Welcome

Welcome to the online home of the Double Down Daredevils!   We are a Minnesota based Bluegrass Band playing Bluegrass and Americana music with a special emphasis on 2, 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies.  We're a kind of "Bluegrass Boys meets The Oak Ridge Boys"  group.    As you explore our website, you will find video and audio clips, photo's, set-lists and performance calendar and more!     Give a listen to some of our music on the music page and then come out and see us perform!  

The Double Down Daredevils are a member band of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old time Music Association and The Southeast MN Bluegrass Association

We Hooted ! 

It was another fun music filled weekend in Hastings!    The Daredevils played Friday night At Spiral Brewery.    It's a great venue with good beer, super friendly staff and the audience was awesome too!    Owner Nick Fox tells me they are working on a rooftop patio and I'm really excited to see that!.   

Then on Saturday it was the 10th Annual Hastings Hootenany  8 venues with a new band every half hour.   Tons of musicians, all styles - it's crazy fun and the whole thing is a fundraiser for the Hastings Middle School Music Program.    It was a Hoot !

Milestones 

As a band, over the 3 years we have existed as such, we have checked a number of boxes.  Our first gig.  Our first PAID gig, Our first Festival gig....  It's been so much fun.   Last August we checked off another Milestone.   We were invited to play the main stage at the Minnesota Bluegrass Festival.  One of the larger festivals of it's kind.  (Ricky Skaggs is playing there this year, just sayin)   We had a blast even in the heat and humidity of August in Minnesota, and the whole show was captured on video by {Pioneer Public Television.     This week feels like another milestone for us as our performance last August will be featured on Pioneers show  "Grassland Jam"  Saturday at 7 pm on Pioneer Public TV  and it will be available on Youtube next week.   It's all really exciting !    Here's a clip:

Winter Bluegrass Weekend in the books 

The Daredevils were in fine form Friday night at  The Minnesota Bluegrass "Winter Bluegrass Weekend"     We performed  on Friday night at 11 pm.  Now at first, we thought Wow, we got pushed all the way to the end of the night....  wonder if anyone will come?    So we were blown away by the number of our friends and fans who did come to see us at that late hour.    We decided to make it a party and party we did !     This festival had about 40 bands I think? on 3 stages going all weekend long.  In addition there were tons of great workshops.  i particularly enjoyed Jeff Woods, Bluegrass Guitar workshop and a songwriting workshop with Mark Krietzer.   And then of course,, jamming till the wee hours.   The joke is you have a hotel room but it's mostly for naps and a quick shower.   If you've never been, check them out   www.minnesotabluegrass.org    The August festival will feature Ricky Skaggs!     See you 'round the campfire!    Till then... lot's of local gigs coming up.   Flat Earth Brewing Next Saturday March 9th.   Maries in Red Wing.   March 23rd

 

 

 

Last Show for 2018 Flat Earth Brewery 

So last night at Flat Earth Brewery was our last show for 2018, and what a show it was!    So much fun.     So many of our friends showed up to support us, it was truly humbling.    Combined with a brewery tour that came through and we had the biggest crowd we've ever had at Flat Earth.  It was awesome!   I'd been dealing with a cold for the past three weeks so I didn't sing quite as much as normal but the rest of the band picked up the slack and we had a guest appearance from Adelle Hyrkas too!    For all of that though... we got upstaged big time.  Check out the video

Boy do we love playing at Hobgoblin Music ! 

Well the 3rd Annual  show at Hobgoblin Music Loft is now behind us. Located in a converted barn, there is just something about that place that always makes for a great show.   We had a bigger audience than we were expecting, given the weather.   Gary and Eve Stone, the owners, were as welcoming and helpful as ever and the acoustics are, well just amazing.  It's just a great place to play and hear live music!    If you have never been, I hope you will take the opportunity one day soon.     

We have a 30 minute set at a benefit for our friend Gary Cobus next weekend and then  Flat Earth Brewing in St Paul on December 8th and that's it for this year.   Wow, that went by fast.   Come to think of it, 3 years has gone by so quickly.    The Daredevils have covered a lot of ground.  We have played many of the venues we thought were "someday maybe" kind of goals and we keep rolling along.  We are already into the planning process for 2019 and it's going to be exciting!   Stay Tuned

3rd Annual Hobgoblin Music Loft Show Nov. 10th! 

Wow, it's coming up fast!    Our 3rd Annual fall show at Hobgoblin Music Loft!.    This place feels like coming home to us.   We had some of our initial practices here and so many good times.   It's always a thrill to play in this restored barn with the most amazing acoustics.    Our last concert style show of the year we always work hard to make this one a little extra special, so expect a new song or two and the best of our best from the past year!     It's going to be a great time.   Tickets are $15 at the door!     

October Shows! 

Wow, October is a busy month again for the Daredevils!  We kick it off This Saturday, October 6th at Flat Earth Brewery in St Paul.   One of our favorite places to play this taproom and brew house is located in the old Hams Brewing building on Minnehaha Ave in St Paul's East Side.   It's a fun atmosphere with friendly people, Good Beer AND, its DOG Friendly!    So bring your 4 legged friend and come on down.   If there weathers nice we'll be on the patio which is really awesome!

Then October 13th we'll be at Maries Underground Tap and Grill in Red Wing.   I love playing in that space, always have.  This time, I have the whole band with me!   Singing for the hometown crowd  is one of my favorite things!    Come enjoy some great food, fun people and good music!

October 20th The Daredevils go back to one of our regular haunts, Kinney Creek Brewery in Rochester!   Small, friendly taproom with some great beers by the pioneer in Rochester Craft Brewing, Donovan Seitz.    We hope to see lots of our freinds in SE MN at this one!

October 26 and 27th is the Minnesota Bluegrass Fall Jam at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth MN.   No formal stage show for the Daredevils but we will be around there jamming, leading or attending workshops and theme jams.   Tom Peschges, of the Daredevils is the chairman of the event committee.    Come and jam with us!

We look forward to seeing you at one of these events!   

Killin' it in Cameron! 

   The Daredevils had a great weekend in Cameron Wisconsin at the Pioneer Park Bluegrass Festival.   The weather was perfect.  The venue was gorgeous and the people.... well, the people were just awesome!    We played 2 sets.  Saturday evening opening for the headliner, The Tommy Brown Band  (man those guys can pick!)      We opened the day on Sunday morning with another fun set.   The bands were so good, some of us hung around the rest of the day just to hear them again!   Here's some video from one of our shows.

 

SEMBA 2018 in the Rear View Mirror 

SEMBA 2018 is behind us now.    Held every year in Houston MN, this is a fun little festival full of nice friendly folks who love their traditional Bluegrass !  This was our 2nd time at SEMBA!    It's a smaller festival as festivals go maybe 300 attendees?  (Just my guess)    It really kinda feels almost like a family reunion.  People who mostly know each other and have for many years.    I don't think any of us brought any food with.   We just ate at the barn with everyone else.  The food was home made, very reasonably priced and it was all a fundraiser for relay for life... a cancer research organization.

The Daredevils played 4 sets in 2 days, including a Gospel set on Sunday morning.   Everything went pretty well and every show was just a lot of fun!     The other highlight was the late night jam on Saturday with all of the Daredevils and David Robinson and Rick Lee.   

Now we have a couple weeks off and then The Pioneer Park Bluegrass Festival in Cameron WI, September 7 - 8, and a full calendar in October, we will be somewhere every weekend!

Wow Summer is going fast! 

Seems like just last week I wrote a blog entitled, "Summer is finally here! "   Now it seems like Summer is almost gone!     The Daredevils were on the main stage at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association Festival last weekend for two shows.   This was yet another milestone for us in what seemed at times, to be an improbable journey.   We started this band less than 3 years ago, with the goal of "someday" playing at the Minnesota Homegrown Kick-off Festival  (A much smaller MBOTMA festival)    At the time, the Main Stage at the August Festival seemed unlikely for a group of guys in thier 50's and 60's and yet, here we are - Killin' it!   It was exciting, it was fun, it was gratifying in a dozen different ways.   

Having achieved much of what we originally set out to do, I have spent a little time lately thinking about  "Whats next?"     Momentum seems to be building for a CD project.  That is probably going to be the next big thing but it's still just in the "thinking about it" stage right now.    

For the moment we are finishing up our Festival Season with 4 sets at the Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association (SEMBA) festival is Houston MN this weekend.   We will be under the lights on the outdoor stage Saturday night - that's going to be cool!   Then the Pioneer park Bluegrass Festival in Cameron WI September 8-9.    Then we take a little breather, get reacquainted with our spouses and get some fall vacations out of the way.    Back in October with a series of local gigs.    Fun Times

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Date Event Location
Private Party  
The Double Down Daredevils Riverside Park, Hastings, MN Riverside Park, Hastings, MN
 —  — The Double Down Daredevils St Paul Brewing Company, St Paul, MN St Paul Brewing Company, St Paul, MN
The Double Down Daredevils Private Event Private Event
 —  — Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival El Rancho Manana Campground, Richmond MN El Rancho Manana Campground, Richmond MN
The Double Down Daredevils Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing, MN 55066 Central Park Band Shell, Red Wing, MN 55066
Music in the Orchard LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN 55033 LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN 55033
 —  — Cameron Bluegrass Festival Pioneer Village Museum, Cameron WI 54822 Pioneer Village Museum, Cameron WI 54822
Private Event  
 —  — The Double Down Daredevils St Paul Brewing Company, St Paul, MN St Paul Brewing Company, St Paul, MN
The Double Down Daredevils Hobgoblin Music Loft, Red Wing, MN 55066 Hobgoblin Music Loft, Red Wing, MN 55066