Old Man Winter Brew Festival 2009


Seasonal Beers: New Belgium 2 Below Winter Ale, Blue Moon Full Moon, Hoegaarden Belgian White, Leinenkugal Fireside Nut Brown and many others including PBR, Leinie, Sapporo, and New Castle.

The Wailers

Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.


Trampled By Turtles

“Trampled by Turtles have been able to capture that same live energy in their recorded material. Each release has become a clearer interpretation of the band’s unique sound, and this year’s Trouble features some of their best work yet.” – Pulse of the Twin Cities, February 7th, 2007.


White Iron Band

The White Iron Band has been traveling the north for a good while and has the opportunity to share shows with such acts as Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Particle, The Big Wu, Arrested Development, Willie Waldman, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Buckethead, Les Claypool, the Black Crows, Shooter Jennings, and Widespread Panic. They have also opened for Country legends like Sherwin Linton, Stonewall Jackson, Tommy Cash, and Marvin Rainwater. The White Iron Band has been bringing good music to good people all over the North and has become a staple in the Minnesota music scene “‘Take it off the Top’ , arguably the best studio album ever issued by a Minnesota jam band” “one of the Top Ten Minnesota album’s of ‘05″ - Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, Minneapolis,MN


Pert Near Sandstone

Pert’ Near Sandstone is a hard-driving stringband from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Gathered round an old-timey microphone, the boys play well-crafted original stringband material, as well as being purveyors of many songs from the old-time and bluegrass traditions. They are a riot to see live–this ain’t no shirt and tie bluegrass music–this is high-octane, gritty, stringband music that’s sure to get you outta your seat and keep you dancing all night… With the release of their newest album, “Needle and Thread” the boys are continuing to take their music out on the rivers and roads of the country as a part of the revitalization of the American stringband tradition.


Johnson Family Band

The Johnson Family Band is a collection of musicians from the Fargo Moorhead area that came together from a variety of musical backgrounds to celebrate a common love of folk music. We met in bars and classes we took together in college, and have spent the past year and a half playing small town bars, barn dances, parties, and festivals. The music is rooted in a traditional mountain feeling, but draws influence from jazz and rock-and-roll as well. We have had the honor of sharing the stage with such artist as the Hackensaw Boys, Charlie Parr, Trampled by Turtles, The White Iron Band, Pert’ Near Sandstone, and Head For the Hills. We have been fortunate enough to play extensively in the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as South Dakota Wisconsin, and Colorado. This Summer, we had the opportunity to perform in the Mishiwaka Ampatheatre, the Aggie Theater, and the streets and bars of Telluride Colorado. We have been fortunate enough to perform at such festivals as the New Earth Festival, Log Jam, Bella Soul, Flow Jam, Soul Patch, Project Earth, and the 10,000 lakes festival. Our first studio album “Old Ruby” was released May 21st, 2007, recorded locally at Video Arts studio. The line up consists of Tom Johnson on dobro, Eddie Velo on Banjo, Mark Reitan on mandolin, Pete Hoffman on guitar, Ross Cameron on Upright Bass, and ms Haley Rydell on Fiddle.


Charlie Parr

On top of his workman-like gig schedule (that often includes a show in the day in Duluth followed by a bar-closing performance in the Twin Cities at night), Charlie Parr has played his share of high-profile and far flung stages. He appeared on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” handpicked from the vibrant Duluth music scene when the show visited in 2004. In 2001, Parr performed with folk music icon Greg Brown at a fundraiser to restore a family farm barn roof, resulting in the live album Down in the Valley. Brown has become a fan and supporter (comparing Parr to Dave Van Ronk), and has invited him on stage at the Big Top Chautauqua and dropped in to play at a Parr performance at a Duluth tavern. Charlie has made four trips to the British Isles, performing in England and Ireland to enthusiastic crowds. From photocopied fanzines to The Sunday Times in London, Parr has been embraced as an Americana ambassador.


Hobo Nephews

Hobos are homeless wanders—too curious to become barnacles on anything that limits or controls their travels. They’re also, in our collective imagination, sort of old-fashioned, dusty, and romantic. Maybe even a bit joyously melancholy. Those are decent descriptions of Ian and Teague Alexy, brothers who have traveled the U.S.A. in both geography and song. Teague grew up in hip-hop groups before briefly being part of San Diego’s singer/songwriter scene. Ian learned guitar through metal then The Grateful Dead before studying and playing jazz. They grew up in Philadelphia and South Jersey, lived separately in Boston, Vermont, and California, and reunited in Duluth, Minnesota. Their bodies are settled, but their souls–and their guitars, harmonicas, and uniquely resonant voices–roam free as they draw inspiration from experience.


The Legionnaires

Their showmanship and musicianship has not been overlooked by their peers, either. In just one short year of playing venues around North Dakota and Minnesota, they’d already shared the stage with some of the most established and up-and-coming artists in the upper Midwest, including Wookiefoot, Trampled by Turtles, Stealin’ Strings, Down Lo, 40 Watt Bulb, Quadrophonic, The White Iron Band, Javier Trejo, WBPN, The Big Wu, The Radiators, Shooter Jennings, Banyan and more!


Pat Lipsiea and the Pat Lipsiea Explosion

Artist bio coming soon. Check back.


The Parlour Suite

The three piece is comprised of: Joel Roberts-(singer and song writer extraordinaire, picks a mean guitar), Inga Roberts- songwriter, with her organic vocals and mix of classical/ragtime piano…. and of course the infamous Leah Nelson- holds the group together with the forthright tambourine beats and her melodious vocal range! Peter Anderson, complimented the album with drums on a handfull of the featured songs.


Public Property

It’s been an uphill battle for Public Property, the reggae band from Iowa fronted by David Bess. Besides the typical struggle endured by countless independent artists year after year, the band underwent drastic lineup changes after releasing its first two albums. And make no mistake; playing roots music in the Midwest was an exercise in frustration when critics were too close-minded to accept a different look, all white, paired with a familiar sound.


The Floorbirds

The Floorbirds are an acoustic duo from Minnesota who perform haunting yet beautiful arrangements of traditional American folk songs. Daniel and Alyssa bring to the old songs a new spirit and fervor that is both innovative and contemporary yet comfortably rooted in tradition. Their own song writing fits in seamlessly with their extensive repertoire of murder ballads, blues and hymns. The Floorbirds have an honest sound that has earned them loyal fans worldwide. They play regularly throughout the Midwest and have opened for groups such as Koerner and Glover, Charlie Parr and Gary Louris of the Jayhawks. They have played National festivals such as SXSW and The Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival with Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Strugglers. The Floorbirds have also played the Tanned Tin Festival in Spain with exciting groups like Damien Jurado, Laura Gibson and the Sea and Cake. The Floorbirds are part of a vital new folk movement that is underway in Dinkytown and the West Bank of Minneapolis.


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