The Slamming Doors - Duluth, MN

“...These are sounds and traditions many musicians assume are too mapped out, too well traveled for anyone to successfully create something fresh and new. And in the hands of most bands attempting to operate there, these sounds and traditions often do feel worn out. With The Slamming Doors the memorized map hasn’t vanished, or been rejected, it has become Origami.”

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Adam Herman - Quincy, IL

“Herman has a soulful, versatile voice that is impressive starring in the numerous traditional styles of American music in which he writes. The songs of The Slamming Doors crystallize aspects of humanity, conveying a keen sense of the gravity in life, while subtly lined with the celebration that is ultimately called for.”

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Dead End Friends - Duluth, MN

Dead End Friends formed in mid 2011 and has been rocking socks ever since. Members include Duluthians Phil McLoughlin (guitar, vocals), Joey Warttman (guitar vocals), Ben Anderson (rock bass, vocals), and Pete Hannegraf (drums). Their sound is influenced by a blend of the Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, and the Black Keys. Along with an array of original songs, the band plays a variety of covers that keeps heads bobbing and feet stomping for hours.