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Duluth Homegrown Music Festival begins April 30 with free family-friendly event

An event poster for the "2023 Homegrown Children's Music Showcase". Six different info graphics read; "FREE", "11:15 Phoenix Flyers 12:00 Jeremy Lepak", "12:45 Avery Sorenson 1:30 Dan the Monkey Man", "April 30th", "2:15 Steve's Over Populated One Man Band 3:00 Hermantown Pep Band", "Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace 1917 W. Superior St."
Duluth Homegrown Music Festival
2023 Homegrown Children's Music Showcase Poster

Jenny Armstrong, curator of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival's Children's Music Showcase, joined Centerstage Minnesota.

DULUTH — For eight days at the end of April and early May, the Twin Ports celebrates live local music during the Homegrown Music Festival.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival steering committee member Jenny Armstrong joined Centerstage Minnesota to talk about the Children’s Music Showcase that kicks off the festival. While much of the festival is 21-plus, the opening event is for everyone.

“The whole goal of it is that it's free, it's family friendly, and it's really a chance to bring the whole family out to get excited about Homegrown,” said Armstrong, who curates the showcase. “And to kind of let everybody be a part of it and really get the feel for it.”

This year's showcase is taking place at The Dovetail Café & Bakery in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth, and will feature face painting, a ventriloquist and a young group of aerialists, alongside performances by Dan the Monkey Man, Steve Solkela’s “Overpopulated” One-Man Band, and more.

You can find a complete schedule of festival events at the Homegrown website.

To hear more about the festival and the Children’s Music Showcase, listen to the full conversation above. Centerstage Minnesota is made possible by the citizens of Minnesota, through the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Malachy started his radio career at a college radio station, where he played weird music in the middle of the night to possibly no one. On a good night maybe his parents were listening. Nonetheless, he was hooked on public radio and is still doing it today. He joined Northern Community Radio in 2022, where he gets to share his passion for local music as Producer of Centerstage Minnesota, an all Minnesota music show airing Fridays at 2pm.