But can the local music festival survive the pandemic? It’s too soon to tell, according to Melissa LaTour.
Homegrown Music Festival, an eight-day event that spans dozens of venues in the Twin Ports, is still on for April 26-May 3. But organizers have been kicking around alternatives — whether its cancellation, postponement, or even shows streamed online — for about the past month.
“At this point, we’re looking daily at what’s going on and how things are progressing, and we’re kind of in the same thought process as several other local businesses, like the Minnesota Ballet and Duluth Playhouse. We’re all watching,” LaTour said.
SXSW, the Austin-based film, music and tech festival scheduled for March 13-22, was canceled last week over concerns about COVID-19. Coachella, originally scheduled for April 9-19, has been postponed until October. On a smaller scale, Mid West Music Fest, held May 1-2 and Sept. 11-12, is seemingly still on.
Homegrown Music Festival, which started in 1999 as a birthday party for musician-artist-fun-maker Scott “Starfire” Lunt, has blown up into an annual event that also includes art, music, kickball and the annual hunt for the secret shows.
“There are a lot of moving parts,” said LaTour, including local businesses, trolley access, artist availability and more.
There is not a specific date for when a decision will be made, she said.