Roots, Rock, Deep Blues VIII - The Hook and Ladder Theater3010 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis,MN
07/14/2018 2:30 PM - 07/14/2018 4:30 PM
Roots, Rock, Deep Blues VIII
8th Annual -
Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Music, Food & Art Festival
Saturday, July 14
at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Moon Palace Books
Gates 2pm | 21+ | Rain or Shine
$15 Early Bird (limited) / $20 Advance / $25 Gate
~ A Firehouse PAC Fundraise ~
Featuring: Black-Eyed Snakes, Davina & Vagabonds, Left Lane Cruiser, Scottie Miller Band, Crankshaft & Gear Grinders, Kent Burnside, The Shackletons, Willie Murphy, The Bad Man, Cornbread, Sarah Morris, Jack Klatt, Poverty Hash, Dave Moore, Buffalo Fuzz, Whiskey R&R Club MPLS, Savage Aural Hotbed, Humbird, Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold, Big George Jackson Blues Band, Mary Bue & The Holy Bones, & The Federales
Tickets On-Sale Friday, April 27 at Noon
Tickets available Online, at The Hook Box Office, The Electric Fetus, & Hymie’s Records in Minneapolis.
It's a weekend full of events, so look for the announcement of our Friday Night Showcase on Tuesday, May 1 at Noon.
The 8th Annual Longfellow #RRDBfest will again include all the unique components of previous years that have set this event apart from the myriad of Twin City outdoor events each summer. Most notably, this award-winning event continues to be artist-driven, volunteer-run and a fundraising mechanism for the non-profit arts organization, The Firehouse Performing Arts Center.
In addition to the live performances, this year's RRDBFest event will continue to showcase a wide variety of local Longfellow artisans showing off an eclectic array of work, from paintings, illustrations and recycled art to jewelry, textiles and much much more.
This annual event will also see a variety of Longfellow neighborhood brick-n-mortar restaurants, including; Indian (Gandhi Mahal), Pizza (Geek Love Cafe), and much more TBA.
This year's festival will again be green as we implement the Zero-Waste initiative, using only 100% compostable and recycled materials. In addition, (at least) one stage will be solar-powered! Bring your reusable water bottles. Water will be supplied by the City of Minneapolis.
FREE BICYCLE VALET
For our two-wheel attendees and we have partnered with The Hub Bike Co-op to offer a free bicycle valet service with a special speed entrance' to the festival grounds.
The festival is proud to be working with a wide variety of neighborhood presenting partners including Moon Palace Books, The Hub, Du Nord, Gandhi Mahal, LBA, LCC, LoLA and many more, as well as our incredible sponsors, including; BREWERY TO BE NAMED, Radisson, KFAI-FM, Jameson, City Pages, PBR, MBS, Hells Kitchen and many more!
TICKETS & PACKAGES
Tickets are general admission for this music and arts marathon are available for just $15 if your an early bird! Tickets are available online, at The Hook Box Office, The Electric Fetus, & Hymies Records in Minneapolis.
After the limited amount of $15 early bird tickets are gone we will have $20 advance tickets for sale. We are limiting the number of total festival tickets this year as the foot print is intimate. Do not wait until the day of festival to purchase your ticket. If tickets happen to be available day of show they will be $25 at the gate.
Davina & The Vagabonds
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers' commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musicial feature on the hit BBC show, Later with Jools Holland.
DATV's shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina's voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don't suffice: Sowers is a true original.
Bringing you 100 years of American music and Davina's originals, which lend themselves to the American Songbook, the band brings edgy nostalgia to older generations and fresh new music to younger ears. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers' keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group's focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sighisoara, Romania; Sierre, Switzerland; Kemi, Finland; the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival ( in 2014 was asked back to play their main stage in 2014, Vache de Blues in France, and North Sea Jazz Festival. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!
"Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a wondrous musical time machine. They have the panache and superlative musicianship to recreate the retro sound and ageless appeal of golden age Americana in high-definition reality on stage for your immense pleasure and enjoyment." -Thunder Bay Blues Festival/Canada
"….one of the most distinctive and expressive vocalists to come around in a while, with tight backing from the Vagabonds" –Phoenix Blues Society
"…easily among the breakout stars at this year's [Monterey Jazz] festival." – Monterey Herald
The Scottie Miller Band
Local music scene stalwart Scottie Miller has been around long enough to acquire a funky nickname (Bones), membership in the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame, experience touring with blues icon Bo Diddley, a signature style that warps far to the south of his home tundra, and an international rep. He’s first and foremost a pianist, with a grease-and-grits-slathered approach that suggests an affinity for New Orleans, Memphis, and swampy spots in between, but he also cranks up organ, guitar, and, lately, mandolin. His muscular vocals boast grit and firewater, and he really howls on the riveting dark-hued title track from SMB’s new album, STAY ABOVE WATER, whose release will be celebrated here. It’s packed with solid Miller originals grounded in blues and rock, but with soul, R&B, country, and jazz elements, suggesting Little Feat, Mofro, Wet Willie, and Dr. John, and with a funky NOLA/Caribbean vibe thrown into “It’s What You Do.” - Rick Mason - City Pages. Minneapolis, MN
Left Lane Cruiser
This whiskey fueled two man frenzy of blues-driven rock’n’roll noise straight from Fort Wayne, Indiana promise to hit you like a shock wave and show you a foot-stompin’ good time. Left Lane Cruiser is comprised of Joe Evans (Freddy J IV) on slide guitar and vocals and Pete Dio on the drums. The raw blues power duo of LLC have practiced through thick and thin to hone a sound unlike any other and have been together long enough to have previously released a couple of self-produced EPs. “Let your soul drive what you do” is the premise of their music, “give it all you got, and everything is an instrument: trash cans, paint trays, hubcaps, ladders, you name it."
Learning their craft by playing at house parties, at the corner streets of their home town, and rehearsing in a heatless garage, they have developed their personal take on the North Mississippi Hill Country sound. They have toured relentlessly, sharing the stage with artists such as Robert Belfour, Buckwheat Zydeco, T-Model Ford, Bob Log III, Kenny Brown, Cedric Burnside, Scott H. Biram,The Black Diamond Heavies, The Dictators, Hillstomp, and Chris Cotton among others. They have also appeared at the Deep Blues Festival multiple years.
Crankshaft & The Geargrinders
Crankshaft has been pounding the pavement since 2008, developing his own "pork neck" style along the way. A sound heavily rooted in blues, country, swing, rock 'n' roll and surf that "could not have been imagined prior to the early punk scene," as described by Dig In Magazine. Rock solid original lyrics, a dedicated fan base, and his 21st century twist on the American roots is pushing him to the top of the crowded Minneapolis music scene in a hurry. It's becoming clear to many that Crankshaft is "one of the best and most interesting roots, rock and blues acts playing around town these days." - Cities 97.
Born into this world from gas station cassette tape collecting semi-truck drivers, Alex "Crankshaft" Larson was introduced to a wide variety of music as a pup. In 1996 he traded a combination oil/wood stove to his uncle for his first electric guitar and amp. Since then he's been involved in many projects, including a band he started with his brother in 2001 called The Mojo Spleens. In April 2008, while self-employed as a contractor, he started practicing as a one-man band and was playing shows two months later. Larson self-produced and released three albums during the next two years. In 2010, backed with the business skills he developed running a construction company and the strong DIY ethics he learned from his connection to the underground punk scene, Crankshaft decided to hang up his hammer for good so he could focus on writing and performing music. Since then he's been earning a living playing, as both a traditional one-man band and as the leader of his trio, Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders.
Kent Burnside & The New Generation
Willie Murphy & Friends
Get ready to dance as The Hook presents a night of live R&B / Soul / Blues with the legendary Willie Murphy and band. Willie has forged a musical resume as a singer, producer, arranger, performer, and songwriter. He was named one of the three charter members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame along with Bob Dylan and Prince.
Willie's collaboration with folk-blues legend "Spider" John Koerner, "Running, Jumping, Standing Still," is acclaimed as an all-time folk/blues classic. Willie produced an album on the Warner label for Bonnie Raitt, and he's performed to audiences across the globe, including headlining major festivals in Europe.
Born in 1927, James Samuel 'Cornbread' Harris Sr has certainly seen a great deal in his life. Orphaned at the age of three, Harris arrived in Minnesota at the age of 12 after bouncing around foster families to eventually live with his grandparents. In addition to his life in music and the church, Harris worked for American Hoist & Derrick for 25 years. As a pianist, a singer and a songwriter, Mr. Harris was recently recognized with a Sally Award in 2014, a Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Legend Award in 2012 and his appearance on Minnesota's very first Rock & Roll record, Augie Garcia's 1955 hit "Hi-Yo Silver", and subsequently sharing the stage with Elvis, speaks for itself. He is also the father of celebrated producer Jimmy "Jam" Harris, best know for his work with Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
Dave Moore is one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa. Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica he has become somewhat of a legend. In 1980 Dave returned to Iowa City and teamed up with local songwriter Greg Brown who was just beginning to develop a national reputation. For the next few years Dave backed up Brown on recording projects, extensive tours and several appearances on Garrison Keillor's popular A Prairie Home Companion on NPR.
In 1984 at a little folk festival, Dave won a contest whose prize was free recording time in a studio. He took the oppurtunity to record Jukejoints and Cantinas, an album that brilliantly pulled together all of the American roots influences that had been stewing in him for years. He passed its 14 sizzling blues and Conjunto tracks on to Bob Feldman of Red House Records, who enthusiastically offered to put it out.
In 1986 Garrison Keillor invited Dave to perform on A Prairie Home Companion and after frequent appearances, he became the show's band leader on tours to Alaska and Hawaii. A year or two earlier he had quietly started writing his own song and in 1990 he released Over My Shoulder, an 11-song collection that has become a cult classic.
In mid 1998, he announced that he was ready to record again. Seeking a co-producer for the project, he looked to Iowa City roots-rocker Bo Ramsey, who had produced several discs for Greg Brown and had just finished touring in Lucinda Williams' band. Dave had long admired Bo's work and instinctively felt he was the best man to guide the recording session.
The result was Breaking Down to 3, an album that is considered his best ever. Recorded with an all-Iowa band, the songs are as breathtaking as they are stunning with vivid imagery drawn from the depth of his life experiences painting a picture of the quintessential American journey.
Throughout the past several years, Sarah Morris has earned a reputation for engaging performances, with a voice both clear and lush. Sarah hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where from a young age, she immersed herself in her parent’s eclectic record collection before falling in love with the storytelling and songcraft in country music. A few years in spent in Nashville, TN instilled a traditional songwriting sensibility that is on full display with her latest release, Hearts In Need Of Repair. Exploring vulnerability, heartbreak, and grown-up, imperfect love, Hearts in Need of Repair features Morris's captivating vocals, sharply crafted lyrics and her talented band, the Sometimes Guys (Thomas Nordlund, Andrew Foreman, and Zachary Schmidt). Sarah's 2015 release, Ordinary Things, garnered international airplay, critical acclaim, and propelled her into the national spotlight, where Sarah was a top finalist in two national songwriting competitions. Recorded at RiverRock Studios in NE MPLS with co-producer Eric Blomquist, Hearts In Need Of Repair creates a signature sound steeped in Americana and folk-rock - with a few sprinkles of pop.
The Bad Man
Unprepared, loud, and rowdy, The Bad Man came together in 2016 to dust off the Minneapolis sound. Written in three months, their debut album Ain't Clean pays homage to the classic punk songbook while laying a foundation for the back-alley bounce the band is becoming known for. The Bad Man is currently working on their sophomore release. In the meantime: bum a ride, see them live, they're worth the cover charge.
Jack Klatt is a songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis. His unique sound rides the fine line between blues and country music and has proven to be a true purveyor of American music traditions. He’s won recognition for the MN State Arts Board, recorded alongside “Spider” John Koerner, and made it onto Daytrotter’s list of best songs in 2014. His 2016 release Shadows in the Sunset has been praised as a eminently satisfying, slow rolling, country/blues album that can best be described as authentic. Recorded in the little town of Viroqua, WI., the album was produced and engineered by Tom Herbers (Low, Trampled By Turtles, The Jayhawks).
Humbird is Siri Undlin, a songwriter and storyteller currently based in MPLS. Currently at work recording a debut EP, Undlin has been writing and performing since the age of 11. She is a 2013-2014 Watson Fellow, a finalist for the 2015 MN Emerging Writer Award and was a 2016 composer-in-residence for the town of Paonia, CO, a position made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Mountain Harvest Creative.
Big George Jackson Blues Band
Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold
Acoustic duo described as "Delta meets Dead with a little Zen thrown in"
Indie pop/rock artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Savage Aural Hotbed
The Federales: Classic country for the modern world.
We’re not from the Black Hills, the Texas Panhandle, or Appalachia. We’re from the Twin Cities. Damn proud of it, too, but we play country music, because it’s one of America’s native languages. We use it to tell our stories of love, good times, Grain Belt, and friends. Some are fact. Some are fiction with the truth hiding in there somewhere. All of them are heartfelt. We’re pickers, fiddlers, groovers, and harmonizers. We’re ready to make you sing along, get up and dance, or just sit and tap your toes. We’re The Federales.
“Don’t let my disdain for what I call ‘beard-rock’ fool you — man, I fucking love country, and I love when it’s done right. And I’m gonna say: The Federales, from what I can tell, tick every god-damn box possible.”
— l’etoile Magazine
“Heartbroken lyrics sound like they’d fit right in at a summertime backyard party.”
— The Current
Whiskey Rock 'n' Roll Club MPLS
Whiskey Rock ‘n’ Roll Club is another righteous entry in the proud tradition of bands with the word whiskey superfluously in their names! A a fuzzy three-piece rock outfit featuring Mark Devaraj (High on Stress, Trompe le Monde, Red Flags) on drums, Andy Holmaas (Ryan Traster Band, Moon Master) on bass, and fronted by Taylor Carik on guitar and vox