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DULUTH - Music is an everyday part of the Northland, but next week will be dedicated to all things music.
“Tons and tons of groups that can do everything in this town. So anybody with any kind of taste in any kind of music can be happy this week at Homegrown,” Aaron Hallsten, a local jazz musician, said.
Aaron is a graduate of U.M.D. and although he’s not performing in the Homegrown Music Festival, he appreciates what it has done for the local music scene.
“Even five or six years ago it was a lot slower, and with Homegrown it seems like the scene has gotten much larger,” Hallsten said.
The Homegrown Festival is in its 15th year and boasts the largest line-up in its history with more than 180 unique acts, which is very much representative of the diverse music scene in Duluth.
“Duluth has got a huge variety of music, that is something people really need to pay attention to. You’ve got jazz and you’ve got funk and you’ve got Rock-n-Roll,” Hallsten said.
It’s also a week that local businesses really look forward to.
“It’s an excellent week in and of itself for us business-wise so we appreciate that, of course,” Brad Nelson, marketing director of Fitger’s, said.
Perfromances take place at multiple locations across the Twin Ports, at more than 30 venues.
“It gets people moving again in the Spring, it breaks that cabin fever thing, it’s sort of the first weekend every year where people really start to move around a lot and get out of their houses a lot,” Nelson said.
The momentum built this weekend sets the tone for the rest of the season and will surely leave the Twin Ports a more musically rich community.