The 2014 ‘Best of Twin Cities’ City Pages and 2014 ‘Best of Minnesota’ StarTribune summer music, arts and cultural event returned bigger and better in 2015. The Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival, presented by Patrick’s Cabaret expanded to the streets in the most ambitious and accessible neighborhood celebration of the arts and culture of the Twin Cities. The celebration is also the annual fundraiser for the non-profit community theater Patrick’s Cabaret in South Minneapolis.
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