The Hook and Ladder Theater will deliver it’s 9th Annual Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival on July 12th and 13th. The two-day weekend event is the most eclectic in the history of the festival and features a diverse roster of artists and genres. The festival also boasts multiple stages, including the brand new Mission Room stage, featured in Music in Minnesota.
FRIDAY JULY 12TH
Friday’s showcase features headliner Kent Burnside. Born into the blues, Kent is the grandson of the late/great Mississippi bluesman RL Burnside. “Born in Memphis and raised in Mississippi, Kent learned from the masters. Carrying on in the Burnside family tradition, Kent is known for playing high energy, exciting blues shows around the world.”
The Peterson Brothers are the house band at Austin’s famed music hall, The Continental Club. Coming to the Twin Cities hot off the heels of their major spring tour, opening for Gary Clark Jr, The Peterson Brothers “combine youthful energy and modern influences with soul, funk, blues & jazz to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature jam-band style improvisation.”
SATURDAY JULY 13TH
Saturday’s festivities kick off as always, with a performance from the 92 year old legend, Cornbread Harris. Local favorite Erik Koskinen brings his top-shelf blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues to the festival.
A couple of City Pages winners also perform. Mae Simpson, winner of the “Best New Band“, provides a power voice with “remnants of Janis Joplin and Ella Fitzgerald, tied together with a rasp of Joan Jett.”
Scrappy rockers Gully Boys, named “Picked to Click New Band” by City Pages in 2018 also join the lineup. “Gully Boys’ melodic tunes and raw lyrics make it hard to believe that in 2016, none of them knew how to play their instruments. Drawing inspiration from a multitude of musical back grounds, Gully Boys transcends genre.”
Popular and energetic Minnesota jamgrass band, Kind Country, headline night two with their unique genre defying bluegrass music.
In addition to the live musical performances, this year’s event will continue to showcase a wide variety of local Longfellow artisans – each showing off an eclectic array of work, from paintings, illustrations and recycled art to jewelry, textiles and much more.
Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Music & Art Festival will also see a variety of local Longfellow neighborhood brick-n-mortar restaurants, including: Indian (Ghandi Mahal), Pizza (Geek Love Cafe), and much more TBA.
This year’s festival will again be green as they implement the Zero-Waste initiative, using only 100% compostable and recycled materials. At least one of the stages will also be solar powered. Finally, bring your own reusable water bottles. Water will be supplied by the City of Minneapolis.
Traveling to the event has never been easier. There will be free bicycle valet through a partnership with The Hub Bike Co-Op along with a special speed entrance to the festival grounds.
TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 26th at 9:00am.
Friday Night: General Admission – $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show Saturday Festival: $15 Early Bird / $20 Advance / $25 Day of Festival Friday & Saturday Combo: $30 Advance Only (limited)
Tickets are available online at the RRDB Festival website and at The Hook Box Office, The Electric Fetus, and Hymies Records. Tickets available online until 5pm on Friday 7/12 and at the Main Gate starting at 2pm on 7/13 (Note: Day of Festival tickets are cash only).