The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival announces Walt “Dizzo” Raschick has accepted the position of Festival Director. Raschick, along with an 11-person Walter Raschickvolunteer steering committee, oversees planning and implementation of Duluth’s biggest celebration of local music. Long time volunteer Melissa LaTour also joins the festival as Homegrown’s new Volunteer Coordinator. 2012’s Homegrown: The Apocalypse runs April 29 – May 6.

Duluth, MN – December 13, 2011 – Walt ‘Dizzo’ Raschick is the new director of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, replacing Shana David-Massett who is leaving after two years with the non-profit festival. Dizzo is a graduate of UW-Superior and has been a music director at radio station KUWS since 2004 where he still hosts a weekly show. This is the fourth year that Dizzo has been a member of the Homegrown steering committee, holding the position of assistant volunteer coordinator for the ’10 and ’11 festivals.

Being a well-respected man about town, Dizzo is also known for spending time in a smattering of regional bands and has been involved locally in the film and visual arts communities. Dizzo is more than happy to put his own artistic pursuits on hiatus as he fully focuses his attention on the upcoming Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

Melissa LaTour has joined the staff of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival as volunteer coordinator. LaTour has spent years volunteering with the festival and supporting local music while raising a family in the community. LaTour is an original member and co-creator of the Harbor City Roller Dames.

The members of this year’s steering committee are Jake Larson (Assistant Director), Adam Guggemos (Secretary), Adam Depre, Brennan Atchison, Jesse Hoheisel, Mary Bue, Glenn Maloney, Henry Jenkins, Jesse Gangi, Jessica Myshack, Jonathan Lee, and Todd Gremmels. Each member brings years of experience within the Duluth scene and are all very eager to be a part of one of Duluth’s biggest events dedicated to art and music.