Homegrown Music Festival 2023 Primer

The 25th annual Homegrown Music Festival is upon us. All the specifics are in a 116-page Field Guide available around town or online as a PDF. The most accurate version of the schedule is always at duluthhomegrown.org/schedule. And this here primer consists of the random last-minute bulletins that always spring up.

Every year some road construction project or another messes with the Homegrown experience and this year West Superior Street in Lincoln Park is the affected area. As if it’s a deliberate effort to mess with the festival, the 1900 block of West Superior Street will be closed to traffic starting Monday, the day almost all of Homegrown’s events are in Lincoln Park. Compared to other construction messes in Homegrowns past, however, this is but a minor one. But watch out for temporary “no parking” areas to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Also related to Monday’s Craft District Night, Homegrown is Bent Paddle’s “Paddle it Forward” program beneficiary. Customers have the option to round up their tabs to make a donation to the festival.

Bent Paddle is also launching the Great Homegrown Beer Scavenger Hunt during Homegrown. It combines elements of a scavenger hunt with the opportunity to win tickets to Bent Paddle’s 10-year anniversary party, Festiversary, on May 20. Every day of Homegrown, a vintage Bent Paddle tap handle will be hidden somewhere within Duluth city limits. A clue will be posted on the event’s social media pages at 10 a.m. daily, and participants who solve the clue and find the tap handle win two Festiversary tickets and a growler of beer. Plus, the finder gets to keep the tap handle.

Photographer Aaron Reichow will have his 2022 Homegrown photos on display Tuesday night preceding the big four-band show at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The music is in the DECC Arena; Reichow’s exhibit is on display in the mezzanine of Symphony Hall.

Since the Homegrown Field Guide went to press back in March, there have been a few schedule changes:

* Due to the recent death of Diona Johnson, the AfroGeode & the Gemstones slot at Homegrown will be filled by the Gemstones Honoring AfroGeode.

* Ill Fortune is playing Pizza Lucé on Saturday at 10 p.m., replacing the Brothers Burn Mountain.

* The Old Smugglers are playing at Legacy Glassworks on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. This schedule change happened just in time to appear on the Field Guide schedule, but there was not time to include a band profile. That info can, however, be found online.

* The Field Guide schedule has incorrect starting times of the shows at Studio Four on Saturday. The correct start times are 7:30 p.m. for Sea Smoke Arial Arts, 8:30 p.m. for Zenith Dance Collective, and 9:30 p.m. for Duluth Dolls Burlesque.

* The Field Guide schedule correctly lists the times and locations for Lioness (Saturday, 8:30 p.m., One Stop Shop) and Sonofmel (Sunday, 7:45 p.m., Carmody Irish Pub) but their band profiles have flip-flopped schedule info, so don’t be fooled by that.

WDSE 103.3 FM “The North” will again have Live from Studio A sessions throughout the week. The schedule is as follows.

Monday, May 1, 3 p.m. – Berserk Blondes!
Tuesday, May 2, 3 p.m. – Tres Osos
Thursday, May 4, noon – Lioness

Duluth Coffee Company is again hosting live music every morning during the festival. See the graphic above for the schedule.

For those participating in fashion themes, that info is laid out above.

Homegrown’s temporary headquarters, aka the Chicken Shack, is at 412 W. Superior St. this year. It’s the building across from the Maurices Headquarters with the engineering firm Short Elliott Hendrickson on its second level. Homegrown’s Chicken Shack is on the street level and the windows are painted so you can’t miss it. The open hours are listed in the graphic above.

Who is playing in Rich Narum’s living room on Thursday? If it isn’t clear in the above poster art by Amy Abts it’s also neatly typeset below.

5:15 p.m. – Jefferson Street String Band
6 p.m. – Robin Hood Was Right
6:45 p.m. – Wendy Durrwachter
7:45 p.m. – Nvr Tgthr
8:45 p.m. – Fuzz Lung

As for social media goods …

Facebook: facebook.com/duluthhomegrown
Instagram: instagram.com/dhgmf
Twitter: twitter.com/dhgmf

… or follow #hgmf23 on any social media platform.

Also, since this is the 25th year of Homegrown, there is a separate hashtag for old-timey stuff: #classichgmf

Homegrown tickets can be purchased at Zenith Bookstore in West Duluth, Globe News in Superior, the Chicken Shack, or any venue that requires paid admission.

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