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.
Performers

Planemo

Many have joked about how Jacob Swanson plays really sad music. But is it less sad when played with a full band? No. It’s still really sad. However, that shouldn’t distract from the craftsmanship behind the songwriting nor the musical contributions of drummer Zach Anderson and bassist Matt Donoghue. Planemo formed in 2011 and plays...

Pizzaghost

Handing out a heavy potion of psychedelic, doomy sludge-punk, Pizzaghost is one of the latest offerings of loud music to the Twin Ports. Summoning the spirits of pizzas past, Jack Klander’s reverbed vocals echo through eardrums as he beats the living hell out of his keyboard. Backed by the beat of Matt Graven’s drum, Ben...

Phantom Tails

When Logan Kerkhof moved from the Twin Cities to Duluth to open Lake Superior Bakehouse last year he brought along his synth-wave, deep-space, doom-funk band Phantom Tails. Led by Kerkhof on drum machine, the group features Orion Treon on voice and guitar, Sergio Hernandez on keyboards and voice, and Dave Dorman on bass. Phantom Tails...

Perplex

Hip-hop artist A.J. Miller has been writing, recording, producing and mixing music since 2002. He was born and raised in Duluth, but moved out of the area for a few years while in the United States Air Force. “Music is my therapy,” he says. “Without it I’d be a very unbalanced individual.” This summer he...

The People Say Fox

Indie rock band the People Say Fox formed in 2008 and has performed all over the country since then, opening for well-known acts like Cloud Cult and Motion City Soundtrack. Nathan Holte handles lead vocals and guitar, joined by Zac Roorda’s vocals and guitar, Michael Billig on bass and Rio Daugherty on drums. Together they...

Paper Parlor

Paper Parlor has served up its blend of trippy folk and progressive blues to Twin Ports audiences for six years. The group has recorded two EPs and released its first full-length called Dreamscreen in 2015. Led by singer and guitarist Kirdan Wenger, drummer Chad Hoffland and bassist Wilson Johnson, Paper Parlor recently added singer/guitarist Moriah...

Pale in Comparison

Self-described as “120 gigawatts of fuck you,” this young trio has an old-school punk ethos, with two members sporting mohawks. They churn out their loud, fast, pissed-off anthems regularly at Duluth underground hangouts the Raunch Complex, the Doghouse, and Studio 15. Guitarist/vocalist Matt Biggs and bassist/vocalist Kyle Lee co-founded the band in 2010; drummer Andrew...

The Old Smugglers

Superior native Erik Pearson is best known for his work as a painter, the most visible local examples being his murals in Superior’s Trade and Commerce Building and the back-alley doors of the Palace Bar and Who’s Bar. For many years his second identity was as the wild one-man band known as the Infamous Dr....

Jeffrey James O’loughlin

Jeffrey James O’loughlin has played a wide variety of venues around Duluth over the past decade. “I’m always out busking on the Lakewalk in the summer, which I really enjoy,” he says. O’loughlin plays mostly acoustic folk music, but kicks out a little bit of rock on the side. Sometimes he has people play along...

Nur Jehan Chishti

Nur Jehan Chishti is one of two music projects led by Kristy Marie O’Neill; the other is Kristy Marie and the Forget Me Nots. O’Neill describes herself as a “Sufi, a mystical music devotee who uses music to journey between the earth and the stars.” She does contemporary renditions of ancient mantras from all around...

Northland’s Finest Horn Choir

This choir really blows … the French horn. Members of Northland’s Finest Horn Choir — Deborah Rausch, Jim Pospisil, Emily Borra, Matt and Tara Renz, Vicki Wheeler and Anna Ramon — are all music professionals who play the French horn. They mostly get together to jam simply for their love of playing; their only gig...

Nordic Angst

Vocalist, accordionist and seljefløyte (willow/sallow flute) player Arna Rennan heads up this quartet of Norwegian folk musicians. Her husband, Brian Dack, plays acoustic guitar and contributes vocals as well. Doug Greenwood doubles as an electric guitar and ukulele player, and Cathe O’Bey rounds out the foursome on the contrabass. The music of Nordic Angst consists...