Skip to main content

Duluth's weeklong Homegrown Music Festival begins Sunday

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDrqvvfoDfF

The 18th Duluth Homegrown Music Festival kicks off Sunday with more than a week of live music performances around the city.

This annual music showcase began in 1999 when Scott "Starfire" Lunt threw a birthday party with about 10 local bands. The event has now grown to feature about 200 musical acts – all that have local ties, according to the event's website.

The festivities kickoff Sunday with kid-friendly music, and end May 8 with a bluegrass band show, the Duluth News Tribune says. But in between there are shows for everyone's taste in music, including rock, punk, folk, metal and art rock, among others, the paper says.

Aaron Brown, who writes the Minnesota Brown blog, calls Duluth's music scene a "workmanlike mishmash of many styles of music" – and that's just what this festival is, adding it's where "many up-and-coming bands are first noticed, and celebrated heroes come home to play."

The bands will perform at roughly 40 different venues throughout Duluth and Superior. See a full schedule of acts here.

If you plan to go

There are various ticket options – you buy a ticket and get a wristband, which allows you to travel from venue to venue to see as much live music as you'd like:

It's $30 for a wristband for the week, Homegrown wrote on Facebook. But there are also single-day options: It's $10 for a single-day weekday wristband, while a single-day wristband for Saturday and Sunday is $20.

You can buy them at any venue that requires paid admission – but it's cash only. Or you can pick up a wristband with cash or a credit/debit card at the Electric Fetus, the Facebook post notes.

The festival has shows that are open to both all ages and 21-plus.

There are fewer shows during the week and they tend to be more spread out in Duluth and Superior, according to the event's website.

On Friday and Saturday, there are more shows concentrated on venues near Superior Street in downtown Duluth. And there's a free bus – called the Homegrown Trolley – that runs up and down Superior Street so concertgoers can get between venues easier.

Not sure who to see? Duluth Homegrown insiders gave their picks for don't-miss shows to the Duluth News Tribune.

Next Up

Gregory Ulrich

Jury selection begins in trial of Buffalo clinic shooter, Gregory Ulrich

The Buffalo health clinic shooter is accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring four others last year.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, May 16

The latest from the state health department.

ambulance

Tow truck workers struck by hit-and-run driver on I-35

The driver was in a black 2006 Lincoln MKZ.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz, DFL, GOP reach agreement on state surplus spending

The framework deal includes spending on education, health care, human services and public safety, as well as tax cuts.

Harriet Island flooding, St. Paul

St. Paul to close road in anticipation of Mississippi River flooding

River levels are expected to rise through the week.

Michael Davis

Former Mormon church leader convicted of sexually assaulting boy, 13

It emerged that the church leader was a registered sex offender.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Lost 1-year-old reunited with parents in Brooklyn Park

The girl was found by a concerned citizen around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Screen Shot 2020-12-27 at 8.33.49 AM

For 2nd time, Minnesota farm devastated by deadly fire

Around 1,000 goats and a litter of puppies were killed when a barn caught fire on Friday.

ambulance

Fleeing suspect crashes, killing innocent driver in Brooklyn Park

The suspect fled police in Osseo and was going south on County Road 81.

1497 S Ferry St, Anoka, MN 55303, United States - August 2021

Body found tangled with debris in the Mississippi River

The individual's name has not yet been released.

Northtown Mall Carnival

Around 100 kids run from carnival fight into Northtown Mall

Police say a large fight was happening on the ferris wheel before kids fled into the mall.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.29.03 AM

Former state senator Scott Jensen endorsed by GOP for governor

Jensen beat to multiple other hopefuls for the endorsement at Saturday's convention.

Related

Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival features 200 acts in 1 week

The festival started 19 years ago as a birthday party.

Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival features 200 acts in 1 week

The festival started 19 years ago as a birthday party.