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Silverback Colony celebrates debut album

Silverback Colony, featuring Gabriel Douglas (left), plays at 12:15 a.m. at V.I.P. in Superior as part of Homegrown Music Festival. (Photo courtesy of Gabriel Douglas)

This all started as a come-one, come-all fun-time band.

Gabriel Douglas would drive up from Minneapolis and just jam with whoever showed up that night at Carmody Irish Pub.

“It was completely random, literally saying to people, ‘You have a guitar in the car? Come bring it into the club,’” he said.

And that is how Silverback Colony’s roster became practically femur-length. The alt-country band — whittled down to Douglas, Kyle Keegan, Nick Case and D.J. House for this sesh — plays after midnight at V.I.P as part of Homegrown Music Festival’s Superior Night.

The festival features more than 200 bands playing at about two dozen venues in the Twin Ports through Sunday.

Back in 2011-12, when the Monday night jam was at its peak, Silverback Colony would play a mix of fan faves and an ever-growing list of originals — including stuff performed by The 4onthefloor, the more popular band Douglas fronts and the one that has made it possible for him to quit his day job.  

These songs have recently been gathered and recorded for Silverback Colony’s debut album “Sounds like Silverback Colony: A North Shore Soundtrack.” The album release show is Saturday at Harriet Brewing in Minneapolis, but Douglas said there will be a show in Duluth — probably on a Monday, just like the good old days.  

“It’s a lot of alt-country with instrumental segues that tie the record together,” Douglas said. “That’s something that we do live. We definitely do a lot of jam-outs on different songs.

“I wanted the record to experience that.”

Expect to hear originals and maybe some covers of songs by Ryan Adams, Wilco, Neil Young, The Band and more when the band plays today.

“It started as a for-fun alt-country, hoedown, back porch band,” Douglas said. “We’d like to keep that vibe going.”

Today’s Homegrown schedule

Red Mug Coffeehouse, 916 Hammond Ave., Superior

6:30 p.m.: Mary Bue

7:30 p.m.: Ryan Van Slooten

8:30 p.m.: Emily Havoc

Chester Creek Café Wine Bar, 1801 Skyline Parkway

9 p.m.: Steve Sola

10 p.m.: The Yeah Scherz

The Main Club, 1217 Tower Ave., Superior

9:15 p.m.: Burlesque & Cabaret

10:15 p.m.: DrOHM

11:15 p.m.: Bondage Symphony

12:15 a.m.: The Horror

Burrito Union, 1332 E. Fourth St.

9:30 p.m.: Aurora Baer

10:30 p.m.: Timothy Martin & the New Norm

Thirsty Pagan Brewing, 1623 Broadway St., Superior  

9:45 p.m.: Hanna Cesario

10:45 p.m.: Two Beat Band

11:45 p.m.: Boku Frequency

Norm’s Beer & Brats, 1901 Broadway St., Superior

10 p.m.: Dad’s Acid

11 p.m.: Batteries

Midnight: The Tisdales

Reef Bar, 2002 London Road

10:15 p.m.: Triplekoin

11:15 p.m.: Five Pints ’a Rye

12:15 a.m.: Sonja & The Reckoning

Vintage Italian Pizza, 1201 Tower Ave., Superior

10:30 p.m.: Cowboy

12:30 a.m.: Silverback Colony

Superior Flame Nightclub, 1612 Tower Ave., Superior

10:30 p.m.: Manheat

11:30 p.m.: Hard Feelings

12:30 a.m.: Risky Fingers

  • On Air: Noon, Brother George; 2 p.m., Timothy Martin and the New Norm on KUMD-FM 103.3
  • Online: For more coverage of Homegrown Music Festival, including recaps and playlists, check out Christa Lawler’s blog and follow @dntane on Twitter.
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