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We are The Fattenin' Frogs and we play Rock & Roll music in its original spirit by turning up the intensity on traditional American music. With a style developed by electrifying a mix of early blues, country, folk, gospel, and jazz, we aim to help bring rock music back to its roots. Expect to hear a mix of original songs, interpretations folk classics, and covers of songs by artists such as Leadbelly, Etta James, and Blind Willie Johnson. We also regularly pay our respects to our heroes who came before us by hosting tribute shows. We host a yearly Howlin' Wolf tribute on June 10th and have also done tribute shows to Hank Williams and Robert Johnson. We believe in the importance of using musical versatility and creative singing to bring out the full potential of every song. We also believe that the show is more than just the music. Come on out ready to sing, clap, and dance along with us and celebrate the great tradition of American music.
The Fattenin' Frogs were formed by Berek Awend, Chris Holm, and Mark Larson in early 2009. After playing in rock bands in the Twin Cities for years Chris and Mark were driven by a determination to dive into the roots of 1960's rock & roll, a style they loved above all other music. Berek was back to the Twin Cities music scence after spending 8 years in chicago, playing rock and roll and blues. Chris answered Berek’s call on craigslist together they began playing old blues songs together with Mark on drums, Berek on guitar & piano, and Chris on harmonica and vocals. Eventually they incorporated other styles and instruments into the mix. Casie Siekman joined on vocals and fiddle. Paul DeLong joined on bass. Berek’s wife Amanda and Chris’ girlfriend Danielle began singing backing vocals and The Lily Pads were born. An album was recorded, tribute shows to Howlin' Wolf, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, and a sold out O Brother Where Art Thou show was performed at The Ritz Theater. With the new addition of Amanda White’s soulful voice to our lineup, The Fattenin’ Frogs headed back into the studio to produce their second album. 12 Bars was released on December 14th, 2013 and will no doubt get you rockin' and rollin'.