A few things to know about this year’s Homegrown Music Festival: forget your bedtime, get ready to pound the Lincoln Park pavement, and the band that started it all plays at the Cedar Lounge on Thursday.
The festival’s keepers released this year’s schedule for the eight-day music and more fest that includes about 200 acts at dozens of venues in Duluth and Superior. Homegrown Music Festival is April 28-May 5. A fest-long wristband is $30; single weekday day passes are $10 and single day weekend passes are $20. Fest-goers must have a week-long pass for Wednesday’s shows at Clyde Iron Works’ main room.
Points of interest: Zeb or Zeke and the Run Away Screamings and Born Too Late both play twice - starting with the Children’s Music Showcase on April 28. Later that night, the Mayoral Proclamation is at Hoops Brewing. The poetry showcase is, for the first time, at the Duluth Folk School on April 29 - and the music stays in the neighborhood at places like Caddy Shack and Duluth Cider. On April 30, the lineup at Grandma’s Sports Garden includes Glen’s Neighbor, Ingeborg von Aggasiz and Big Wave Dave and the Ripples. Alamode headlines Clyde Iron Works on May 1 - and the Black-Eyed Snakes shut down the show at Mr. D’s.
Father Hennepin, featuring Scott “Starfire” Lunt - whose birthday party is the reason for the season - plays at 9 p.m. May 2 at Cedar Lounge in Superior. And Bratwurst, known for its performance art-meat play, plays at a literal meat place: Izzy’s BBQ Lounge.
Then, the weekend.
For the full deets, go to www.duluthhomegrown.org.
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Musician Gaelynn Lea’s mix is now available at www.duluthhomegrown.bandcamp.com. The 16-song collection starts with Jerree Small, ends with Woodblind and in between are a lot of the bands the NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner is associated with: Al Church & State, The Fontanelles, Low, Dan Dresser and more.
The fest’s past mixes - curated by artist-music heads like Christine Dean, Jason Wussow, Eric Swanson - are also available online.