Homegrown Music Festival Posts

Homegrown band registration ends Christmas night

homegrown-band-registration-2017Duluth-area musicians interested in performing in the 2017 Homegrown Music Festival must make their intentions known by filling out a registration form at duluthhomegrown.org. The deadline is Dec. 25 at midnight. The eight-day festival runs April 30 to May 7.

The Aly Aleigha Band

Catholic singer/songwriter Aly Aleigha moved to Duluth after recording her first EP, Jealous Love, in 2015. She put together the Aly Aleigha Band for her performance at the 2016 Homegrown Music Festival at Superior’s Red Mug Coffeehouse, where Max Haben shot this video.

Upcoming gig: Aug. 8-12 during Camp Survive in McGregor

The Story of Duluth Homegrown 2016

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

Music by the Electric Witch

Homegrown Music Video Fest 2016


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

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

Homegrown Kickball Classic 2016


The 2016 Homegrown Kickball Classic at Chester Bowl Park was ushered in by shockingly perfect weather conditions. The sun shone, some random dude played sitar, dogs pranced, beer flowed. And musicians in their seventh day of an eight-day Homegrown bender attempted to rally and act like athletes.

The Farsights – “Saturdays”

WDSE-TV’s The PlayList captures the Farsights performing “Saturdays” 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

Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide 2016

Homegrown Field Guide cover 2016

Field Guide 2016

The 2016 Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide is off the presses, with 20,000 free copies piled up at various shops across the Twin Ports. This year’s cover art is by Carolyn Sue Olson.

So far there are two changes to the Homegrown schedule that happened after the Field Guide went to press:

  • The Aurora Baer Band will play on Friday, May 6, 10:30 p.m. at Tycoons Alehouse. (Phillip of Nazareth was originally scheduled for that slot and had to withdraw.)
  • Brain Bugs will play on Monday, May 2, 10:45 p.m. in the Barrel Room at Fitger’s Brewhouse. (Dad’s Acid was scheduled for that slot until the drummer’s day job wrecked it.)

Duluth Band Profile: Ingeborg Von Agassiz

Post Image IngeborgIngeborg Von Agassiz mixes electronic soundscapes with folk undertones. She explains how her solo project began with a 1990s Yamaha keyboard and audience feedback. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Homegrown 2016 schedule announced; Wussow’s mix released

Homegrown Rawk and-or Roll 2016 - Jason Wussow's MixThe 2016 Homegrown Music Festival, Duluth’s annual 200ish-band showcase, runs May 1-8. The official schedule has been released, so it’s time to begin charting the adventure. The Chicken App, PDD’s smart-phone optimized version of the lineup, is also available.

This year’s schedule follows the same basic format as previous Homegrowns — opening ceremonies and new band showcase on Sunday, video festival and poetry showcase on Monday, Canal Park focus on Tuesday, western Duluth on Wednesday, Superior on Thursday, buttload o’ bands in Downtown Duluth on Friday and Saturday, and a few brunch shows on the final Sunday.

The two biggest weekday shows are again at Grandma’s Sports Garden and Clyde Iron Works. The Sports Garden lineup includes A Band Called Truman, Mary Bue & the Holy Bones, Space Carpet and the Social Disaster. Clyde will feature Teague Alexy and Friends, Low and Red Mountain.

Dizzo stepping down; Homegrown looking for new director

Homegrown Music Festival logoAfter the 2016 Homegrown Music Festival, Walt Dizzo will be retiring from the executive director role. The board of directors is looking for someone to take over!

If you think you might fit the bill, check out the description and application. Deadline is Feb. 15.

Jaw Knee Vee – “Holiday Romp!”

One-man trash-blues explosion Jaw Knee Vee blasts out this year’s holiday greeting from PDD. Check out more of his lo-fi hijinks at the Jaw Knee Vee Facebook page and Bandcamp page.

A big thank you to the Homegrown Music Festival for sponsoring this video. Music fans hark this: The Homegrown Winter Fiasco will be staged at three West Duluth venues on Jan. 22. Musicians hark this: Homegrown band registration begins Christmas Day and ends Jan. 31.

Also, thanks to real estate developer Aaron Schweiger for letting us into the former Morgan Park School auditorium to shoot this special performance before a capacity crowd.

For more festive PDD video wholesomeness, check out the PDD Holiday Video Showcase.

2016 Homegrown Steering Committee Openings

Homegrown Steering Committee Openings

Homegrown 2015 Slideshow Retrospective

The slideshow above displays photos tagged with hgmf15 on Flickr. We post this retrospective slideshow every year around the time we are ready to finally shut up about Homegrown and be done with it for a few months. Enjoy.

Homegrown Slideshow Index
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