2018 Homegrown Music Festival runs April 29-May 6

The Homegrown Music Festival crowd at Mr. D’s in 2013. (PHOTO: Laramie Carson, Flickr CC)

This Sunday, April 29, the Homegrown Music Festival opens in Duluth, Minnesota. This year marks 20 years of original music in the Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas.

The Duluth sound, if you believe such a thing exists, was either created at or amplified by Homegrown. Duluth manages to support hundreds of acts. Full time musicians and part time wannabes converge in a relatively small city at the head of the Great Lakes.

I can scan the schedule for Homegrown and see dozens of past or future acts for my Great Northern Radio Show. You can find bands that play all year round or special configurations of national touring musicians who play together just a few times year. You’ll see reunions of past favorites and new bands that will tear it up next year.

It’s pretty cool. I say all of this with the caveat that I generally don’t go out at night. But I know that many of you are people who do. And I ask you to please allow me to live vicariously through you. Share your favorite shows or memories from Homegrown.

You can see the entire schedule for the 2018 Duluth Homegrown Music Festival here.


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