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Mark ‘Porkchop’ Holder + Alex ‘Crankshaft’ Larson



April 5
7:30 PM
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The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival presents
Mark ‘Porkchop’ Holder & MPH, Alex ‘Crankshaft’ Larson, and Snarles Bukowski

Thursday, April 5
at The Hook and Ladder Theater
Doors 7:30pm :: Music 8pm :: 21+
$7 Advance / $10 Day of Show


$5 Early Bird Tickets Available now!
Limited amount. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sociable Cider Werks supports


Mark ‘Porkchop’ Holder & MPH
Mark “Porkchop” Holder originally turned the blues on its head more than a decade ago as a founding member of punk/blues band Black Diamond Heavies. While he’s been tearing up juke joints, festivals and dive bars since then with his own fiery brand of the blues, it wasn’t until earlier this year that the Tennessee musician released his own debut solo album, Let It Slide, an acclaimed effort that No Depression described as, “…fire in a barrel. If the Rolling Stones camped with Howlin’ Wolf and Billy Gibbons on trucker speed for the weekend with a fuzz pedal, this would be its precious procreation.”

A heavy romp through the catacombs of deep Blues with an outsider punk aesthetic, authentic and powerful, at times sinewy and jangly, vulnerable yet unwaivered. – NO DEPRESSION

Alex ‘Crankshaft’ Larson
Born into this world from gas station cassette tape collecting semi-truck drivers, Alex “Crankshaft” Larson was introduced to a wide variety of music as a pup. In 1996 he traded a combination oil/wood stove to his uncle for his first electric guitar and amp. Since then he’s been involved in many projects, including a band he started with his brother in 2001 called The Mojo Spleens. In April 2008, while self-employed as a contractor, he started practicing as a one-man band and was playing shows two months later. Larson self-produced and released two EPs and one album during the next three years. In 2010 Crankshaft decided to hang up his hammer so he could focus on writing and performing music. Since then he’s been earning a living playing, as both a traditional one-man band and as the leader of his trio, Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders.