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

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....

Kaylee Matuszak

She has only been playing the guitar for two years, but Kaylee Matuszak is well on her way to becoming a bright star in the local scene. Performing in the singer/songwriter tradition, she cites talented female artists such as the Indigo Girls, Tegan and Sara, and personal music inspiration Brandi Carlile as her influences. Matuszak...

Marquis Mark & the Very Mysterious

Marquis Mark and the Very Mysterious have been making music together since 2009, but the members of the band have been a part of the Twin Ports music scene in one form or another for the past 20 years. This self-described power trio is made up of multi-instrumentalists Mark Macham, Victoria Macham and Theresa Williams....

Israel Malachi

Israel Malachi has been a fixture on the Duluth music scene since 2006, often performing as the Tico Three. Now he is billing his band as “Israel Malachi” to avoid the nagging question, “Which one is Tico?” and to account for a dynamic number of bandmates. The one thing that remains consistent is Malachi’s dedication...

Maintenance Free

Lifelong Duluthians David Aker and Mark Levings have been performing in the area as Maintenance Free for three years now. The two teamed up to merge decades of individual songwriting and musical performance experience into this folk duo. Originals are their forté, but they have also resurrected centuries-old traditional songs and sprinkle in covers from...

Ann Kathryn Loop

Ann Loop first garnered attention in the local music scene with the band Mayfly and its cover of “It Ain’t Me Babe” on the Duluth Does Dylan compilation back in 2000. By 2004 she was with a similar group, Lookdown Moon, which added drums and lead guitar to flesh out a traditional folk/rock sound for...

The Legendary Hell Puppies

The Legendary Hell Puppies is a quintet of like-minded guys focused on keeping the most danceable music alive. The group has been playing its mixture of rockabilly, blues and rock ’n’ roll — which sounds straight from a 1950’s diner or dive — all around the Twin Ports area for about three years. Vocals and...