Duluth musicians share why they do what they doEvery so often a Duluth-based band finds itself in a position to stop punching a time clock and start collecting passport stamps.
By: Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune
Every so often a Duluth-based band finds itself in a position to stop punching a time clock and start collecting passport stamps.
But this is a rarity among the more than 180 acts that will play during Homegrown Music Festival, which runs through Sunday.
While Low is on a European tour and Trampled By Turtles is about to embark on another one, most musicians are working the stages at night in addition to their day jobs.
The News Tribune asked local musicians: What do you want from your music career? Beer money, a creative outlet, or to be chased by TMZ?
“I would love a livelihood. I’d love to do 40 hours a week with all the stuff I do: Writing, promoting, practicing and playing. It would be nice to make a living wage.”
Mary Bue books shows at Amazing Grace and teaches yoga.
“I do want to pursue a career in music. It’s something I enjoy doing. Also, I feel like a lot of people have said it’s the thing people feel most touched by in my life. I kind of feel like it’s a calling.”
Gaelynn Lea (Snobarn, The Getarounds) said performing isn’t the only realm for her. She’s leaving her day job in June and will help promote and book bands in addition to playing music and providing lessons.
Chris LeBlanc (Yester, The Crunchy Bunch) said his passion for social justice issues and music are about equal. He has a day job at Life House.
Kyle Maclean (American Rebels) said he has a good feeling about this band and said he thinks people need more of it.
Scott Millis (American Rebels, The Acceleratii) said he might have dreamt bigger when he was in his 20s.
“It doesn’t provide me with much income, but there is a lot of satisfaction.”
Dan Dresser (Three Song Sunday) said that at the very least, playing music keeps him sane.
Jack Campbell (Shortwave, Jack Campbell & the Skeleton Keys) said teachers scared him into a Plan A.