Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival unveils lineup, local pre-party

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Now in its 15th year, Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival shines a worthy spotlight on a growing collection of bands from the area, giving them stages to play on and expanding audiences to perform in front of as the fest has gained momentum and popularity over the past decade and a half.

A strong contingent of over 100 bands are set to perform throughout Duluth over the course of the eight days of the music festival, highlighted by a Homegrown photography show on Monday, April 29, and performances from Trampled By Turtles on at Clyde Iron Works on Tuesday, April 30, as well as Charlie Parr at Grandma's Sports Garden on Wednesday, May 1, and many, many others.

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Silverback Colony plays Norm's Beer & Brats on Thursday, May 2, while Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, feature a plethora of musicians performing all over Duluth, with over 90 acts set to play over 15 venues spread throughout the city, highlighted by Actual Wolf at Fitger's Brewhouse and Crew Jones at Tycoons Alehouse on Friday night, and Saint Anyway at Spurs On First, Baby Grant Johnson at Carmody Irish Pub, Fever Dream at Roscoe's Pioneer Bar, Southwire at Pizza Lucé, and Portage at R.T. Quinlan's Saloon all on Saturday night.

Homegrown will close things down strongly on Sunday, May 5 with an afternoon show for the kids at the gorgeous Sacred Heart Music Center, as well as a lounge show at Club Saratoga featuring a planned performance by the Silk Sheiks.

There are well over a hundred other events and performances scheduled throughout Duluth over the course of those eight festive days of Homegrown, and if you love music (and love the city of Duluth), you should consult the full schedule of events on their website and find some shows to attend.

In addition to the music, there will also be art exhibits, a music video festival, a big kickball game, and a poetry showcase all taking place throughout Homegrown's eight days of fun.

Tickets can all be purchased online here, as well as in person at the Duluth location of the Electric Fetus. A week-long pass to Homegrown is an extremely affordable $25, with weekday passes going for $5, and Friday or Saturday night passes running $15. Please be advised that a week-long pass is required to see Trampled By Turtles performance at Clyde Iron Works on April 30, but considering that the bluegrass boys just sold-out First Avenue for three straight days, that is actually quite a bargain to see one of the hottest Minnesota bands going at an intimate venue in their hometown of Duluth. Plus, you'll get exposed to plenty of other talented Minnesota bands in the process.

In addition to all of the fun Homegrown has planned in Duluth, they will be invading St. Paul this Saturday for a Pre-festival party at Amsterdam Bar and Hall, featuring sets by Sarah Krueger, the Fontanelles, Cars & Trucks, and Retribution Gospel Choir. This will also be part of a continued celebration of Record Store Day, which will be happening all day next door at Eclipse Records. Here's the link to buy ticketsto Saturday night's show at Amsterdam.

Follow Homegrown's Twitter feed and their Facebook page for up to the moment updates about the festival, and we'll see you in Duluth.


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