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

The Biochemical Characters

Like the natural world of plants after a dormant winter, Biochemical Characters routinely poke their heads up and sprout right around the time Homegrown season warms up. So far this year, these tillers of aggressive Americana — bassist Michael Gabler, guitarist Jay Sandal and drummer Jaywa Walker — have designated the song “Plant Some Beans”...

Shortwave

Shortwave was born out of a jazz quartet made up of four Duluth East High School students. The group brings together guitarist J. J. Sivak and pianist Peter Brown with Excuse Me, Princess members Jack Campbell and Ben Ouellette. Shortwave makes a point of looking for more unusual venues for shows, such as parking lots,...

Jake Vainio

Jake Vainio is a freshman at Harbor City International School who plays piano, trombone and guitar. His musical spectrum ranges from ambient to jazz to classical to grunge. Vainio writes songs in his free time, his record completion time being “around 10 minutes.” Currently in the midst of recording a solo concept album, he says...

RoofTop Fable

After nearly two years of jamming together, bassist Brandon Maki and guitar player Mikey Trifilette — occasionally joined by drummer Faye Baron — were in search of a singer. In late 2012 they found her in Suzy Anderson, known to the music scene as Suzy Q. Since then, RoofTop Fable has been bringing its ever-changing...

Wolf Blood

Last year’s darlings at Homegrown New Band Night were no fluke; Wolf Blood is indeed that brutal — “brutal” as in: smack-your-face loud rock and roll, amps on fire, packed house, broken glass, cops-breaking-up-the-party brutal. Mike Messina and Mindy Johnson provide the guitar howl while Brian Wells’ bass and Jake Paulsrud’s drums measure out the...

WINO, WI

Greg Cougar Conley and Marcus Matthews have been performing together on and off for over two decades in bands such as Puddle Wonderful, Both, the Surfactants, Humanoid and Bull Feathers. Last year they joined up with the bombastic family rhythm section of Scott Millis on the drums and rock vixen Heather Dean on the bass...

Todd Eckart

The artist formerly known as Hot Toddy returns for his first Homegrown appearance since 2008. After a five-year stint on the Los Angeles music scene, Todd Eckart is back in his hometown with his old-time beat. At Homegrown he’ll be backed by members of the Fractals — Jimi Cooper, Darryn Wallace and Marvin Pomeroy. His...

Tin Can Gin

Tin Can Gin delivers a hearty helping of up-tempo bluegrass that harkens back to the first wave of banjo-infused sonatas that took hold in the 1960s. Harrison Olk’s furious banjoing and singing lead the way, backed by Trevor Marrin on guitar and vocals, and Bryan Nelson on mandolin. Adroitly thumping out the bass line is...

Theft By Swindle

Theft by Swindle is a band comprised of two local music veterans from Eeriearq — Jason Szumowski and Bret Walczynski, guitarist and bassist, respectively — and drummer Thomas Anderson from Portraits for Judith. Butch Greene has been called upon as a second guitarist; and all three guitar players sing. Theft by Swindle is moving forward...

The Spin Collective

There’s something one could call the perfect Homegrown storm, that night when all goes according to plan on paper — the right bands, the right drinks, the right company. Then come the small ad hoc touches that leave you screaming, “Best Homegrown ever!” The fire-swirling gyrations of the Spin Collective have often provided that surprise...

the pulvermachers

The Pulvermachers play alternative rock with subject matter ranging from fish, donut imperialism and sasquatches to Iowa cheerleaders. Its members have played in the Twin Ports since 1982 in such bands as YRU, the Xceptions, Iron Youth, DeMonkie, the Earthworms and the Julie Zacharias Band. Len Fox’s bass playing is outstanding, but the rest of...

The Kyle 
Scherz Band

You betcha’, the Yeah Scherz get a round a bit you know, eh? Northern accents and puns aside, this acoustic duo play a wide range of venues across the region: brew pubs, restaurants, ski resorts, music clubs and auditoriums. Josie Taylor and Kyle Scherz specialize in soft, soulful harmonies that float over Scherz’s jangley acoustic...