Americana Pert Near Sandstone

Sponsored by 89.3 The Current

Pert Near Sandstone

Castle Community Rochester


My Town My Music presents Pert Near Sandstone with the Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins and Comfort Kings on the Castle Stage.

Doors: 7:00 PM
Comfort Kings: 8:00 PM
Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins: 8:45 PM
Pert Near Sandstone: 10:00 PM
All Ages – General Admission – Limited Seating Available

Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of show


It was roughly a decade ago that Pert Near Sandstone first gathered around a microphone in a Minneapolis basement to record their debut album, Up And Down The River. They cemented their status as linchpins of the Midwestern scene with a series of albums, In late 2016, they released The Discovery Of Honey which featured and was co-produced by original founding member Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles. A variety of festival appearances such as the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, as well as sharing bills on the road with the likes of Trampled By Turtles, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush and more. Their crowing achievement was founding the Blue Ox Music Festival which has featured performances by Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Margo Price and more. The magical energy of Blue Ox has been captured on their most recent release, Live at Blue Ox 2018, which features 20 tracks from their performances across the 3-day event.

“A frenzied string shredding spree that takes audiences under its spell.” – 89.3 The Current


Straight from the great Mill City comes the Pistol Whippin Party Penguins. Don’t let the name fool you! This is not a violent group of flightless aquatic birds looking for a party, but rather 5 self proclaimed gentlemen, 2 guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, an upright bass, a banjo, and a 4 part vocal harmony that will make Donald Trump tweet about it. As they prepare to record their 4th album, this quintet from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of the “string band” while continuing to play new original music and creative cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy!

Comfort Kings

Established by friends working together at a Northeast Iowa newspaper, the Comfort Kings’ first lofty ambition was to play at an open mic — maybe even play complete songs. When multi-instrumentalist Cody Grimes, joined and Amie began writing her own songs, something incredible happened — they began getting invitations to play other places. Sometimes for money, food or beer!

Since then, their music has taken them to multiple states, across the continental divide and to a few uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. On hiatus since 2014, Cody and John moved to Minnesota while Amie remained in Iowa. However the lure of music and the North Star state have brought the Comfort Kings back for a couple shows and who knows what else…