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The Story of Duluth Homegrown 2016

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

Kip Praslowicz‘s latest memory-card dump video is a retrospective of the eight-day Homegrown Music Festival.

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Matt Ray – “We’ll be OK”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJfSFVSkaa0

Matt RayWDSE-TV’s The PlayList captures singer/songwriter Matt Ray performing “We’ll be OK.”

R.I.P. John Berquist

The-Moose-Wallow-RamblersJohn W. Berquist, founder of the Moose Wallow Ramblers band and writer of the song “I Like it in Duluth,” died May 12 at his home in Fayal Township. He was 69.

You probably haven’t heard of KTWH-FM of Two Harbors

KTWHThere’s something amazing going on at a little community radio station in Two Harbors. If you haven’t heard of KTWH it is most likely due to its recent arrival upon the airwaves and its status as a low-power community radio station. If you live outside of its broadcast range, streaming online will be your only recourse, but it is well worth the effort. It is something I haven’t heard since the advent of FM in the early 1970s. DJs playing music that has merit and meaning rather than having the potential for being the opening theme song for the new CSI, set in Bugtussle, KY.

Charlie Parr in his own words

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Charlie Parr strolled into the neighborhood yesterday—barefoot, even though it was cold and damp. We had a nice conversation on my podcast about the hardships and joys of life on the road, dropping out of school, and how he slowly got into making music as a vocation. He’s doing what he loves, and that’s what I’m trying to do: as an author, and an urban farmer. My new urban farm, Tiny Farm Duluth, is slowly coming together. The soil of formerly wasted space within the city of Duluth has been tilled, and seeds will soon be sown.

Homegrown Music Video Fest 2016

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The videos from the 2016 Homegrown Music Video Festival have been popping up online, and PDD is archiving them on a page. We’ll continue to add to the collection as we find them or as they are sent to us.

Here’s a sample by Tomas Soderberg – “Machinery” by the Social Disaster

https://vimeo.com/165368912

Who won Homegrown 2016?

Happy Homegrown Meth BongThe final applause of the 2016 Homegrown Music Festival is now in the history books. Which band “won” the festival? Each year PDD polls its readership and asks that very question. Because art is useless if it isn’t vain and competitive, right?

How does one “win” a music festival? Is it about musicianship? Is it about showmanship and antics? Is it about pretty hairstyles and flamboyant fashions? Yes.

The poll is now closed. Here are the results:

Medical Underground – 16.8 percent
Red Mountain – 12.3 percent
The Social Disaster – 11.2 percent
Bratwurst – 10 percent
A Band Called Truman – 7.8 percent
Various other bands – 41.9 percent

Superior Siren – “Rosemar”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TdJWaTqsFY

The Superior Siren trio performs the song Rosemar aboard the William A. Irvin in this video shot for the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest.

The band plays tonight, May 7, 10:45 p.m. at Spurs on First during the Homegrown Music Festival.

Boku Frequency – “Satisfied”

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

WDSE-TV’s The PlayList captures Boku Frequency performing “Satisfied” at Tycoons Alehouse during the 2015 Homegrown Music Festival.

Fever Dream: Ever Child. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n_SNVPv7vQ

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The Farsights – “Saturdays”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJKdF32APfs

WDSE-TV’s The PlayList captures the Farsights performing “Saturdays” at Tycoons Alehouse during the 2015 Homegrown Music Festival.

CUD: an album to benefit the family of Shawn Burr

CUDcoverRecently, the Duluth music community lost a great guitarist and better person when Shawn Burr passed away after a battle with brain cancer. He was only 40, and was a father and a husband.

In 2004, Shawn was part of a short-lived band called “CUD,” who recorded an album at that time that went unreleased due to various technical issues. With Shawn’s diagnosis, it was decided that the album should be completed as a way of attracting monetary donations that will help his wife and two-year-old child in some small way. With the assistance of talented engineer Jake Larson, the CUD album was completed, and it is now available to purchase on Bandcamp. Fans of Ministry, the Melvins, and guitar harmonies might particularly enjoy the record.

Please visit cudduluth.bandcamp.com to purchase this album. (Streaming is free, but keep in mind that no money goes to the cause for streams.) 100% of the money donated will go to Shawn’s wife and child. The album is pay-what-you-can, and any amount is welcome. Thank you.

The Boomchucks Home Movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQP2uImMX90

Homegrown gig tonight, May 2, 10 p.m. at Rex Bar.

Batteries – “Evening Birds”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNUQS-CczMQ

WDSE-TV’s The PlayList captures Batteries performing “Evening Birds” at Tycoons Alehouse during the 2015 Homegrown Music Festival.

Homegrown Music Festival 2016 Primer

Chicken Cart photo by Andy MillerIf this isn’t your 18th time attending the Homegrown Music Festival, here are some links that might be helpful:

Homegrown website
Event schedule on Homegrown website
PDD Homegrown Chicken App (schedule optimized for smartphones)
Homegrown Facebook page
Homegrown Twitter page
Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Seth Langreck’s Duluth Band Profiles