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.

2015

World Beat

World Beat is a group of 24 students from Myers-Wilkins Elementary School who create music in the drumming tradition of West Africa. The drummers are typically in grades 3–5 and meet once a week after school for rehearsals. Performances occur across the state, including gigs at the Minnesota Music Educators Conference, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra concerts, Bayfield’s...

Vitamin Death

These hardcore collaborators joined forces in 2013 to create the heavy-metal blitzkrieg aptly named Vitamin Death. But behind the Cannibal Corpse-like aggression are lyrics with a positive message and instrumentation done with classical precision. Engaging frontman Skylar Lysaker provides the verbal bark while guitarists Kyle Rudd-Pulkinen, Granger Kuberra and Cody Utyro dole out creative distorted...

Sweat Equity

Revivalists of the Minneapolis funk, soul and synth-pop sound, Paul Broman and Kevin Craig created the band Sweat Equity two years ago and have kept it pretty underground. Their only gig was a year and a half ago — but what a debut it was, opening for Har Mar Superstar at Pizza Lucé with opulent...

Superfly McFlash

Robot Rickshaw

Revolution Jones

Reflectivore

Ryan Rusch and Allen Cragin met when Rusch was in the band Professor Hefner and Cragin was in Circa A.M. They formed Reflectivore in 2010 and in the past year have been recording at the Weight Room, Rusch’s studio in Washburn. Their self-titled debut album is expected to be released before Homegrown. Joining them on...

Pushing Chain

While fiddle player Adam Moe and guitarist Boyd Blomberg have been playing together since 1997, the current incarnation of their musical rapport was formed in 2012 under the name Pushing Chain. Playing a variety of traditional and original songs rooted in the realm of Americana music, the duo has kept busy over the past few...

Purple Hearse

Summer in Duluth is marked by a few telltale signs: the reopening of malt shops, hordes of tourists wandering the Lakewalk and the appearance of an ominous-looking funerary vehicle cruising downtown streets. Much like its namesake automobile, the band Purple Hearse is a complete unknown. Formed via text messages between Tony Bennett and Ian Prince,...

The Peg Leg 
Howlers

The Peg Leg Howlers is a new project comprised of two familiar faces on the local music scene. Kyle Ollah moves between the fiddle, banjo and guitar, while Matt Ray takes on the other guitar and the other banjo-related duties. The Peg Leg Howlers are perfect for anyone sipping wine from a jug while waiting...

Pale in Comparison

Pale in Comparison is a group of young malcontents in Duluth that continues to kick out the hardcore, fast-vocal barrage of lo-fi punk. The band’s early incarnation formed in 2010 with Matt Biggs on guitar and Kyle Lee taking up the bass. Drummer Andrew Olson joined the band in 2012. After shifting through a variety...

Ariane Norrgard, Emma Deaner 
& Rachel Gobin

Guitarist, vocalist and pianist Ariane Norrgard collaborates with some of the more stately musicians/producers in town, like Gaelynn Lea, Al Sparhawk, Eric Swanson, Sean Elmquist and Jake Larson. Her new album, The Things That Can’t Be Helped, is two years in the making and should be released sometime in 2015. A few outtakes have made the rounds and give a...