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.

2016

Ruthe Kay and Bailey

Ruthe Kay began entering music competitions at the age of 10. She quickly drew attention for her powerful-beyond-her-years voice and, through regular visits to open stages in the Twin Cities, has connected and performed with bands in Minnesota’s blues scene. Now a junior at Duluth East, she is taking a different direction with her new project,...

RoofTop Fable

Rolling various styles of rock into one, RoofTop Fable has a timeless sound that pulls from assorted eras and influences without losing its modern edge. Having held down a monthly residency at R.T. Quinlan’s, the band has continued to build momentum. Its debut release, Chapter One, came out in November, showcasing five tracks that paint...

Robot Rickshaw

First law of robotics: A robot must not injure a human. Second law: A robot must obey orders given by humans. Third law: A robot must not ask for more bass drum in the monitor mix. Mad scientist Troy Rogers builds music “making” automatons. He’s been at it locally since 2014, gaining national notoriety and...

Reflectivore

Ryan Rusch and Allen Cragin started writing music together in 2010, and performed their first Homegrown show in 2015. Rusch sings and plays piano while Cragin contributes vocals and guitar. Their live band features Matt Osterlund on bass, Thomas Anderson on drums and Matthew Cihaski on guitar. Cragin describes Reflectivore’s sound as “softy-loudy emotional type...

Red Pine

Red Pine is a folk music duo made up of singer-songwriter/guitarist Haley Lawson and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Logan Amys. Some might remember them from the Twin Ports bluegrass trio So Close that performed throughout the area from 2008 to 2012. As that band ended, Lawson and Amys continued to experiment with different instruments until finding their rainy-day...

Red Mountain

Red Mountain is an inventively endearing project that continues to impress audiences, both musically and visually. Acrobatics, confetti and fire have all shared the stage with the nine-member collective as they push the envelope of what can be expected from a local performance. The band’s long-awaited sophomore release is in the works, featuring brand new material —...

Purple Hearse

It’s hard to precisely classify Purple Hearse into a genre, but it wouldn’t be inaccurate to describe it as two buds playing really heavy rock and having a good time doing it. Former band mates in the Dames, Tony Bennett and Ian Prince debuted this project last year during Homegrown’s new band showcase and have...

Prince Paul and the Conscious Party

Reggae maestro “Prince” Paul Robinson has been bringing the sunshine, blue skies and warm ocean breezes of his native Jamaica to Twin Ports music venues for years. Leading his Conscious Party through extended jams loaded with heavy bass riffs, free-wheeling percussion workouts and lots of Rastafarian style, Prince Paul is an undeniable force of mellow,...

The Potluck Communists

If they taught ska in high school the Potluck Communists would ace the class. Students Nick Carlson-Becklund, Jake Vainio, Ian Erickson, Robert McGrady and Hans Arvidson-Hicks have been locked in the classroom with teachers like the Reel Big Fish, Bigger than Dan and the Suicide Machines for close to three years. The group features a...

Portrait of a Drowned Man

Portrait of a Drowned Man has been part of the Duluth music scene since 2003, when guitarists Paul Connolly and Justin Kervina set out to salvage some post-rock instrumental tunes from their previous project, Vermont Connection. The rest of the cast has changed a few times, with Ken Nyberg keeping the rhythm behind the drums...

Portage

These former UMD students recorded their haunting first album The Unsalted Sea in an attic in Duluth’s Endion neighborhood. Their critically acclaimed second album Landings was a bigger sounding and more professionally produced release that included the single “Far Gone,” which was featured in an episode of Amazon’s new hit streaming television series Betas. Though...

Play Date

Veteran Duluth musicians Peter Knutson, Alex Piazza, Nathan Holte, Ned Netzel and Rio Daugherty formed Play Date in the sun and sand of Park Point last summer. The group has been holed up in biweekly rehearsals ever since polishing its “deliciously tasty” pop set list to perfection. Now it’s show time. The band played a...