April 27 – May 4, 2014

The Homegrown Music Festival is Duluth’s annual showcase of rawk and/or roll devil music. It began as a simple birthday party with a handful of bands and a bunch of beer. Now it’s a complete bureaucracy, run by a volunteer steering committee and a board of directors, featuring over 180 musical acts, along with a few filmmakers and other artists.
2012

Val Turcotte and Tom O’Keefe

Duluth native Val Turcotte has been singing and playing guitar for about 30 years. He’s performed at Homegrown five times as “Vintage Val,” and in 2004 he played Fourth Fest at Bayfront Park, opening for Sherrie Austin, Gary Allan and Brad Paisley. Now retired and living in Esko, Turcotte still entertains on the farmers-market circuit...

Uprising

Uprising has been wowing crowds with its high-energy blend of reggae, rock, soul calypso and ska. Hailing from Jamaica, lead vocalist Dexter Baxter captures the energy of Caribbean music. Andrew Perfetti’s guitar solos are crowd stopping, fusing reggae with his love for blues and rock. Bassist Tal Lindblad, drummer Luke Perry and keyboard player Janna...

The Underwriters

Led by songwriter Lee Martin from Next of Kin, the Underwriters is an original alt-country/rock group from Duluth. Martin is backed by Wally Wedan (also from Next of Kin), Adam Staupe, Mike Miller and Russ Sackett. The band has been playing around the Twin Ports under different monikers for the past three years. Though shows by this particular...

Ultra Day

Ultra Day started in 2008 as a three-piece Decemberists cover band comprised of Solon Springs triplets Caleb (bass), Cody (guitar) and Corey (drums) Utyro. After a while they added their friend Kyle Rudd on another guitar. They now play original pop-punk with hard-rock underpinnings, three-part-harmony choruses, and occasionally obvious evidence — in a good way...

Ty Cobb

Tattooed thrashers Cody Paulson, Ben Butter, Jay Benson and Mike Ferrin have played the past five Homegrowns in other regional metal groups like Bear Garden, Lament of Aporia, Voyages, Books on Tape, Wyatt Famous, the Moon is Down and so on. Joined together under the name of baseball’s famous anti-hero, the band Ty Cobb extols the virtues of...

Timber and Steel

Songwriter Eric Rhame plants his baritone tongue firmly in cheek when he begins his latest album with the line, “I’m here on the road, thinking about coal, pain and sex.” For most of Ontario: The Lost Songs of Elam Baxter, Rhame employs his unique storytelling skills to make classic Nashville country sound like a church basement...

Greg Tiburzi

Greg Tiburzi is one local musician and songwriter who is involved in no shortage of projects. He draws from influences including rock from the Chuck Berry era on out, pop, folk and world music to compose his songs on guitar and harmonica. He believes in music’s power to heal, as well as its ability to connect us...

Thunder Brothers

Thunder Brothers define their musical range “from space rock to warm southern blues to machine-oriented progressive rock.” If that sounds confusing, drummer Jason Noe has a clearer assessment of the band’s objective: “We are here to rip your ears off.” The rest of this saucy ensemble is comprised of guitarists Bill Berguson and Tom O’hara,...

The 13th Choir

The 13th Choir is a visit to heavy metal before hair bands, Metallica and grindcore. Songs with structured riffs, slightly distant vocals and dark chord progressions abound. Joel Conley is the vocalist and guitar player — the “jezebel of decibels,” so to speak. Andy Morrow handles the lead-guitar riffing attack. The percussion and repercussion are...

Taste the Feeling

Taste the Feeling is a family affair, with daddy Brad Fernholz leading the crew on guitar, tenor sax and vocals; daughter Anika following up with vocals, drums, guitar and piano; and son Gavin on guitar, drums and alto sax. They’ve been jamming together since Anika and Gavin were just babes, bouncing on dad’s drumming lap....

Strictly Hammers

Matt Ihle (Crimson), Maat Brutger (A Lot) and Nick Pawlenty (MidiEvil) paid three years worth of beat-street dues before releasing their debut album Tempus Fugit. After opening for local rap performers like Jaze, Bliss, and Equal Xchange and wider known acts like Carnage, Toki Right and DJ Abilities, this group of hip-hop storytellers put together 19...

Strange Meeting

What the seminal band the Lounge Lizards represented to the early 1980s no-wave movement in New York City is similar to Strange Meeting’s role in Duluth’s bustling music scene. Both walk that fine line between distinguished jazz players and satirical artistes. Matt Mobley (bass), Matt Wasmund (sax) and Jeremy Ehlert (guitar) pen original compositions mixed...