Music Resource Center DuluthGet your May Day baskets delivered early, especially if you missed the Homegrown Music Video Festival on Monday. The first encore will be showing at Teatro Zuccone at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by a showcase of young bands that are learning their craft at Duluth’s Music Resource Center.

The Music Resource Center Duluth is a pilot program modeled after similar programs in Charlottesville, Va. and Cincinnati, Ohio. Sessions are held at Sacred Heart Music Center, where kids in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to attend after school, getting mentored by local artists, sound engineers and industry professionals such as Alan Sparhawk of Low fame and Eric “Swansonian Institute” Swanson.

Students learn every aspect of the music industry while writing songs, learning instruments, recording, performing live, and even developing a stage presence. Crystal Pelkey leads this progressive program and has big plans for its future.

“These kids get a chance to work with and be mentored by some of the most respected professional musicians in the area,” says Pelkey. “They get to learn everything there is to know. I wish this was around when I was a kid.”

Students in this real-life school of rock go through an eightweek stint, meeting three times a week.

Three standout bands from the program will be showcased this Homegrown Tuesday in an effort to shed light on their hard work and hard rawk. And for all you little ones plucking away at your dad’s five-stringed acoustic guitar in the basement, the Music Resource Center is already accepting rockers for the next phase of the program, starting on April 2.

You thought that was it? Silly chicken, the beat goes on with music on the Hillside at Sacred Heart Music Center and Twins Bar, and in Canal Park at Lake Avenue Café and Grandma’s Sports Garden. Study the schedule and particularly take note of the lineup at the Sports Garden; this may be the most power-packed Tuesday night in Duluth music history.

All events for Tuesday May 1, 2012

Teatro Zuccone

Sacred Heart Music Center

Lake Avenue Café

Twins Bar

Grandma’s Sports Garden