Kevin Stanke

Community Outreach

Kevin works to form partnerships with local organizations to spread word of events to the KUMD audience. He began volunteering with KUMD in 2016, spinning tunes for The Local and The Lounge as "Marvin Themix". He enjoys finding new music, playing guitar, pick-up basketball, enjoying Duluth's outdoor activities and time with his family.

Ways to Connect

Hour two of The Local included a specially curated set by Teague Alexy in honor of Homegrown. We also chatted about his move to the Northland from New Jersey, his new Film THIS FEELING WILL BE OVER SOON, his upcoming Homegrown performance (his first live performance since lockdown) Saturday at Earth Rider.

As part of a special Homegrown performance, members of New Salty Dog members Jacob and Owen Mahon visited The Local to perform 2 new songs as well a cut from their recent Pecan, Pecon album. They announced the plan to release a new album later this year, discussed their life as brothers, and expressed their desire to always play music no matter the circumstances. 

New Salty Dog will be performing at The Ripple Bar Friday, and Earth Rider Brewing both Saturday and Sunday.

Young man wearing headphones in front of a microphone in a radio studio.
Kevin Stanke for KUMD

Marvin Themix sat down for a conversation with Thro, an 18-year-old musician who spent the past year distance learning at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley after a year on their campus. He discusses his newest EP, A Week with Annabelle, and the inspiration he gathers for his songwriting from his spring walks up the Lester River.

Paul Lundgren, one of the founders of Perfect Duluth Day (Duluth's self-proclaimed "Duluthiest" web site) joined DJ Marvin Themix to talk about how it all started, how the pandemic has affected what they do, and what keeps him in Duluth. Also, as a member of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival committee, he gives us a preview of this year's virtual event.

Here's the full version of a song Paul references as a catlyst for his involvement in Duluth's music scene:

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https://hclib.musicat.co/

MNspin is a project launched by the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis in 2017 to connect Minnesota musicians with a wider audience. MarvinThemix talked with the library's Jeff Radford about the effort and how musicians can submit their music.

MNspin

Homegrown 2021
Homegrown 2021

The 2021 Homegrown Music Festival is moving online, May 2 - May 9, 2021. Homegrown is accepting submissions to be a part of the festival until March 26 available at https://duluthhomegrown.org/application/

Marvin Themix checked in with Melissa LaTour, Director of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival, about what the event will look like this year since the decision to make this year's festival virtual. Listen to their conversation from February 24, 2021.

AfroGeode on The Local

Feb 11, 2021
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Kevin Stanke for KUMD

KUMD's Marvin Themix had a chance to chat with up-and-coming local vocalist and creative AfroGeode on The Local on 2-10-21. She shared how she chose that name and talked about her new single, "Unprotected Woman." The full single is available on all streaming platforms.

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KUMD

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our $35,000 fundraising goal for this fall. Every dollar donated this month supports KUMD's music and programming, broadcasting across the Northland, and streaming online around the world.

KUMD Rooted in Community
KUMD

Thank you for supporting KUMD through the years! We are approaching the end of our fiscal year and are asking for your help to assist our member-supported station. We have continued to air your favorite Northland programming 24/7 and your membership allows us to create the community focused programming and cultivate the music you love.

Chicago based Wilco returns to Duluth, MN on Tue March 10th in the DECC’s Symphony Hall in support of their latest studio album, ODE TO JOY featuring 11 new songs.  Jeff Tweedy and company will be lively and fresh for their second show of their 2020 North American tour.

Join KUMD at the starting line for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon! 

Meet the mushers at 9am, catch the start of the race at 11am. 

We will be starting at Billy’s in Duluth 

Billy’s Bar (3502 W. Tischer Rd, Duluth,MN)

KUMD will be at the Beargrease Cutest Puppy Contest at Fitger's on January 25 taking in the region's cutest pups! The event is free and open to the public.

Do you have a puppy you would like to enter into the contest? Registration Is FREE and starts at 11:00 am at Fitger’s and ends at 12:00 pm. Voting begins at 12:00 pm and closes at 2:00 pm. Award Ceremony will be at approximately 2:15 pm.. Open to the first 40 puppies!

Age Requirements: puppies must be between 4 to 9 months.

Avett Brothers
Hattie Peach for KUMD

The Avett Brothers are returning to Duluth, this time bringing their Americana Rock sounds outdoors to Bayfront Festival Park. The show will start at 6pm with openers yet to be announced. Gates will open at 5pm. Hear The Avett Brothers play tracks from their latest album Closer than Together as well as many of their classics at Bayfront. 

The Avett Brothers are locked in for September 8, 2021 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. All tickets for the postponed July 7, 2020 date will be honored for the new date. There is no need to exchange tickets.

2019 Entrepreneurship Conference
2019 Entrepreneurship Conference Facebook

UMD students, educators and entrepreneurs will come together for the 2019 Entrepreneurship Conference at UMD . People who attend will hear from successful local, regional, and national entrepreneurs about the impact they have had in their respective fields as well as attend workshops and network. Paid attendees will be provided lunch and all attendees will receive snacks and refreshments.

This conference is an initiative of The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) and is 100% student-run.

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