomas Soderberg.

Fred Tyson & His Tysonettes perform at the Red Herring Lounge on Saturday, May 2, at 10:45 p.m. during the Homegrown Music Festival.

Duluth Band Profile: Christine Hoberg

thumbnail Christine Hoberg has never shied away from taking risks. On her album World Within, she shows her big voice in the big city. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Finding Sarah Krueger

Sarah Krueger hits the booksIt’s been nine years since Sarah Krueger first auditioned for American Idol. Since then, she has been the lead singer of a funk band, become a solo singer/songwriter and captured the attention of music lovers all over the Midwest. More importantly, she has learned that making music is about honesty.

“It takes time to hone in on your craft and to focus on the aesthetics of your art,” Krueger said. “I feel like I wanted something authentic, and I didn’t want to be breaking any extreme boundaries or try to be different or stand out. I think sometimes art gets lost in that idea that you need to be different than everyone else. It’s not about being different, it’s about being honest.”

Krueger is a teacher at the Montessori School by day and also works as a waitress at Grandma’s Saloon and Grill. A normal day means waking up early, opening the blinds in her home, preparing coffee and reading and writing before she teaches.

Duluth Band Profile: Adam Sippola

Thumbnail 2 Adam Sippola began an introspective journey with Rising Point. He explains how years of experimenting with looping technology became a full-fledged album. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

American Rebels – “Love Song” (Live on The PlayList)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FUM0eflMYs

Duluth band American Rebels performs “Love Song” on the April 16 episode of WDSE-TV’s The PlayList.

Upcoming gig: Wednesday, April 29, 11:30 p.m., at Mr. D’s Bar & Grill during the Homegrown Music Festival.

Duluth Band Profile: Gin Street

GIN STREET ThumbGin Street takes youth and energy to give audiences a highly interactive show. The group opens up about a sense of community inside and outside the band. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Duluth Band Profile: Wood Blind

Woold Blind Thumb Wood Blind delivers acoustic driven Ska into the North Woods. Jason Wussow and Veikko Lepisto explain how the song “Big Voice” brings sunshine into the world. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Homegrown Field Guide 2015

Homegrown Field Guide 2015

Apparently this thing is hitting the streets today.

Duluth Band Profile: The Farsights

Thumbnail The Farsights take one part storyteller and one part punk for a rocking good time. Phil Jents, Ryan Nelson and Brynn Sias explain how they developed the band’s sound. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Duluth Band Profiles: Ire Wolves

ThumbnailIre Wolves mixes a healthy blend of melody and metal. Guitarist Mike Trepanier and bassist Dustin Fennessey explain the theme behind The Ascetic. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Maddy Siiter – “Runaway” (Live on The PlayList)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou5z20jSYlk

Proctor’s Maddy Siiter performs “Runaway” on the March 26 episode of WDSE-TV’s The PlayList.

Upcoming Maddy Siiter gigs: April 9 at Jefferson People’s House, April 12 at Pizza Luce and May 2 at Chester Creek Cafe Wine Bar during Homegrown.

Duluth Band Profile: Clover Street Cronies

Thumbnail 2 The Clover Street Cronies combine a punk ethos with American roots music. Kyle Ollah explains the story behind the group’s video for “Look Up, Look Down That Lonesome Road.” Click on the image above to hear the interview.