Homegrown Music Festival: Three Song Sunday brings emotion to stageThree Song Sunday’s Homegrown Music Festival set is an all-ages show at 10 p.m. today at Sir Benedict’s. They are on a bill that includes Four Mile Portage and The Underwriters.
By: Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune
In the early-2000s, Dan Dresser and Stephanie Longstreet were separately schlepping gear around weekly to more than a handful of open mic night stops in the Twin Ports.
There were stages ready at Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake, Amazing Grace, Thirsty Pagan, Mama Gets and Beaner’s Central. According to duo lore:
“You’d kind of tend to see the same singer-songwriters,” Dresser said. “One thing leads to another. I think Steph said, ‘You want to start a band?’ The rest is history.”
First they were The Brushstrokes, then they transitioned into Three Song Sunday.
Three Song Sunday’s Homegrown Music Festival set is an all-ages show at 10 p.m. today at Sir Benedict’s. They are on a bill that includes Four Mile Portage and The Underwriters.
The duo is self-described as “emotionally unstable pop.”
“Our songs are kind of the human condition of love and love lost and what it is to be human,” said Dresser, the band’s primary songwriter.
Three Song Sunday released “Don’t be Sad on Me” about a year ago, and a News Tribune reviewer said of the album, which was reportedly in the works for two years: “’Don’t be Sad on Me’ … clocks in as a fine record that takes some twists and turns but follows the path of a good release with a mix of styles and sounds with concise writing, superb musicianship and excellent vocals.”
Dresser said the duo has been compared to the fictitious duo at the center of the 2006 Irish movie “Once.” Dresser also has drawn comparisons to Cat Stevens and has been asked if he is from England because of the singing accent he has picked up by being a fan of The Beatles.
Dresser also plays with Gaelynn Lea in The Getarounds at 11:45 p.m. Saturday at Carmody Irish Pub.
Zeitgeist Arts Building atrium
4 p.m.: Opening reception for Homegrown Photo Show
5 p.m.: Tim Kaiser
6 p.m.: Homegrown Music Video Festival
Fitger’s Spirit of the North Theater
7:30 p.m.: Homegrown Poetry Showcase
Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake
9 p.m.: Four Mile Portage
10 p.m.: Three Song Sunday
11 p.m.: The Underwriters
Carmody Irish Pub
9:15 p.m. The Branditos
10:15 p.m.: The Resonance
11:15 p.m.: The Formal Age
Red Star Lounge
9:45 p.m.: Total Freedom Rock
10:45 p.m.: Planemo
11:45 p.m.: DJ Risky Fingers
10:30 p.m.: Stel and Chad
11:30 p.m.: Teague Alexy
Tune in to KUMD-FM 103.3 to hear:
1 p.m.: Cars & Trucks
2 p.m.: Bradical Boombox