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Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures might be tough to bracket but they sure are easy to enjoy. A little bit blues, a little bit bluegrass, a little bit rock, and a little bit kitchen sink, a style of music that some fans have come to call “blues-grass”. You'll hear some great original songs inspired by the styles of Shane McGowan, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, and Bill Monroe. With a rough and tumble mix of guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, washboard, snare drum, and accordion Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures are exactly what the doctor ordered. 
 
Band…
Bernie King – singing, guitar, songwriting
John Kurtis Dehn – guitar, mandolin, banjo, singing
Julie King – percussion, accordion
Bradley Smith - bass
Skull wings

Virginia and Duluth shows postponed, dang it. 

Unfortunately due to a scheduling error by the folks at the Red Herring in Duluth, both the Virginia and Duluth shows will not be happening on November 6th and 7th respectively. Keep tuned for future dates though as we will be working to get up that way in 2016.

Roots Rock and Deep Blues Festival 

We are so proud and excited to be part of the 2015 Longfellow Roots Rock and Deep Blues Festival. The festival was named Best of Twin CIties 2014 by City Pages and Best of Minnesota 2014 by the Star Tribune for summer music, arts and cultural event.

We'll be providing more details as the schedule develops but many amazing performers and bands are locked in for another great day of music and community. Other confirmed acts include Charlie Parr, Left Lane Cruiser, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-state Coalition, Spider John Koerner, Kent Burnside and the New Generation, and oh heck just head over here rootsrockdeepblues.com and get all the info.

See y'all there!

Possessed... 

Great news music lovers! We'll be performing with Possessed by Paul James on February 28th at Rich's Bar and Grill at Russell's in Annandale, MN at 9pm. If you are not familiar with Possessed by Paul James then you need to be at this show.

Here's the scoop... Konrad Wert, known as Possessed by Paul James, is a one-man band from south Austin, Texas. The music is composed of string instruments including banjo, guitar and fiddle with roots in folk, blues and punk. His album "Feed the Family" won the Independent Music Award for Best Alt-country in 2011 and in 2014 his show at Pick-a-thon was placed on the New York TImes Best Concerts list. Part showman, part preacher. part madman he is undeniably one of the premier performers in the world.

And if you have caught any of our recent shows you know we'll be bringing it harder and heavier than ever!!! Do not miss out on this special night and be prepared to be amazed.

Marathon finishers... 

We just wrapped a marathon weekend and want to thank everyone for their support. Wow you guys!!!
Our schedule went like this...
Saturday 4p-6p at Excelsior Brewing (how fun was that!!!) then off to the Station Pub for a 9p-12a gig.
Sunday started with a 10a-1p brunch at Hell's Kitchen where we broke out the electric guitars for the first time (stay tuned for more...).
Wrapped up Sunday night at a private affair with our wonderful friends from the NE MPLS and Eat Street Social Clubs. Love to David, Sam, Up Rock, and the whole SC crew. 

Alas, we are a tired but contented crew. Love y'all.

More music! 

Our very first release Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures is available again!!! You may have been disappointed if you wanted one when we sold out of the first batch but we just received a new order!!! Hit up either the Music or Store pages to check out tracks and even purchase individual tracks if you prefer. While you're in the neighborhod, check our newest offering Pretty Little Gal and give a listen to KING, the first solo release by Bernie King. Oh the choices!!! 

Guilty News!!! 

We are so proud to have been invited to perform at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA) annual festival in August 2015. This is one of the top bluegrass festivals and features a stunning lineup of the best in the business. In addition to all the amazing talent on hand, this year will feature a reunion of Hot Rize!!! We'll keep you posted on our performance schedule as things develop.

You can also check out MBOTMA events here... http://www.minnesotabluegrass.org/

We'll be playing the Wintergrass Festival so you can shake off some of that winter chill with us!!! 

Music is served.... 

Check out the Music and Store pages. Listen to your heart's content... stop by the contact page and tell 'em Goober says, "Hey!"

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Private Event

Open Casket Arts Show

Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Lotsa great art and crafts by the best artists in the Twin Cities. The music performance area is very intimate and the bands are amazing! This is a truly wonderful event so be sure make plans to be there!!! http://www.casketarts.com/location.html

Hell's Kitchen Brunch

Hells Kitchen, 80 South 9th St., Minneapolis, MN

C'mon down to Hell's Kitchen for fantastic food, the famous bloody Mary bar, and the sinfully delicious musical offerings of Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures.

318 Cafe

318 Cafe, 318 Water Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

In its 9+ years of operation, Tom and Matty have cultivated a strong and loyal audience for food, music, coffee, craft beer and wine because of their commitment to quality, friendly service and exceptional value. With just 50 seats, the 318 Café is the premier, intimate live music “listening room” in Minnesota. The small stage has been graced with performances by Dan Wilson, Keri Noble, Martin Zellar, Chris Koza, Ben Kyle, Romantica, Caroline Smith, Channy Leaneagh of Polica, Adam Levy, Chastity Brown, Billy MacLaughlin, almost all of The Jayhawks, Tina Schlieske (of Tina & the B-Sides), members of Soul Asylum, Dean Magraw, The Pines and so many, more talented local and national musicians.