April 29 – May 6, 2018

The Homegrown Music Festival is Duluth’s annual showcase of rawk and/or roll. 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 200 musical acts, along with a few filmmakers and other artists.

2013

Homegrown Music Video Festival (encore #2)

If you missed the music video festival the first two times, this will be the final encore screening. Eighteen videographers were assigned songs on March 1, each charged with the task of creating an original music video. The screening of the finished products has become so popular that encore showings have been added in recent...

Homegrown Kickball Classic

Make your way to Chester Bowl Park to see kickball played by a bunch of musicians who got stuffed into lockers during gym class. 12pm Sat 5/4 | Chester Bowl

Homegrown Music Video Festival (encore #1)

Wednesday starts with an encore of the Homegrown Music Video Festival at Zinema 2. Eighteen videographers were assigned songs on March 1, each charged with the task of creating an original music video. The screening of the finished products has become so popular that encore showings have been added in recent years to accommodate the...

Homegrown Poetry Showcase

The Homegrown Poetry Showcase has been moved to Fitger’s Spirit of the North Theater this year to make more room for all the beatniks and saps. Organized lovingly by Kyle Elden, this event pulls out a diverse selection of literary voices, from well-established, published poets to punks who scribble on crumpled paper. Their words are...

Homegrown Music Video Festival

The Homegrown Music Video Festival will take place at Zinema 2 at 6 p.m. Eighteen videographers were assigned songs on March 1, each charged with the task of creating an original music video. The screening of the finished products has become so popular that encore showings have been added in recent years to accommodate the...

Opening reception for Homegrown Photo Show

Monday’s events start off with the Homegrown Photo Show in the atrium of the Zeitgeist Arts Building. The Duluth Photographers Guild, and Laramie Carlson in particular, have coordinated the show, which consists of photos from Homegrowns past. 4pm Mon 4/29 | Zeitgeist

Homegrown Pub Quiz

Although the role of quizmaster is changing hands this year from Carmody bartender Devin McKinnon to the chair of Homegrown’s board of directors, Jon Lee, the prizes will faithfully remain the same dollar-store crap. 9pm Sun 4/28 | Carmody

Mayor’s Proclamation and Homegrown Hempen Ale Cask Release

The music part of the festival starts at 7:30 p.m. with Yester at Teatro Zuccone, but for political purposes, Homegrown starts when Duluth Mayor Don Ness says it starts — at Tycoons Alehouse, 7 p.m., with his proclamation and the uncasking of the Homegrown Hempen Ale. “We’ll hold off on it until the mayor makes...

Exiles

It’s been a busy year for the psychedelic hard-rock band Exiles, playing at South by Southwest last spring and opening for major-label metal bands the Aristocrats and Windhand over the summer. In September, bassist Robert Cox produced the band’s recent EPWreck, which is available on Bandcamp. Sean Chaucer Levine’s guitar provides a solid, heavy background for...

Cowboy

The three members of Cowboy have a lineage in northern Minnesota. Add up their years of service gigging in the Twin Ports and you’ll realize you’re hitting triple digits. This trio, playing traditionally inspired country tunes, is anchored by singer/songwriter Jim Hall and drummer Joe Lindzius, who played for nearly two decades together in Azure...

Jeffrey James O’Loughlin Band

If “all the world’s a stage,” as Shakespeare wrote, then Jeffrey James O’Loughlin’s part in the play reads like a lost Coen Brothers manuscript. On the verge of finding a music career in the early 1980s, the young guitarist saw an early version of the Replacements at a bar in Minneapolis. So inspired by the...

Dead End Friends

“We play loud, catchy rock music,” says Dead End Friends bassist and singer Ben Anderson. The band’s 2014 release, Something for the Kids, proves him correct. If songs by All, Green Day, Cheap Trick, Helmet, Black Sabbath and Queens of the Stone Age were thrown into an audio blender, the resulting concoction might sound a...