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NorthFest, the First KUMD Campus Music Festival

Jamie Ness
9 am: Jamie Ness, UMD alumus, in the Northern Shores Coffee Shop  
Clover Street Cronies
11 am: The Clover Street Cronies in the Ven Den  
Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank
1 pm: The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank in the food court  
Rachael Kilgou
3 pm: Rachael Kilgour in the Kirby Lounge, accompanied for a sing-a-long by local children  
Jaw Van Knee
7 pm: One-man-band Jaw Vee Knee in the Kirby Rafters  
Red Mountain
8 pm: Red Mountain in the Kirby Rafters  
Gramma's Boyfriend
9 pm: Grammas Boyfriend, featuring Haley Bonar, in the Kirby Rafters  
GianniCash, a UMd Graduate Student and Hip-Hop artist
10 pm: A Hip Hop Showcase featuring Branomatic, Trinh, Nonfic, Thadi P, and Giannicash, in the Kirby Underground  
Fever Dream
11 pm: Marc Gartman’s ‘Fever Dream’ in the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium featuring guests Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington of another Duluth band, Low.  

It may be happening on April 1st, but KUMD’s ‘NorthFest’ music festival is no joke. This marks the first music festival to be hosted by KUMD, and also the first to be held at UMD.

“It was all due to the hard work of our passionate student workers and volunteers,” said KUMD’s Emma Deaner. "As a public radio station, we strive to connect the UMD campus with the music scene that's thriving within their own community."

Deaner and the rest of the KUMD staff have a lot to advocate; the Duluth area is known for it’s talented indie scene. "In some ways, the music scene around here is one of Duluth's best kept secrets. A secret that's worth sharing." Deaner said.

NorthFest features Minnesota musicians with Duluth connections, almost all actively performing in Duluth. Over 10 of the musicians are UMD Alumni. "It says a lot about the artists, when we were inviting local bands to play the festival, how willing they were to come back to their alma mater and play music in the very same place they once attended class. Many alumni are coming back to their roots for the first time since graduating."

The lineup:

Jamie Ness, UMD alum, will cover Bob Dylan in the Northern Shores Coffee Shop at 9 am. Ness also plays in a band called The Boomchucks, which includes himself and Brad Nelson, providing a southern Americana taste to Duluth since 2008.

The Clover Street Cronies will play folk tunes for the folks in the newly renovated Ven Den at 11 am. The band consists of mainstays Charlotte Montgomery (banjo, guitar, spoons), Skyler Hawkins (banjo, guitar, washboard, bones), Soren Dietzel (clari, jug), and Kyle Ollah (fiddle, guitar).

The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, brother duo, Ian and Teague Alexy, will perform in the food court at 1 pm. They play a “brand of roots music” blues and that runs through their Irish lineage.

Rachael Kilgour, folk singer, activist, and former UMD student, will play the Kirby Lounge at 3 pm. She will finish off her set with some sing-a-long performances by local children. Working in the childcare industry, and also parenting a daughter of her own, she is able to see that the energy and love people put into raising children is of utmost importance.

One-man-band Jaw Vee Knee will kick off the headline show in the Kirby Rafters at 7 pm with a rippin’ and rompin’ performance full of what he would describe as “Boogie Woogie Trash,” also referred to as “deep fried trash blues.”

Red Mountain will rock the Kirby Rafters at 8 pm. Leading man of the band Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl, describes their sound as Rhythmic Bohemian Pop and states that “it is a large sound, not typically what you would expect in the Northland." The band features UMD alumni, staff, and former students: Anton Jimenez-Kloeckl (Keyboard, vocals), Matt Mobley (bass), and Jeremy Ehlert (guitar).

Gramma’s Boyfriend, playing some "weird groovy dance punk," will finish off the showcase performances in the Kirby Rafters. Their performance begins at 9 pm. Gramma's Boyfriend consists of Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mark Erickson, Luke Anderson, Jacob Hanson, and UMD alum Haley Bonar.

A Hip Hop Showcase featuring Duluth artists BranoLogic of The Crunchy Bunch, Nonfic, UMD alumni Trinh and Thadi P, and UMD masters student GianniCASH,will bring the party to the Kirby Underground at 10 pm.

Duluthian Marc Gartman’s ‘Fever Dream’ will wind things down in the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium starting at 11 pm with an electronic synth pop performance, featuring Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington of another Duluth band, Low.

Northfest was made possible through partnerships with other campus organizations such as the Kirby Program Board, The UMD Statesman and UMD stores. Funding is provided by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Written by Zach Lunderberg. March, 2015.

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