James “Cornbread” Harris, Sr. is a living legend. At 90 years old, the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer (also known as Jimmy “Jam” Harris, Jr.’s dad) visited The Current’s studios to record an in-studio session with Local Show host Andrea Swensson and MPR News host Tom Weber to kick off their Summer Music Series.


Photo: Cornbread Harris performs in The Current’s studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)

lightnin-malcolm-e1460139123421When Lightnin’ Malcolm’s in the house, you better believe you’ll know it. The born and bred Mississippian cut his teeth in the ride or die juke joint scene of the American south, and grew a reputation for making so much noise, people didn’t believe it was coming from just one guy. With his One Man Band format– playing guitar and drums simultaneously, while singing– he puts lesser bluesmen to the shame. Even his genre can’t be contained, his self titled “World Roots Music” a swirling mix of rock, funk, soul, gospel, reggae and more, tethered by his blistering brand of Hill Country Blues.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016 AT 10:02 A.M.

Patrick’s Cabaret may have just announced it’s going nomadic, but the annual Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival — the annual fundraiser for Patrick’s — will return July 16 to the intersection of Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis. The sixth annual festival will feature a variety of acts, including Spider John Koerner, Kent Burnside, Charlie Parr, Erik Koskinen Band, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, and more. ~

Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival – 2015 Video

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In 2015 the festival featured neighborhood restaurants, including; Gandhi Mahal, Midori’s, Le Town Talk, African Paradise, Merlin’s Rest and many more, representing an astonishing mix of offerings in the festival’s new International Food Court on Minnehaha Avenue.

The 2015 festival showcased new neighborhood businesses like Du Nord as well as long-standing neighborhood anchors like Harriet Brewing Company.

The 2015 festival featured 6 musical stages with top-notch live entertainment throughout the day/evening, including perennial festival favorites like; Kent Burnside & The New Generation, Minneapolis’ own ‘Spider’ John Koerner and Duluth’s Charlie Parr, as well as intermittently returning acts like Indiana’s gut-bucket trio Left Lane Cruiser, local Afro-funksters Black Market Brass and award winning Iowa blues artists Joe & Vicky Price.

New sounds this year included the last living Bentonian-style blues player, Mr Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes, from Bentonia, MS, the Toronto based punk-blues duo Catl, acclaimed composer, producer (and former Squirrel Nut Zipper band leader) Jimbo Mathus and The Tri-State Coalition from Oxford, MS, Minneapolis West-Bank musical legend Willie Murphy & His Angel Headed Hipsters and local folk-grass trio Last Revel.

Cinematography: Preston Rogosheske, Adam Thies, Adja Gildersleve, Cej BeachamFrasier
Sound: Adja Gildersleve & Cej BeachamFrasier
Editing: Preston Rogosheske & Ryan Stopera


For 29 years, Patrick’s Cabaret has been a non-profit artists organization devoted, above all else, to their local community. So it’s only fitting that their annual fundraising festival has taken on a new moniker for its fifth anniversary: The Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival.

The new name embraces the community that has embraced Patrick’s, showcasing local restaurants, beers and cocktails in a unique festival that mixes community pride and an artistic wow factor.

Preview by C. Riemenschneider

A cool blend of its neighborhood’s diverse, artsy flavor and rootsy or punky, hidden-gem musicians from all over, the fifth annual Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival is bringing in a trio of noteworthy acts from Mississippi to perform amid its three stages, including soulful Southern rocker Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers notoriety, blues hero RL Burnside’s reputable grandson Kent Burnside and old-school practitioner Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. That’s in addition to Toronto’s smoking boy/girl blues-punk duo Catl, Indiana’s wild and gritty Left Lane Cruiser and Iowa’s down-homey duo Joe and Vicki Price. But the local talent alone — including Spider John Koerner, Charlie Parr, Willie Murphy, Fury Things, Eleganza!, Black Market Brass, the Fattenin’ Frogs, Poverty Hash — merits spending a day surrounded by the fest’s locally procured food and beer to benefit Patrick’s Cabaret’s community arts programs. (Noon-10 p.m. Sat., 3000 block of Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., $20, RootsRock DeepBlues.com.) Riemenschneider


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