Summer is the season of music festivals around the Twin Cities. There are big ones and there are small DIY type deals. Obviously, when attending one of the big ones, you have a chance to catch one of your favorite national acts. The downside is the sheer hassle. Go too small and who knows what you’re going to get? You avoid some hassle and expense but you often end up with acts that aren’t quite ready for prime time. Our friends at The Hook and Ladder Theater get it just right. Year after year, Roots, Rock and Deep Blues is my favorite festival of the summer.
The formula is damn near perfect. It takes place in and outside of The Hook’s compound in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. Right off the bat, that’s going to cap the size of the crowd at reasonable. Park within a couple blocks and walk in. Or ride a bike and they’ll valet park it for you.