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Drew Peterson is an independent Americana singer-songwriter who has captivated fans across the Midwest for over 15 years. Since fronting the Minnesota-based group Forty Watt Bulb, Peterson has spawned two other successful Roots projects; the twangy, upbeat Dead Pigeons and bluegrass- influenced Boxstore Bird,paired with the incredibly talented multi-instrumental Mandy Fassett. 

Drew Peterson comes from a long line of musically inept Norwegian Farmers (unless you count Grandpa Pops, the town drunk,who played the harmonica and the concertina for booze/track/1056833/lenore).Peterson was not born with an amazing musical talent. Mom bought him a guitar at a church rummage sale for five dollars and it was then he decided he wanted to become a musician. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he tackled this endeavor the way he had been taught - hard work and lots of practice. And practice is what he’s been doing for 20 years. His passion has always been crafting lyrics and songwriting. 

Peterson has built a unique brand that transcends the genre. With clever, dry humor and thought-provoking lyrics, Peterson’s music is like oil over gravel. Drawing on influences from John Prine, Tom Waits, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, among others, Peterson offers the world upbeat tunes with a soft- spoken gravitas that belies his years. 

With a performance style that can transform from intimate listening room to rowdy festivals and bars, Peterson always gives his heart and soul to the stage. And with each new performance, he works to connect with the audience through storytelling. 

Roots, Rock & Deep Blues 9

The Hook and Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, Minneapolis

  • 9th Annual - Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Weekend Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13 ~ A Firehouse PAC Fundraiser ~

2-Day "Weekend Passes" available this year! "Early Bird" Festival Tickets will be limited, so buy early!

Tickets Go On-Sale Friday, April 26 at 9am

RRDB FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE

Friday, July 12

Kent Burnside & The New Generation, The Peterson Brothers, The Flood Brothers, Jeff Ray & The Stakes, Fret Rattles, Liquor Beats Winter, Indonesian Funk

at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Mission Room Doors 7:30pm :: Music 8pm :: 21+ $15 Advance / $18 Door 2-Day Weekend Pass - $30 (Advance Only)

Tickets On-Sale Friday, April 26 at 9am

ROOTS ROCK & DEEP BLUES 9

Saturday, July 13 FESTIVAL

Kind Country Erik Koskinen Middle Western (feat. William Elliot Whitmore & David Zolo), Peterson Brothers Band Mae Simpson The Shackletons Becky Kapell Cornbread Harris Big George Jackson Gully Boys Humbird Eleganza! Mary Cutrufello Drew Peterson & Friends catl. RLGDDPL

Apollo Cobra

at The Hook and Ladder Theater, Mission Room, & Lots

Gates 2pm | 21+ | Rain or Shine

$15 Early Bird (limited) / $20 Advance / $25 Gate 2- Day Weekend Pass - $30 (Advance Only)

Tickets On-Sale Friday, April 26 at 9am

The 9th Annual #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.

ZERO WASTE 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.

SPONSORS The festival is proud to be working with a wide variety of neighborhood presenting partners including Fulton Brewing, Jameson Whiskey, Absolut, Altos, Nobool Presents, City Pages, KFAI, Vital Printing, Radisson Blu, Longfellow Life, LBA, LCC, Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits, and many more!

DETAILS – CASH ONLY – Come Prepared – Rain or Shine – No dogs – No Backpacks or large bags – No chairs – Kids 12 and under are free

– Bring a re-useable water bottle for use at the water refill station. – Leave your garbage at the home or the gates. It is a zero-waste as possible event. All items inside the festival are compostable or recyclable. – Free Bicycle Valet by The Hub

Arrive to the fest early for the best stage access, great music is featured ALL day long!

Tickets available Online, at The Hook Box Office, The Electric Fetus, & Hymie’s Records in Minneapolis.

Drew Peterson Summer Music at The Merit

The Merit Lakeside Dining & Cocktails, 1812 Merit Rd NW, Walker, MN 56484

Drew Peterson comes from a long line of musically inept Norwegian Farmers (unless you count Grandpa Pops, the town drunk, who played the harmonica and the concertina for booze). Peterson was not born with musical talent. Mom bought him a guitar at a church rummage sale for five dollars and it was then he decided he wanted to become a musician. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he tackled this endeavor the way he had been taught - hard work and lots of practice. And practice is what he’s been doing for 20 years. His passion has always been crafting lyrics and songwriting.

Celebrate summer at The Merit with original Americana! More info at drewpetersonmusic.com

Drew Peterson Summer Music at The Merit

The Merit Lakeside Dining & Cocktails, 1812 Merit Rd NW, Walker, MN 56484

Drew Peterson comes from a long line of musically inept Norwegian Farmers (unless you count Grandpa Pops, the town drunk, who played the harmonica and the concertina for booze). Peterson was not born with musical talent. Mom bought him a guitar at a church rummage sale for five dollars and it was then he decided he wanted to become a musician. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he tackled this endeavor the way he had been taught - hard work and lots of practice. And practice is what he’s been doing for 20 years. His passion has always been crafting lyrics and songwriting.

Celebrate summer at The Merit with original Americana! More info at drewpetersonmusic.com