The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival has been a shimmering, understated jewel in the North Country concert music calendar for 16 years now. It routinely showcases the best bands from throughout Minnesota, while strengthening the already hearty artistic community in Duluth.
For the past three years, the folks in Duluth have shared some of their fun with us here in the Twin Cities with a friendly invasion from the North, sending a slew of musical ambassadors to rock our local stages with an all-Duluth lineup, while generating interest in their burgeoning festival.
The folks behind Homegrown have just revealed the stellar lineups for their week-long festivities in Duluth, as well as their expertly curated Twin Cities Invasion at the Turf Club, with Minnesota music squarely in the spotlight where it belongs.
The Turf Club plays fitting host to the Twin Cities Invasion on Friday, April 17. Headliners are doom rockers Wolf Blood, who will be joined by the psych-pop singer-songwriter Toby Thomas Churchill, the experimental sonic collective Red Mountain, and garage-rock upstarts the Social Disaster. It's a lineup good enough to get everyone to pack their bags and follow the bands back up to Duluth for Homegrown.
This year's Homegrown runs from Sunday, April 26, through Sunday, May 3, with over 200 performers set to play at various clubs and locations throughout Duluth. Highlights include a proclamation from Mayor Don Ness to kick off the festival, photography and music video exhibitions that run throughout the week, as well as performances by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra followed by Trampled By Turtles at Clyde Iron Works on April 29, Charlie Parr at Norm's Beer and Brats on April 30, Southwire at Rex Bar on May 1, which also sees a scorching triple bill at Pizza Lucé with Retribution Gospel Choir, Mary Bue, and the aforementioned Wolf Blood.
Al Church, the Murder of Crows, the Black-Eyed Snakes, Toby Thomas Churchill, Tin Can Gin, and Actual Wolf are among a wide array of talented bands and artists filling the festival lineup on Saturday, May 2, while Pushing Chain should close things down elegantly at Homegrown on May 3.
For the full list of set times, locations, and events planned for the Homegrown Music Festival, consult their website. And, for a sneak preview of just some of the fantastic music that will be on offer throughout that week, get yourself tickets to the Turf Club for the Twin Cities Takeover on April 17.