The Homegrown Music Festival is Duluth’s annual showcase of rawk and/or roll devil music. It began as a simple birthday party with a handful of bands and a bunch of beer. Now it’s a complete bureaucracy, run by a volunteer steering committee and a board of directors, featuring over 180 musical acts, along with a few filmmakers and other artists
BIG WAVE DAVE & THE RIPPLES
Duluth-based hard-hitting 8 piece R&B/Rock/Soul band formed in February 2011. Big Wave Dave Adams (Vocals, Trumpet), Alex Piazza (Bass), Andy Olmstead (Guitar), Dave Mennes (Drums), David Rode (Trumpet), Alex Nordehn (Trombone), Steve Rogers (Tenor Sax), Matt Wasmund (Baritone Sax), Brian Wells (Keys).
Alan Sparhawk is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist and vocalist for bands Low and Retribution Gospel Choir.
EMILY HAAVIK AND FRIENDS
Emily Haavik and her five-piece folk band were hard at work recording their first album with Jason Wussow at Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse over the winter. A long-time Duluth resident and recent transplant to St. Paul, Haavik hopes to keep a steady Duluth presence.
THE LOWLAND LAKERS
Haley Rydell and Nate Case met through a mutual friend, Henry Pollan, in October of 2004 at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Lake Superior Hall. Case’s dorm complex, affectionately known as the “Ghetto in the Sky,” was home to the infant jam sessions among their freshman year hippie band, Noble Haze. The band saw minor success opening UMD’s big spring concert for national giants, Guster, and the group soon let their newly found rock stardom go completely to their heads.