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For sweeties or tweeties, head to the Western Waterfront Trail

Not sure why I’m thinking this way, but if you’d like to impress your sweetie with your knowledge of Duluth’s cool places, plus get some exercise and check out spring, you can’t go wrong with a nice long walk on the Western Waterfront Trail. The St. Louis River is full of migrating birds, the trail is wide enough and dry enough for hand-holding, and it is so much more “perfect Duluth” than the tourist-lined Lakewalk.

Western Waterfront Trail runs along the St. Louis River

Read more details, including directions to the seldom-used but way better eastern trailhead.

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Where is the $lizzard?

Last I saw of the Homegrown $lizzard, Knifey was running wildly down Superior Street.

Hollywood Undead and Brandi Carlile at Clyde Iron Works this summer

Just announced today:

Wednesday, July 13, 5 p.m. — Hollywood Undead
General admission tickets are $27.50 in advance; day-of-show tickets cost $30. Applicable fees may apply. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased at Clyde Iron Works, the Electric Fetus or via phone at 1-800-514-3849 or online at Doors open at 4 p.m.; this is an all–ages performance and will be held outdoors rain or shine.

Sunday, August 14, 8 p.m. — Brandi Carlile
Tickets are general admission and cost $27.50 in advance and $30 day of show. Applicable fees may apply; a $1 charitable donation is included. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased via phone at 800-514-3849 or online at Doors open at 7 p.m.; this is an all-ages performance.

Somewhere to ship kids for the summer

University Nursery School is now excepting enrollment for the summer of 2011. We have five sites, our newest near UMD and St. Scholastica. Serving children from 6 weeks to 12 years. Most sites are open from 6:30am to 6 pm. Fun, active, and educational field trips for children four and up! For more information, visit or call (218) 727-2699.

Finally a weekend Yoga Class in Duluth!

There have been plenty of inquiries about holding a Yoga class on the weekend! Guess what! Offering Saturday and Sunday classes now!
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Where in Duluth?

Red Optimus Prime in D

We weren’t a band when Homegrown apps. were due, but we’re playing

Homegrown Mustaches

I’m guessing that Paul Lundgren will produce evidence proving my timeline wrong, but I’m still going to give you my version of the history of Homegrown’s Sharpie mustaches.

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New 8 hour dark-ambient album from Duluth’s Dirty Knobs

Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell

Apologies. Bit of a humblebrag here. But my new 8 hour dark ambient/electro/doom album, recorded under the name Dirty Knobs and titled Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell, has been getting a fair bit of press lately.

It started with Warren Ellis, writer of Transmetropolitan and Crooked Little Vein, who blogged, “…I have little more to add…I swear I can hear organs playing from inside a pit…Wonderful.” Andrea Swensson of the City Pages recently wrote, “…something quite extraordinary…haunting at points and shimmeringly beautiful at others. It sort of makes me want to listen to it forever.” And Greg Swan of Perfect Porridge said “Thick, brooding and unforgiving…an interactive sonic canvas experiment, custom colored by the listener’s current emotional state.” I also talked a bit about the recording process with the Duluth News Tribune’s Christa Lawler on the While Your Were In blog.

So if you’re looking for something terrifying/relaxing to listen to all day at work or at home or while you’re tidying up your panic-room, then maybe give it a listen/like/tweet. You can stream the entire album for free, download three songs for free (that’s over 60 minutes) and buy it all for just $1 (or more if you’d like.)

Mountain Biking in Duluth

Join us at Hartley Nature Center this Wednesday, May 4  for “Mountain Biking Opportunities in Duluth”-  Adam Sundberg, president of COGGS, will present information on the expanding opportunities for mountain biking in and around Duluth. COGGS has been working diligently to provide sanctioned mountain biking trails for the citizens of this region. Program is sponsored by the McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and begins at 7 p.m.


I was out walking the old DWP railbed south of the tunnel today when I saw this blue bumper sticker stuck on the back of a stop sign. I tried to visit the site, but it no longer exists. Anyone know anything about and what it was?

Danecdote @ Chester Creek Cafe

Come check out the set! Unfortunately it will be my last one for some time, as I am finishing up work on the new EP and full length releases. There will be various free CDs for people to take with them (as well as 3 other side project releases). Show starts @ 9PM on Tuesday. See ya there!

Homegrown 2011 on KUMD

As always, KUMD 103.3 will provide plenty of coverage of this year’s Homegrown Music Festival.

Last week’s Radio Gallery program featured artist Jeredt Runions, who did the cover for this year’s Homegrown Field Guide and curated the Homegrown art shows. Listen here.

We’ll have local bands Live from Studio A all week:

Monday, May 2 at 1pm: Portage
Tuesday, May 3 at 2pm: Yester
Wednesday, May 4 at 2pm: Hattie Peterson
Thursday, May 5 at noon: Loup-Garou
Friday, May 6 at 2pm: Ashley Northey of King Moonracer

If you miss a session, you can listen to them on our Audio Archives page .

Wednesday at 5pm on the Local, members of Puddle Wonderful will drop by to talk about their reunion show and spin some local tunes.

We’ll also be tabling at some of the events, so stop by and say hi and sign up for free stuff!

Homegrown schedule changes, band bio addendum, Manheat hype, etc.

Happy Homegrown, everyone! Homegrown banners are now rotating at the top of the page. (You can still add new ones to the mix. Click here for details.)

The official Homegrown Twitter account is @dhgmf and the hashtag is #hgmf11.

There have been four changes to the schedule since the Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide hit the streets.

* Pennies for a Dime canceled its Sunday night gig. Apparently, at the last moment, Diet-Folk filled in.
* Due to illness, Fancy Hands canceled its Tuesday night gig.
* Russian Bride is unable to play Thursday night.
* The schedule in the Field Guide lists Hard Feelings playing at both 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. — 10 p.m. is correct.
* Wormsley Common Gang has canceled its gig on Friday night at Beaner’s.
* Ghosts of Swinetown have replaced Bear Garden on Friday night.
* Nobuddie had mouth surgery and has canceled his Saturday night gig at Twins Bar.

Here is a Field Guide Band Bio Addendum:

Ghosts of Swinetown
Branded “the finest screwgrass outfit in the northwoods,” Ghosts of Swinetown blends acoustic driven songs, tight harmonies and catchy rhythms. Mandolin/guitar player Bob Weigandt attended the University of Minnesota Duluth from 2005 to 2007, and “totally changed his direction in music” after hearing Trampled by Turtles. His band formed in Rhinelander in 2009 and has been performing throughout the Midwest, often in Duluth, ever since. The lineup includes regulars Phyl Wickham on banjo, guitar, harmonica, stompbox, hammer and pipe, etc.; Mike Hill on guitar; Bob Weigandt on mandolin and guitar and Scott Kirby on bass. Ellen Thomes occasionally joins them on fiddle.

Here’s Manheat performing in the Current studio.

Mike Behrends – “Woodsman and the Seafarer”

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Darn Kids and Their Music

Somebody tell them to turn down their music at Leif Erickson and/or Bayfront Park. I live above Skyline and it’s been driving me insane. And while they’re at it, get off my lawn.

Why is water running out of this pipe?

I know Chester Creek runs UNDER the armory. Why is water running out of this pipe? Is there a stream of water the third floor too? What is the source of this water?

Ted Kooser in Duluth

U.S. Poet Laureate for two years, winner of the Pulitzer Prize … yes, tonight is the night you can hear him read for free! Come to Somers Lounge at CSS. The reading starts at 7:30. Free music and refreshments.

Tea Time Art Auction and Open House

Join the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs for the Tea Time silent art auction and open house on Thursday, May 5, from 4-7pm. The silent auction will be held at the Center for Nonviolence at 202 E. Superior St. and will showcase all varieties of local art: felting, rosemaling, print, ceramics, jewelry, photography, paintings, and more! A tea leaf reader will be on hand to tell what your future may hold and many varieties of eclectic teas and gourmet desserts will be available. Spoken word, live music, and stories from adult and child survivors of domestic abuse will be featured throughout the evening. Show your support for this important community resource!