April 30 – May 7, 2017

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.
2014

Virgil Caine Band

Take a Texas-style blues guitar, a Chicago-blues-influenced harp and a tough-as-nails rhythm section and you’ll have all the makings for the Virgil Caine Band. With 30 years of experience and three albums under their belts, Tommy Wotruba (guitar), Mark Hawley (vocals and harmonica), Keith Fredrickson (vocals and drums), and Dave Prudhomme (bass), have begun to...

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 Ugly Mugs

Inspired by classic acts like Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Johnny Cash, the Ugly Mugs started out during late-night jam sessions between friends, and quickly evolved into more serious songwriting and eventually live performances. Singer-songwriter Mike Jandl, along with guitarist and songwriter Paul Abear started the band, and recruited some old friends to join the...

12Step Villains

After 20-plus years of mixing records in the Twin Ports, disc jockey Patrick Hannu has decided to dedicate the music he spins to the making of more genuine compositions. While many DJs tend to stay in the bubble of club-life, Hannu has never been afraid to step out of the booth and use his vast...

Turbo Rathvon

Turbo Rathvon returned to performing last fall after a long hiatus. The group plays good-time music that brings to mind the Adverts or the Zeros — when punk was morphing into what would come to be known as new wave. By the time all of the pioneering bands had made it big, (Blondie, Talking Heads,...

Tribal Alchemie featuring Yabobo Drummers

Tribal Alchemie is an improvisational belly-dance troupe made up of Pamela Clifton, Danie Jimenez and LeeAnn Myers. The Yabobo Drummers are an ensemble of world-beat percussionists comprised of Janine Olsen, Elden Lindamood, Tim Stratton, Tamra Anderson and Denise Loiselle. When fused together they create a hypnotic mix of sword-wielding, rhythmic body movements and indigenous hand-drum...

Transparency

Transparency is an alternative Christian rock band that formed two years ago. Drummer Jesse Fure, singer Blaise Parrot and pianist Nicholas Bostrom shared the same vision of “rocking the world with music that no one had seen the likes of before.” A few months later they added guitarist Kenneth Zierman and bassist Nolan Juusola. Weekly...

Timothy Martin and the New Norm

Duluth music-scene veteran Tim Nelson bears his middle name for all to see in this new band that promises “dark, retro-infused guitar rock” that “embodies the stark, cold beauty” of Duluth “with power-pop, punk melodies.” Backing Nelson are Russell Sackett on bass, Peter Knutson on lead guitar, Walter Wedin on drums and T Bruce Bowers...

Timmy Jacks Off

Over the past two years, 18-year-old Harrison Crane has been the most productive member of Duluth’s music scene — if productivity is measured by sheer amount of new music released freely on Bandcamp. For example, 35 new Timmy Jacks Off songs dropped in the month of January alone, and that’s about typical for this experimental...

Sara Thomsen

Simply calling Sara Thomsen a “folk musician” would be an injustice. Not that she would mind; for over 15 years she’s brought her acoustic guitar and thoughtful songwriting to coffee shops and cafés throughout the northland. However, her full body of work goes far beyond the five folk albums she’s released since 1995. Thomsen has...

Superior Siren

For every band that’s been established and has some renown, Homegrown also wants to include first timers like folk guitarist and vocalist Laura Sellner, who goes by the name Superior Siren. She began writing originals last year, of which she already has ten. Her early shows and first attempt at recording went well enough to...

Stel

For 14 years Brian Stelmaszweski has been a mainstay in the Twin Ports folk and blues scene, playing regular gigs at Thirsty Pagan Brewing, Emily’s Lighthouse and other acoustic-friendly venues. The first dozen of those years were spent with Larry Sandmann in the Stel & Lefty duo, until a massive stroke sidelined Lefty just before...