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Iron Range Invasion: Duluth Homegrown Festival ventures to Virginia

via the Farsights on Facebook

The Duluth Homegrown Festival is branching out to Virginia—as in Virginia, Minnesota—on March 27 for a one-night mini-festival called the “Iron Range Invasion.”

The Invasion is free to the public, featuring eight bands at three different venues and “a mix from acoustic folk to punk rock.”

The event will serve as a (relatively) modest precursor to the eight-day long Homegrown Festival proper, which will take place from April 26 to May 3 with a lineup including Trampled by Turtles, Charlie Parr, and Actual Wolf, among many others.

The individual lineup for each of the Iron Range Invasion’s venues is below. Each venue is within walking distance of the others.

218 Taphouse/The Shop Coffeehouse

8:00 p.m.: Hattie Peterson—a soulful Duluth singer-songwriter.

9:00 p.m.: Kristy Marie & Jim Hall—a folk duo comprising two Duluth scene veterans.

Tommy’s Rainy Lake Saloon and Deli

8:30 p.m.: The Christopher David Hanson Band—a six-piece Americana group from the Iron Range.

9:30 p.m.: The Slamming Doors—Duluth alt-country group.

10:30 p.m.: Rich Mattson and the North Stars—Iron Range ghost town-based folk-rock group led by Twin Cities scene veteran Rich Mattson, formerly of Ol’ Yeller and The Glenrustles, among others.

Poppers Bar

9:00 p.m.: The Farsights—Punk rock trio and “Duluth’s most childish band,” according to their Facebook page.

10:00 p.m.: Average Mammals—Hibbing alt-rock foursome.

11:00 p.m.: The Iron Range Outlaw Brigade – “Punk rock country” band from the Iron Range.

This marks the Duluth Homegrown Festival’s 17th year. Since its inception the festival has grown from its origins as a birthday party into a huge affair with over 200 acts on its voluminous bill. This will be the Iron Range Invasion’s first year. Homegrown previously went on the road last year for a similar “Twin Cities Invasion” show at the Turf Club, which will return this year on April 17.

Austin Gerth is a member of the class of 2016 at Concordia College. He also writes for Concordia’s student blog, The COBBlog; and Concordia’s student newspaper, The Concordian.