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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.

Selective Focus: Sasha Howell

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With Selective Focus, we plan to highlight a variety of visual artists, giving some exposure to people working in disciplines that don’t immediately come to mind. This week, we have one of those people. Sasha Howell tells us about her corner of the design world.

SH: I am a costume designer! I work with local theatre and film groups in designing and implementing a costume design – usually my own. I also dabble in my own fashion design and anything to do with clothing and textile – shoes, accessories, hair, etc. I originally started student life at UMD with a Studio Art major and quickly realized it wasn’t exactly what I was looking to do – creatively. So I switched to a Studio Art MINOR and gravitated towards the Theatre department because, to me, that was a much more practical and exciting use of my talents and interests. I became quick friends with all the right people and worked closely with the costume shop there. I instantly fell in love with costumes because with EVERY new show there was opportunity to learn new techniques, new history, and to try something new! I quickly became known in town for costumes and demand started to increase. On average, I’m working on at LEAST 2 overlapping shows, but always tossing around ideas on several shows at once. On the side, I also paint abstract series and enjoy making jewelry.

Duluth-area Coffee Roasters

Brian Barber's Coffee BeansThe coffee industry has undergone significant changes in the past couple of decades, as an increasing number of specialty roasters enter the market. The Duluth area is now experiencing what some call the “third wave” of coffee. The first wave of coffee was about convenience and mass production (think instant coffee, like Folgers). The second wave of coffee involved the rise of franchises chains like Starbucks, where consumers were introduced to fresher and better quality beans and the experience of drinking in coffee shops.

MinneFLOWta Trailer – ESPN E60 Feature

ESPN’s E:60 will premiere its Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament feature during its May 10 episode.

Producer Mike Farrell and hockey analyst Barry Melrose were in St. Paul for the tournament in March capturing footage for the feature, and the E:60 crew spent time in Hermantown leading up to the tournament, focusing on the Hawks’ pursuit of the class A championship.

St. Louis River Story: Stephan Witherspoon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1tECA0hQW8

OneRiverMN-Logo-FC-BadgePeople in the St. Louis River watershed shared their connection to the river with WDSE-TV during the opening reception for The St. Louis River: Diverse Connections at the Duluth Art Institute. In this installment, Stephan Witherspoon talks about his family catching “a big garbage bag full of catfish” on the St. Louis River.

Finding Minnesota: Smelt Fishing on Lake Superior

WCCO-TV‘s Rachel Slavik reports from the mouth of the Amnicon River on Lake Superior during the 2016 smelt run. Apologies for whatever commercial precedes the video.

Sky Room Restaurant Adjoining the Buena Vista Motel

Sky Room at Buena Vista

A panorama view from high atop Skyline Drive overlooking Duluth. The Buena Vista Motel and its lounge and restaurant opened in the 1950s. Bob Magie, Bob Nylen and Jerry Strum bought it in 1986 and oversaw a remodel in 1995. They operated the business for nearly 20 years before selling in 2005 to developer Tim Wiklund, who demolished the structure to create the 45-unit Superior Vista condominium complex.

One Night in the Tipi at Fond du Lac Indian Reservation

https://vimeo.com/163504148

Frank Sander spends his first night in a tipi.

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.

A little old-school Homegrown music

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Homegrown uses music to bring the community together … and so I bring to you one of your homegrown forebears: Ann Colby Albright, who directed hundreds of Duluth ladies and gents back in the 1930s-1950s to sing it out!

Gooseberry Falls in Spring

https://vimeo.com/163106918

Video by Above U Productions.

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.

This Week: some music festival or something is happening

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Here’s a bit of what you’ll find on this week’s PDD Calendar:

Also, the Homegrown Festival kicks off the month of May with an entire week of music madness that is sure to shock, titillate and delight.

The third annual Veterans’ Expo takes place at UWS, Tucker the Turtle makes a stop at the Superior Public Library to help kids learn to cope with life’s frustrations, the annual Taste of the North fundraiser happens at Superior Shores, the scientist who coined the term “dark energy” gives a virtual presentation at Alworth Planetarium, the Denfeld Alumni Association holds its 4th annual beer and wine tasting, a Community Baby Shower takes place at WITC, there’s stand-up comedy at Dubh Linn Irish Pub and Fairlawn Mansion is offering half-price tours for Mother’s Day on Sunday.

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