This year in Blasphemists fashion: A black garbage bag cinched at the waist with a belt, best paired with Moon Boots.
The foursome known for its shank-revealing styles and punk sensibilities played for a full house at Teatro Zuccone on Friday night in the early hours of Day 6 of Homegrown Music Festival. There was no mosh, but plenty of smash. As usual, members of the audience were invited to spontaneously chuck small plates into a metal garbage can at the front of the stage.
Some did so with gusto; others required a tug.
“This is a good line for it,” singer Adam Sundberg said, breaking away from a song about a failed Arctic expedition to coax an audience member toward the can. Guitar player Joshua Herbert wore a helmet with antlers and drummer Steve Hamlin had the word “cheese” written across his chest.
They clawed at the the garbage bags until they hung from their waists.
Local musician Mark Glen got up from his chair in the audience and broke a plate.
“There’s no turning back,” the band harmonized.
Sundberg told a snippet of the band’s origin story, which included a tale about something tossed from the stage and almost hitting a woman, then segued into the next song.
“This song is about piracy,” he said.
Audience member Paul Lundgren emerged from the crowd to put an empty can of Bent Paddle between two plates and then smashed the whole thing.
More than 40 bands were scheduled to play at 15 venues in Duluth on Friday night, kicking off the final weekend of the eight-day mostly music festival. The music continues through Sunday afternoon. All told, more than 200 bands are taking part in this year’s festival.
Over the years, musicians have frequently given unofficial performances aboard the free DTA Trolley that delivers festival-goers to downtown venues. This year, the acts were pre-booked.
Raphael Tiller — who performs as Accipiter, Buteo — had the first shift and played his acoustic guitar on the bus’s back bench, his audience coming and going at trolley stops.
“This is the coolest. I didn’t know they did this,” said Luke Donahue, who was on his way to The Underground.
“Freebird!” a rider called.
“Free Chicken,” Tiller responded, then added, “I don’t have a song about a chicken, but I have a song about apples.”
He sang about climbing so high he almost touched the sky and when more riders hopped aboard he called out:
Earlier in the night, a group of young musicians dressed in Hawaiian shirts and shorts performed a vacation-themed set.
“Will you love me in the morning,” Paper Parlour’s Kirdan Wenger sang in a folky-blues style with a tune that had traces of “You are my Sunshine.”
The group that includes Mitch Selin on guitar, Wilson Johnson on bass and Chad Erlemeier on drums took a break mid-set to tell jokes.
“What do you call a bear with no teeth?” Wenger asked. The answer: A gummy bear.
A crew of 10 folk musicians and friends, the house band for a church in Mahtowa, played within the Seuss-ian set of an upcoming production of “The Cat in the Hat” at The Underground. The Holy Hootenanners have a country gospel sound and sing original tunes, mixing it up between a handful of singers, a bass player, a keyboardist and drummer and violin players.
Rashelle Sweney of Superior hadn’t seen the group before Friday. She was drawn by the band’s description.
“I figured they were my kind of people,” she said.
Also: she shares a name.
“I call myself the Hootegranny,” she said.
Photographer Clint Austin also snagged all sorts of pics and vids. Right here.