The onset of the Homegrown holiday week happens earlier than ever this year. The World Beat Drummers jump start the Children’s Music Showcase at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Superior Zoo, an appropriate new venue for wee wild ones. The family-friendly extravaganza features six back-to-back acts and a slate of kid-appropriate activities. The adult beverage portion of the fest begins at Blacklist Artisan Ales at 5 p.m. Go there to peep at pics from Homegrowns past and get swept up in the swanky sounds of Owls Club Big Band. At 7 p.m., the official kickoff and mayor’s reception happens in the expansive beer hall at Hoops Brewing. Master Brewer Dave Hoops is hyped to host again. Hoops will be crafting a hoppy brew for the occasion to honor Mayor Emily Larson. Mayor Larson takes the role of opening the fest seriously and intends to usher it in Marie Kondo style, sparking joy in festival goers with a method not yet determined at the time of interview. Larson offers some practical advice for Homegrown novices. “There will always be the big shows everyone knows about. Be open to the unexpected magic that happens when you walk into a venue you’re not quite sure about to see a band you don’t know.” Post mayoral proclamation, Cyr and Kitchen Shoes will entertain taproom patrons. Teatro Zuccone and Blacklist will host an eclectic trio of bands and brainiacs can flex their knowledge at Carmody Irish Pub with the Homegrown Pub Quiz. Per usual, Pizza Lucé is the place for the Sunday’s late-night scene with a diverse bill of newbies, from polka punk to hip-hop and garagicana.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival – Family Friendly Kick-Off

Please join us for the 2018 Duluth Homegrown Music Festival Children’s Music Showcase. Sunday 4/29/2018 12pm – 4pm **FREE*.

Its the family friendly kick off to the festival! The 2018 event will be held at Duluth Children’s Museum and features the music of Sonja Bjordal & Lee Martin, The Farsights, Dan the Monkeyman, Zeb or Zeke and the Run Away Screamings, and Teague Alexy & Erik Berry Mandolin Music. The World Beat Drummers from Myers Wilkins School kick the whole thing off right at noon! Additionally, we will have lots of other music and movement based fun for kids of all ages. Stay tuned for updates as the event draws near! Mothersong – check! May Pole – check! Superhero Yoga – check!