Emily Haavik & the 35s

Not only is Homegrown this band’s “favorite time of year,” but Emily Haavik and the 35s plan to bring a new batch of songs to this year’s performance. All the band members are from Duluth, and most still live there — Lisa and Bryan Wentworth, Matt Prois, Luke Mirau, Alyssa Swanson, and Nate Weiler. Haavik and Dave Mehling live in Minneapolis and travel north whenever they can to play with their friends. Haavik’s songs have an emotional urgency reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s best work but with enough rustic sensibility to make it okay to keep one’s flannel on. The video for “Do You Think You Protect Me,” which came out at the end of 2022, is a particularly impressive community collaborative project bringing attention to violence against women.


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