Christine Dean

Music Director, Webmaster, Interim Station Manager

Christine started her radio career at age 17 in her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. She first came to KUMD as a student news intern and announcer in 1987, then spent many years working in commercial radio in Duluth before returning to the station in 2000. In 2008 she became the Music Director and is the producer of Live from Studio A, KUMD’s live performance and interview program. One of her favorite things about her job is the opportunity to share music from the Twin Ports’ many talented local artists. In her spare time she takes full of advantage of Duluth’s outdoors opportunities.

Credit Photo by Erin Welch

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Two woman singing, one playing the fiddle and one playing the guitar.
Christine Dean

Melissa Carper and Rebecca Patek formed this old-school country and folk duo in Austin, Texas before moving to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Carper, who plays guitar, banjo, and bass, has performed on Prairie Home Companion, while Patek is a three-time winner of the Wisconsin State Fiddle Championship who also plays guitar. The two joined us in the studio on May 29, 2019.

Buffalo Gals

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This year's Duluth Dylan Festival featured a concert from Joan Osborne, whose most recent album, Songs of Bob Dylan, paid tribute to Duluth's native son.

Mags David formed this women's chorus in 1999 with a small group of beginners learning how to sing. The group has since expanded to 30-plus members, have released an EP, and have performed steadily including at several Homegrown Music Festivals.

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This quartet formed when three members of the brass section of Twin Cities rock band Chooglin' broke off to start their own project, later adding drums to create a sound they call "hip shakin' beer jazz." They recently put out a second release, the EP All Day Music, recorded with Rich Mattson at Sparta Sound. 3/4 of the band, trumpeter Bob DeBoer, trombonist Zach Zins, and sousaphone player Hal Longley joined us in the studio on May 24, 2019 for a preview of their EP release show the same night at Beaner's Central.

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Lee Peterson is a local musician known for his work with band Loup Garou and as a solo artist under the name Lee Jeffrey. He's released music with both of those projects, and now has a new album under the name Plumstar. Listen to our session with him and his band from May 10, 2019

Plumstar on Bandcamp

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This year's second Homegrown Sunday graced us with much-needed sunshine, allowing music lovers to sprawl out onto Canal Park Brewing's patio and soak up some rays and tunes, as the final bands of the festival were piped through outdoor speakers.

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Stevie Twining

Jacob Mahon wasn't even born when the Homegrown Music Festival started in 1999, but on Saturday night, he and The Salty Dogs demonstrated that the fest in good hands as the next generation takes its place in the local music scene. 

Homegrown Music Festival 2019: Day 6

May 4, 2019
Woman in a wheelchair holding a fiddle singing into a microphone next to a seated man playing guitar with several women standing behind them on stage
Adam Reinhardt for KUMD

        A light chilly rain fell most of Friday evening, soaking hair and fogging camera lenses while music lovers scurried like rats through the maze of Superior Street construction detours. At times it raised the question, “Why are we even doing this?” They answer, of course, is that at the end of every mad dash was another mini party going on where there might be confetti cannons or a woman dressed in sparkles for Favorite Color Friday handing out sequined slap bracelets.

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    Thursday gave fans a chance to catch a handful of acts who, for whatever reason, didn’t make it onto the official Homegrown schedule.

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  Back at Clyde Iron Works, Superior Siren brought their moody elegance to the main stage, treating us to new material including a song called “Meet Cute” that lead Siren Laura Sellner described as being inspired by falling for someone at first sight. “It didn’t last,” she added. In the lobby, Clancy Ward and Kyle Ollah greeted incoming fans with a popup performance of duo fiddle tunes.

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Stevie Twining for KUMD

A few snow flurries and a blustery wind off the lake sweeping through Canal Park didn’t deter fans from turning out for night 3 of Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival, once again packing venues. Ursa Minor hit capacity early on, and things will only get busier as the week progresses. 

Bill Flannagan

This long-time member of Duluth's music scene has been in 19 out of 21 Duluth Homegrown Music Festivals. Generally a solo artist who plays guitar, mandolin, and piano, he had a band for his Homegrown performance on May 4 at Sir Benedict's Tavern. We found out more and hear some tunes when he joined us on special edition of Live from Studio A during The Local.

Homegrown Music Festival

Black-eyed Snakes

Led by Low's Alan Sparhawk, this long-running blues project is known for the primal energy of its live shows, which meld gospel fervor with a punk rock aesthetic . They recently independently released their third album, Seven Horses. They joined us in the studio on May 1 for a preview of their show the same night at Mr. D's Bar and Grill for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.

Black-eyed Snakes on Facebook
Homegrown Music Festival

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Stevie Twining for KUMD

  It’s getting harder to tell a Monday night of the Homegrown Music Festival from a Friday night. Both have live music all up and down a part of Superior Street, food trucks out in force, a shuttle to whisk fans between venues, and capacity crowds. It’s fair to say that if a mostly Lincoln Park-centered night was an experiment, it was a huge success.

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  Homegrown 2019 opened with a new location for the Children’s Showcase, the Lake Superior Zoo. The weather cooperated and the venue proved to be just spacious enough to accommodate a good-sized crowd of littles and their grownups without feeling packed.