2024 Application Letters

Homegrown Applicants,

By now you are starting to see that acceptance and rejection letters are going out for the 2024 Festival.

On behalf of the whole Steering Committee I’d like to remind you not to get too discouraged if you don’t get accepted this year. It doesn’t mean that you will never get accepted, or that we don’t recognize your contributions and value to the local music scene.

To give you some perspective, we receive between 250 – 300 applications every year. This year we had 148 spots to fill. The band selection sub-committee (admittedly overseen by myself) has a very tough job in going through all the applications to put together a Festival that includes established acts, new acts and all types of music all while trying to get as many people involved as we can. I can assure you it’s not a guilt free job.

Please continue to do what you do, and apply again next year! Both the local music scene and the Festival depend on you keeping your heads up and your amps cranked!
If you ever have any questions about Festival operations please feel free to reach out to us through social media or our website www.DuluthHomeGrown.Org

Cory Jezierski
Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

2024 Winter Fiasco

It is that time of the year! The Homegrown Winter Fiasco.
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Date: Jan. 12, 2024

7:00 – 7:45 – Austin Castle
8:00 – 8:45 – Misisipi Mike Wolf
9:00 – 9:45 – Ann Kathryn & Band

8:15 – 9:00  – Boog3ym3n
9:15 – 10:00 – Horse Fzce
10:15 – 11:00 – Pronoya

9:00 – 9:45 – Mr. Kickass
10:00 – 10:45 – Beyondbliss
11:00 – 11:45 – The Gemstones

9:30 – 10:15  – Grand Holler
10:30 – 11:15 – Port City Limit
11:30 – 12:15 – Nvr Tgthr

Palomino Grant Update!

Pachyderm Studios has donated two days of studio time to be added to this grant. Thank you so much!


Trampled by Turtles and the Homegrown Music Festival are happy to present to you the Palomino Grant—available to musicians in the Twin Ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI.

The award is $5000 to be used in your battle against artistic mediocrity (recording, gear, touring—they’re all fair game). Our friends at the legendary Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls have also donated two days at their studio to the winner as a bonus.

The award winner will also be given the opening slot at the Trampled by Turtles + Jenny Lewis show at Bayfront Park in Duluth on July 8, 2023. To qualify as an individual, you must reside within twenty miles of either Duluth, MN or Superior, WI. To qualify as a band, at least half of your members must reside in that area.

Fit the bill? Complete and submit this application by May 11, 2023.

Thank you for making this little part of the world so beautiful.


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Homegrown: Day 1

The first performers at the 25th annual Homegrown Music Festival weren’t alive when the inaugural Homegrown happened in 1999. They weren’t even alive when the 10th Homegrown happened. That’s because the aerialists who make up the Phoenix Flyers are all under the age of 15.

This year’s Homegrown Children’s Music Showcase at Dovetail Café and Marketplace offers an array of performances and activities geared to kids and families. Along with six stage acts, there will be playthings available courtesy of the Duluth Children’s Museum and other entertainment, including balloon twisting and a beanbag toss fundraiser for Bags and Brews, which raises money to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson will proclaim Homegrown Music Festival Week in the city of Duluth during a 4 p.m. reception at Hoops Brewing. The crew at Hoops is creating another batch of Emily’s Extra IPA for the event. Owner Dave Hoops said the always dank India pale ale will be a special version this year that will be “extra dank.”

Warned of the promised dankness, Mayor Larson did not falter. “That’s risky,” she said, “but I like it.”

The mayor noted the introduction of a ceremonial chalice to last year’s reception is a new tradition she’s excited about.  Larson’s proclamation and remarks will be followed by music at Hoops, Zeitgeist Teatro, Blacklist, Carmody Irish Pub and the traditional New Band Showcase at Pizza Lucé.