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Drew Peterson is an independent Americana singer-songwriter who has captivated fans across the Midwest for over 15 years. Since fronting the Minnesota-based group Forty Watt Bulb, Peterson has spawned two other successful Roots projects; the twangy, upbeat Dead Pigeons and bluegrass- influenced Boxstore Bird,paired with the incredibly talented multi-instrumental Mandy Fassett. 

Drew Peterson comes from a long line of musically inept Norwegian Farmers (unless you count Grandpa Pops, the town drunk,who played the harmonica and the concertina for booze/track/1056833/lenore).Peterson was not born with an amazing musical talent. Mom bought him a guitar at a church rummage sale for five dollars and it was then he decided he wanted to become a musician. Growing up on a farm in rural Minnesota, he tackled this endeavor the way he had been taught - hard work and lots of practice. And practice is what he’s been doing for 20 years. His passion has always been crafting lyrics and songwriting. 

Peterson has built a unique brand that transcends the genre. With clever, dry humor and thought-provoking lyrics, Peterson’s music is like oil over gravel. Drawing on influences from John Prine, Tom Waits, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, among others, Peterson offers the world upbeat tunes with a soft- spoken gravitas that belies his years. 

With a performance style that can transform from intimate listening room to rowdy festivals and bars, Peterson always gives his heart and soul to the stage. And with each new performance, he works to connect with the audience through storytelling. 

Previous events

Smoke Signals 2019!

Insight Brewing Company, 2821 East Hennepin Avenue , Minneapolis, MN 55413

Drew Peterson, Mandy Fassett, and Daryn Christenson are pumped to be returning to Insight Brewing for Smoke Signals 2019! This is an amazing event that you won't want to miss. More details from Insight here:

"Winter is almost over. Stop. Looking. Outside. Keep your eyes on this information, because on 3/23 we’re celebrating Spring with our annual Smoke Signals BBQ party. Beer, BBQ, bluegrass… spring starts when we say so. Here’s what’s on tap:

BBQ Three BBQ greats. Two new challengers. One trophy. We’re no mathematicians, but that sounds like it equals some good grub. - Minnesota BBQ Co. (returning champion) - Clarin Family BBQ (challenger) - Pig Approved BBQ (challenger)

BEER We always make beer for you. But we made these beers just for you.

1:00 Mango Dankbot 2:00 Triple Shot Banshee Cutter 3:00 Dandelion & Elderflower Brut IPA 4:00 Strawberry Kiwi Lager 5:00 Smoked Chili Scotch Gravity Well

BLUEGRASS Grab your banjoes. Scrub your washboards. Practice your yodeling. And then stop and leave it to these professionals:

2:45 Roe Family Singers 4:15 Wailing Loons 5:45 Dead Pigeons (Drew, Mandy, and Daryn) 7:15 Parachute Pandas 8:45 The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins

UP COFFEE ROASTERS Naturally, our partners at UP Coffee Roasters will be serving up java all day. So you can get your buzz on in multiple ways.

GLAM DOLL DONUTS Our friends at Glam Doll Donuts will be here slinging delicious donuts. Goes well with coffee or beer. We'd suggest trying both.

ADMISSION/ENTRANCE The best things in life are free. Except for this party, which will cost $2 to get a 21+ wristband. If it makes you feel better, a portion of the proceeds is being dedicated to Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP).

Kids enter free. But we still might ask them for I.D. just to see the look on their faces.

Please note, we will not be able to honor promos, samples or serve flights at the event."

Drew Peterson returns to The Nordic with Mandy Fassett!

The Nordic Brewing Co, 530 Cedar St, Monticello, MN 55362

Join Drew for another fun night of music! He will be accompanied by Mandy Fassett, who will blow you away with her fiddle, mandolin, and cello skills. They will be sharing some new stuff, a few fun covers, and the old favorites!

Drew Peterson at The Starkeller

The Starkeller, 2215 N Garden St, New Ulm, MN 56073

Drew Peterson is thrilled for his first show at The Starkeller! Join him for a night of original American tunes and incredible songwriting!

"The Starkeller by August Schell Brewing Company is the latest venture for Brewmaster Jace Marti and features favorites from the Noble Star series of 'sour' Berliner Weiss style beers."

Jan26

Private Show

Drew Peterson and Mandy Fassett

Brigid's Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Drew Peterson, one of Minnesota's premier songwriters, is coming to Brigid's with the amazing multi-instrumentalist, Mandy Fassett! Join them for a night of original Americana and Roots music. Local opener starts at 8, Drew and Mandy play 9-11.