abtsThe very first act of the very first Homegrown, Amy Abts has played the festival numerous times as a solo performer or with her rock band the State Champs. She even co-chaired the festival committee in 2006. Medical issues and a move to Seattle have kept her away in recent years, but last fall she returned to her hometown of Rochester and has resumed regular gigging, songwriting and recording. Abts’ latest project, Extinct Gingers, features guitarist Adam Kroshus and bassist Matt Stobaugh, who will join her at this year’s Homegrown. No matter the project, Abts’ tender voice and melodic songwriting add the pretty, while her punk rock sensibilities mix in some grit, making for a compelling contrast.

6pm Sat 5/3 | Beaner’s

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