May 1 to May 8, 2016

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.
Performers

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...

Nordic Angst

Nordic Angst has been playing its traditional Norwegian folk music with contemporary arrangements since 1999, when the band opened for Swedish rock band Hoven Droven at the NorShor Theatre. Accordionist Arna Rennan, guitarist Brian Dack, bassist Cathe O’Bey and electric guitar and ukulele player Doug Greenwood perform anything from drinking songs to dance tunes to...

Nopamine

Like the Beach Boys wrote surf music and never surfed, the members of Nopamine play skate punk and don’t skateboard. They’re too busy working full-time, going to college and playing basement thrash shows to find time to practice 180 kick flips. Guitarists and songwriters Brooks Von Koski and Dan Childs met through mutual friend and...

Josh Nickila

He represents, whether he knows it or not, a big part of what the Homegrown Music Festival is all about. Josh Nickila has played blues covers and jams around town for the past year or so. He’s in the process of finding his voice, his original style, a new set list that pays tribute to...

Morrow

Husband-and-wife team Heather and Andy Morrow formed this folk band two years ago only to find out it wasn’t a folk band after all. They recruited bassist Mike Weinandt and drummer David Anderson to round what turned out to be an acoustic rock band, with Heather handling the lead vocals and Andy taking care of...

Monster Mob

Monster Mob uses campy creature-features and 1980s slasher flicks for inspiration when composing its hardcore noise. Lyrically, versatile singer Cory Jezierski has turned his love for the genre into the general theme for this relatively new group. Joining in on drums is his usual partner in crime, the always dependable Dan Holmi. Well known Twin...

Medford

Medford originated in 2004 on an open mic night at Beaner’s Central. Singer/guitarist Chris Kelly and a friend took their rookie songwriting efforts on stage and impressed the owner enough to get regularly booked. Soon after, the duo expanded into a full band with a set list that would frequently build into long electric jams....