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Best Bets: Homegrown Music Festival kicks off

Coyote opens Homegrown Music Festival with a set Sunday at Teatro Zuccone. 2012 file/ News Tribune.

There is no way to predict what might happen during Homegrown Music Festival season. In the past, patrons of the mostly music, but also poetry, video, art, fire dancing, trolley-riding and kickball festival have experienced things like:

• The specific smell of large quantities of Jell-O during a food fight at the Duluth Art Institute;

• Face paint, sequins, clapping and snaky Michael Hutchence moves

• High fives and make outs and group sing-alongs

• The crowd-surfing antics of a stuffed yellow monkey

• Clavicle-to-clavicle crowds in warm, pizza-scented venues

The eight-day festival starts with Coyote at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Teatro Zuccone (which, incidentally, is before the official mayoral proclamation at 8:30 p.m. at Tycoons). The final act is The Silk Sheiks at 3:30 p.m. May 4 at Canal Park Brewing Co.

Before the week-plus is through, about 200 bands will play at about 35 venues in the Twin Ports.

GO SEE IT What: Homegrown Music Festival

When: Sunday through May 4

Where: Venues in Duluth and Superior

Tickets: $25 weeklong pass, $15 single-day weekend pass, $5 single-day weekday pass; Available at participating venues. Note: Wednesday’s shows in the banquet hall at Clyde Iron Works require a weeklong pass.

Online: For a full sked, go to; See the News Tribune for daily Homegrown coverage

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