Original music deserves an audience and all audiences, whether in a city like Milwaukee or in the small communities of Washington County, deserve to hear great songs.
Since 2015, Homegrown Music Festival has brought original, Wisconsin bands and singer-songwriters to West Bend. The annual festival is held at the Silver Lining Stage in Regner Park, West Bend. Past performers include J.E. Sunde, Chicken Wire Empire, I’m Not a Pilot, Buffalo Gospel, Them Coulee Boys, Nickel and Rose, and the Freques.
In addition to the bands, Homegrown has become known for corn roasts, food carts, and small batch beer from Cedarburg’s Fermentorium Brewery. The fest is powered by volunteers and donations from local businesses.
The festival is a branch of the Hometown Foundation, a 501c3 that supports arts and cultural institutions in the Kettle Moraine area. The foundation has sponsored music at the West Bend Farmer’s Market and the Washington County Fair. We’ve also brought music to small bars and coffee shops such as the Norbert, Jug’s Hitching Post, and Dunn Brother’s Coffee.