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Tune in as we celebrate the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, happening April 28-May 5. We have you covered with daily Live From Studio A sessions featuring Homegrown rawk and/or rollers, festival highlights from local music experts, and daily photo and blog posts.Like and follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be in the know for Homegrown.This Homegrown Week on The North 103.3 is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Homegrown Music Tune-Up 2024

A graphic featuring a colorful cartoon chicken at the top next to the words Homegrown Music Tune-Up. Below that are two photos of bands sitting together. The band on the left has the words Shane Nelson at the bottom of the photo and the band on the right has The Gemstones written at the bottom of their photo.
Graphic: Nick Stoltman Photos: Nina Fredrickson for The North 103.3
The Gemstones interview and performance from the Homegrown Music Tune-up

The North 103.3 gave listeners and viewers to PBS North a preview of the 2024 Duluth Homegrown Music Festival when two bands performing at the festival joined us in the studios of PBS North.

Shane Nelson is a Twin Ports native who's been making music his whole life. The North 103.3's Christine Dean talked with him about his musical background, including his former band Crescent Moon, and about his forthcoming album, The Music Saved My Life. Nelson performed songs from the album backed by the band who worked on it with him, featuring Duluth music scene veterans Maxi Childs, Steve Netzel, Ron Koivisto, and Jerry Siproth.

The Gemstones got their start when Diona Johnson, aka Afrogeode, a rising star on the local music scene, put together a band to perform with her at the Twin Ports Pride Festival. After Johnson died just a month before the 2023 Homegrown Music Festival, the band, which features vocalist and keyboard Courtney Ellian, guitarist Josh Nickila, bassist Manny Eisele, and drummer Ian Hopp, made the difficult decision to carry on. The North 103.3's Katelyn Brinza talked with the band about that decision, carrying on Johnson's legacy, songwriting, and more, and the band performed three songs (plus a bonus jam included on the extended version of the special that aired PBS North that you can check out below).

Coverage of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival on The North 103.3 is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Christine is The North 103.3's Music Director, a host of Music Through the Day, and the producer of Live from Studio A. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.
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