Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Homegrown Centerstage MN

by Doug MacRostie

As the temps rise, snow melts and the mud appears it's hard to not get excited for the upcoming festival season. One of the biggest (and coolest) events coming right up is the Duluth Homegrown Festival, a full week of music with over 150 local bands/musicians May 2nd-9th. This week on Centerstage MN I'll be talking with Shana David-Massett, the new Director of Homegrown - she'll talk about the event and highlight some of the local performers who are on this years line-up. The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival is a VERY cool thing - many cities that are WAY bigger don't have anything that comes even close to this. And with a specific focus on local talent, it's a great way to experience all the different sounds and styles coming out of Duluth.

I've also got a stack of MN CD's 18-deep (not counting the box below my desk) of recent arrivals to KAXE that I hope to get into the mix like the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Alison Scott, Charlie Roth, The Brass Kings, Sweet Papa Dave and Courtney Yasmineh. Not to mention Brother Ali and High Bongo... As always, way more music than I can possibly fit into a one hour program - but that's the beauty of it! There is so much great music in MN and I still feel like with almost 3 years of Centerstage MN we've barely seen the tip of the iceberg. I mean seriously, Duluth Homegrown selected 150 bands to perform, but there were close to 300 applicants - and that's just bands that are closely affiliated with Duluth!!!

We're always searching for MN artists, if there is a band/performer you think should be featured on Centerstage MN just let us know! You can email comments@kaxe.org or leave a message here.

Centerstage MN is Thursday evenings at 6, streaming live online at www.KAXE.org; or 91.7 Grand Rapids, 89.9 Brainerd and 105.3 Bemidji. All interviews are archived at www.KAXE.org and the show is rebroadcast Sunday mornings at 6.

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