2011 Homegrown Music Festival bands confirmed

Click here for more information about the Duluth music scene. Duluth bands Trampled by Turtles, and Charlie Parr have been confirmed to perform at the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival. According to the content coordinator for the Homegrown field guide, Paul Lundgren, Charlie Parr and Old Knifey and the Cutthroats are on the schedule to open for Trampled by Turtles on Wednesday night. The Homegrown committee is also hoping to secure Low to play the Friday night slot at Grandma’s Sports Garden, which will be the first time that the Sport’s Garden will act as a Homegrown venue.

The Homegrown chicken is the official mascot of the festival. Drawn by Chris Monroe, Courtesy of the Homegrown website

The committee has gone through more than 18 versions of the schedule. The official schedule will be released March 11, on the Homegrown website. The field guide will be released in early April.

The festival, which is in its 13th year, is the first week of May. It will be the largest Homegrown to date with over 160 bands. This number doesn’t include all of the DJs, poets, filmmakers, photographers, bellydancers and other artists that will be contributing.

“Why limit the festival?” Lundgren joked. “Really we should make it a month long thing.”

The Homegrown festival showcases exclusively Duluth acts for one week. Many different genres are included in the festival which is what Superior, Wisc., radio DJ Walt Dizzo appreciates about the event.

“Homegrown is putting the rap crew next to the hard rock crew next to the banjo players,” he said. “I think that’s something that’s really awesome.”

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