Firehouse Performing Arts to open Mission Room alongside Hook & Ladder

By JILL BOOGRENAs early as March, a new venue space will open inside the old Firehouse 21 building at Lake St. and Minnehaha Ave. Called The Mission Room, it will be a performance and gallery space to serve local visual, literary, spoken-word, singer-songwriter and multi-media performance artists, as well as host community meetings, fundra... Read More

Live music returns to Minneapolis venue Hook & Ladder, weeks after near destruction

Davina & the Vagabonds jump-started the nonprofit venue's HookStream virtual series.  By  Chris Riemenschneider Star Tribune JUNE 22, 2020 — 10:28AM They live only three blocks from the venue that hosted their first gig in three months on Saturday night. A few weeks earlier, though, bandleaders Davina and Zack Lozier had to ... Read More

Hook and Ladder still standing and ready to begin concert streaming series

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by Keith Harris in City Pages Music The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge was all set to begin broadcasting an ambitious series of high-definition, multi-camera concert livestreams on June 5. If you know where the Hook and Ladder is, you’ll understand why things didn’t go quite as planned. Situated at ... Read More

RRDB Festival 9

Roots Rock Deep Blues. The Hook Produces Another Delightful Summer Festival.

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 ... Read More

Cornbread at RRDB Fest 9

Best little music fest in Minneapolis: Roots, Rock and Deep Blues delivers again

Ninth annual Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest blazed on Saturday with standout sets by the Peterson Brothers, Shackletons, Humbird and Mary Cutrufello. By  Chris Riemenschneider The music between its three stages ran nonstop for nine straight hours, but the vibe was as laid-back and unfussy as ever. The lineup was loaded with niche ... Read More

Roots, Rock & Deep Blues 8

Full Lineup for the 9th Annual Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival

by Smouse The Hook and Ladder Theater will deliver it’s 9th Annual Roots, Rock, & Deep Blues Festival on July 12th and 13th. The two-day weekend event is the most eclectic in the history of the festival and features a diverse roster of artists and genres. The festival also boasts multiple stages, including the brand new Mis... Read More

Mission Room

There’s a New ‘Mission’ at The Hook and Ladder

by Smouse ~ Music In Minnesota ... Recently opened, the Mission Room was birthed on Christmas Day last year. As a dance studio, the space had to undertake some large transformations. An HVAC was flown onto the roof, the furnace was torn out, thousands of dollars of sprayed ceiling treatment went in, and a new stage was built. A converted ... Read More

A house on fire: The Hook and Ladder celebrates its first anniversary

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Jim Walsh in Music July 29 is a busy Saturday night in the land of 10,000 beats. Some 35,000 crowd into Target Field in downtown Minneapolis for faux-country bros Florida Georgia Line, another 2,500 gather at the Palace Theater in downtown St. Paul for Ryan Adams, and a live music docket as wide as the ... Read More


Cornbread Harris Interview

CORNBREAD HARRIS A complete interview and performance by this special local legend! AIRS on MPR 91.1 FRIDAY. July 7 at 11am AIRS on 89.3 The Current SUNDAY. July 9 at 6pm Back in February of this year The Hook & Ladder Theater hosted a (2) night stand with Twin City musical legend James Samuel 'Cornbread' Harris Sr. The ... Read More

All-star cast of friends surprises Grant Hart in a special salute at Hook & Ladder

By Chris Riemenschneider of Star Tribune - JULY 3, 2017 After all the mayhem, glory, trouble, acclaim and just plain craziness that Grant Hart has endured in his nearly four decades in the music business – not to mention the house fire he suffered a few years ago -- you would think nothing could surprise him anymore. The Twin Cities ... Read More