Bill Bastian

Bill Bastian describes his act as a one-man cover band performing arrangements that date back more than 200 years. Bastian is an opera singer by trade, having performed with acts such as the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and Lyric Opera of the North. But opera music is not on the set list at Homegrown. Instead the performance will lean on rock-and-roll and blues influences. “Philosophically, I see all written notes as advisory,” he says. “They offer a certain structure; however, the guitar offers me the freedom to be creative, free from the stigma of ‘wrong notes.’”