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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 Festival 2024 Day 5

On Day 5 of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2024, a couple of unofficial events (morning music at Duluth Coffee Company and SoupB4Supe at 2104) happened in Duluth, but all official events happened across the bridge in Superior, Wisconsin. The weather turned gloomy again, with evening rain pushing the planned outdoor sets at the Earh Rider Brewery Festival Grounds into the Cedar Lounge later in the evening. A few hardy souls chose to linger on the grounds gathered around a fire, listening to the music being piped through speakers from inside the Cedar, and the outdoor Spin Collective performance went on as planned. The Rambler food truck was on hand outside the Cedar, and starting at 7 the Homegrown trolley made the rounds between the night's six venues.

A man playing a keyboard standing to the left of a man playing guitar on one side of a room set up as a stage
Christine Dean
The Trash Cats perform at Superior Tavern

The Trash Cats opened the night at Superior Tavern, playing their originals and favorite covers including fun.'s "We are Young."

Two men play guitar and sing into microphones on an elevated stage. Behind them to the left is a saxophone player and a flag on the wall with a symbol looking like the prow of a ship.
Lexi Hausmann
The Old Smugglers perform at Cedar Lounge

Following Superior Mayor Jim Paine's brief opening reception, which included a special welcome for the Minnesotans in the crowd, The Old Smugglers took the stage for a typically rousing set.

A man raps into a microphone while in a background a DJ plays beats
Katelyn Brinza
Brinn Major performs at Superior Tavern

Back at Superior Tavern, local hip-hop artist Brinn Major (backed by DJ Jaze, who's made multiple supporting appearances already this week) performed. Their set included tracks from their new album, Manifest. They referenced one song as their favorite they've ever written, saying, "It's sappy as sh*t," and joked, "What do you want from me, I'm an angsty sonofabitch from St. Paul." . The music wasn’t exactly danceable, but the message was delivered with precise rhythm and rhymes with a sick beat.

A green food truck in the foreground and on the street behind it an old-fashioned looking trolley is passing by.
Christine Dean
The Rambler food truck and the Homegrown trolley outside of Cedar Lounge

At Havanas, patrons were overheard remarking they hadn't been in the space since it was the old Thirsty Pagan. Teague Alexy and the Common Thread held court in a packed house with a rip-roaring, hard-driving set. Teague’s musical evolution over the years truly mixes well with a full band as his Dylan-esque lyrical waltz and subtle storytelling had the crowd wishing for more room to dance.

A band performs in a stage area set up at one side of a bar
Katelyn Brinza
Misisipi Mike performs at Superior Tavern

Another rip-roaring, hard-driving set was happening at Superior Tavern, but more with a backyard stomp feel as Misispi Mike Wolf and his band took the stage. It could have turned into a hootenanny or even a hucklebuck at any moment, but Misisip Mike Wolf knew how to manipulate the crowd and maintain a level of decorum that was appropriate to his musical style.

A man on an elevated stage playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Christine Dean
Tor Leseman performs at Cedar Lounge

At Cedar Lounge, singer/songwriter Thor Leseman kicked off his set with a rousing "Ziggy zaggy, ziggy zaggy, oi oi oi" toast. He identified himself as an Iron Ranger, and called out some familiar faces in the crowd; those fans seemed especially excited when Leseman introduced a tune that is apparently a favorite: "This is a song about a tree. A ponderosa pine."

A rock band performing on a stage in the corner of a bar
Sorrows Never Die

Over at Tower Avenue Tavern, hard-rock band Sorrows Never Die took the stage, with frontman Nicolas Quinones' eight-string guitar front and center and the drummer wearing a shirt that said "Mom Pleaser." A man connected to the band kept bringing a steady stream of beers for the them, inspiring one crowd member to ask a friend, "If we started a band, would you be my beer guy?"

A young woman on stage holding a microphone
Lexi Hausmann
Embalming Eva perform at the Main Club

The EmbalmingEva set at the Main Club was clearly one of the night's most anticipated, with the venue at capacity almost immediately. The duo reminded the crowd that they'd first played Homegrown together as 11-year-olds. Accompanying themselves with backing tracks played from a phone, they shared some new songs, including one called "Hit Me in the Face," and invited a member of the audience onstage to hold a small blackboard so they could play tic-tac-toe during another song. In honor of being described as "rock-and-roll vampires" in the Homegrown Field Guide, they ended with a cover of a song from the Twilight soundtrack.

A performer breathing fire on a damp roadway at night with people in rain jackets looking on in the background
Christine Dean
The Spin Collective performs near the Earth Rider Brewery Festival Grounds

Despite the drizzle, the show went on for the Spin Collective, who showed off their fire spinning and breathing skills for a good-sized crowd.

A woman plays guitar and sings into a microphone on an elevated stage
Christine Dean
Kaylee Matuszak performs at Cedar Lounge

Kaylee Matuszak, who played with Berserk Blondes! the previous night, did a solo set at Cedar Lounge. Introducing a couple of "downers," she promised a fun song after that, remarking, "Wait, they're all fun. It's me!"

A band performing on a stage in the corner of a bar. as seen from the side.
Lexi Hausmann
Boxcar performs at Tower Avenue Tavern

Back at Tower Avenue Tavern, Boxcar squeezed seven band members onto the smallish stage and blew threw a rollicking set of roots-rock originals with ease, ending with an epic version of Led Zeppelin's "Going to California."

A woman on a stage holds a mic stand with both hands while leaning back. To her left is a man playing guitar and a drum kit can be seen behind her.
Christine Dean
Nvr Tgthr at Havanas

At Havanas, indie rockers Nvr Tgthr took the stage, while back at Tower Avenue Tavern it was Born Too Late.

A band performs on a stage in the corner of a bar. A sign in the background reads "Welcome to Tower Avenue Tavern, Drink Up!
Christine Dean
Born Too Late performs at Tower Avenue Tavern
A band performs on a stage.
Katelyn Brinza
The Gemstones perform at the Main Club

At The Main Club, The Gemstones did primarily originals, including and unreleased song called "Streetlights." They ended the set with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," getting the crowd clapping, whooping, and hollering.

A man plays guitar and sings into a microphone on an elevated stage
Lexi Hausmann
Greg Cougar Conley performs at Cedar Lounge

Twin Ports music veteran Greg Cougar Conley has played Homegrown sets through the years in a variety of bands, but never in a country band. He performed songs from his recently-released album Cougar Country with his band, originally intended to play outside on the big stage, packed tightly on the stage with Jake Larson playing steel guitar out on the main floor.

A man kneeling on stage singing into a microphone with a light shinining in the foreground left of the picture. A guitarist is behind him and a pedal board can be seen in the foreground.
Lexi Hausmann
Torment perform at the Main Club

By the time 10:45 rolled around, the audience at The Main Club was chanting "Torment, Torment!" and the moshing started the minute the heavy metal band started playing. They came prepared, with props including a box of pool noodles that was hurled out into the crowd at one point. It was a perfect, cathartic end to Homegrown Day 5.

Coming up:

It's Friday, with venues stretching from Sir Benedict's on the east central part of town to Wussow's Concert Cafe out in West Duluth.

The dress-up theme is Superhero Night

Coverage of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 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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