Winter Fiasco Previews Homegrown Music Festival

Emily Ness
Updated: January 10, 2020 10:36 PM

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is one of the premiere music festivals of the year. On Friday, the festival previewed what is to come this summer through their Winter Fiasco.


“It’s fantastic. Just tons of energy. Like the ramp up to actual Homegrown,” Crystal Holden, steering comity member said.

The Fiasco included an impressive roster of local talent spread out over four locations. Festivities began shortly after 7:00pm at Sir Ben’s and continued at the Rex, Blacklist and Pizza Luce. Some acts played until after midnight. A shuttle was available transport guests from one location to the next.

“It’s amazing,” Dereck Murphy-Williams, steering comity member and volunteer coordinator said. “It’s fun to see everyone in the community come out.”

According to comity members, band selection for Homegrown Music Festival took place roughly a week ago.

“We have our base group of artists that will be performing in the main festival and then you know, sometimes surprises happen so stay tuned,” Holden said.

A number of locations for the festival will also remain the same and comity members are eager for the date to arrive. They stressed the importance of volunteers in making the event possible.

“We love our volunteers! Sign up, you get a wrist band for the whole week, you get a limited edition festival t-shirt signed by an awesome local artist and you get some swag from local businesses. It’s a really good opportunity and we couldn’t do it without our volunteers,” Holden said.

More information about volunteering can be found here.

“We have volunteers who distribute our field guide which is our publication that lets everyone know what’s going on throughout the week and then we have volunteers that actually run the doors and put the wrist bands on people to get into all the shows through the week and just people high fiving, building moral and building fun at every venue door,” Murphy-Williams said.

That fun could be felt by hundreds at the Fiasco Friday, which set a solid foundation for the rock and roll that is to come in the months ahead.


Emily Ness

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