Events

I hope some of these upcoming dates work into your schedule!

Shoot me an email if you have a venue, festival, event, or porch where you think my unique spin on deep covers and original music would be a good fit. Stay tuned!

Laurel Street Market, Brainerd | July 30, 2019 | 3–6p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Bruce will set a festive tone as you shop for fresh produce and hand-crafted goods from area growers and makers!

Cuyuna Range Farmers Market | Aug 3, 2019 | 9a–noon

Crosby, Minnesota

Bruce will set a festive tone as you shop the bounty of the region’s famers and makers!

Lost Lake Lodge Tavern | Aug 3, 2019 | 7–9p

Lake Shore, Minnesota

Bruce returns to Lost Lake Lodge’s new Tavern Bar with his energetic mix of bluegrass, blues, and Americana originals and deep covers. His fingerpicking and bottleneck slide skills are an unparalleled treat to watch and listen to!

Ruttger’s Blues & BBQ Bash | Aug 10, 2019 | Event 5–9p | Bruce Plays 5–7p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Bruce Archer plays a rollicking combination of blues and bluegrass with a bit of folk/roots that doesn’t fit tidily into a single genre. His finger-picking and slide guitar display a level of talent and mastery that can only come from 40-plus years of sifting through musical styles and keeping the bits that resonate with him. Whether he’s performing an original song or a deep cover, he coaxes from his guitar an instrumental voice that is authentically his own.

The Bash goes from 5p to 9p, with two stages and three bands. Bruce will be playing from 5p to 6p.

Northern Lakes Lightning Youth Hockey Fundraiser | Aug 11, 2019 | 5p–7p

Nisswa, Minnesota

Support youth hockey! Event will be held at Hunts Point Gun Club, Nisswa.

Private Event | Aug 13, 2019

Zig’s Restaurant | Aug 16, 2019 | 7:30p–9:30p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Relax after a day on the links or the lake while Bruce plays his signature bluegrassy, bluesy, folky originals and deep covers.

Cuyuna Range Farmers Market | Aug 17, 2019 | 9a–noon

Crosby, Minnesota

Bruce will set a festive tone as you shop the bounty of the region’s famers and makers!

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Campfire Series | Aug 20, 2019 | 8:30–9:30p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Summer nights by a campfire at one of northern Minnesota’s premier resorts – perfect with some bluesy, rootsy, folksy tunes.

Lost Lake Lodge Tavern | Aug 24, 2019 | 7–9p

Lake Shore, Minnesota

Bruce returns to Lost Lake Lodge’s new Tavern Bar with his energetic mix of bluegrass, blues, and Americana originals and deep covers. His fingerpicking and bottleneck slide skills are an unparalleled treat to watch and listen to!

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Campfire Series | Aug 27, 2019 | 8:30–9:30p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Summer nights by a campfire at one of northern Minnesota’s premier resorts – perfect with some bluesy, rootsy, folksy tunes.

Park Rapids Growers Market | Aug 31, 2019 | Event 9a–1p | Music 10a–12:30p

Park Rapids, Minnesota

Growers and makers will be selling their fresh food, produce, and wares! Stop by to stock up on summer’s bounty and enjoy some “blue folk” music!

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Campfire Series | Sept 1, 2019 | 8:30–9:30p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Summer nights by a campfire at one of northern Minnesota’s premier resorts – perfect with some bluesy, rootsy, folksy tunes.

Cuyuna Range Farmers Market | Sep 7, 2019 | 9a–noon

Crosby, Minnesota

Bruce will set a festive tone as you shop the bounty of the region’s famers and makers!

Park Rapids Growers Market | Sep 14, 2019 | Event 9a–1p | Music 10a–12:30p

Park Rapids, Minnesota

Growers and makers will be selling their fresh food, produce, and wares! Stop by to stock up on summer’s bounty and enjoy some “blue folk” music!

4th Annual Booya Festival | October 5, 2019 | 5p-7:30p

Brainerd, Minnesota

The booya will have been cooking since Friday, and Bruce’s distinctive country blues will start cooking at 5:00 p.m. Great food, foot-stompin’ music, and excellent company – don’t miss it!

Past Events

Roundhouse Brewery | July 20, 2019 | 7–9p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Bruce returns to Roundhouse with his energetic mix of bluegrass, blues, and Americana originals and deep covers. His fingerpicking and bottleneck slide skills are an unparalleled treat to watch and listen to!

Private Event | July 13, 2019

Park Rapids Growers Market | July 6, 2019 | Event 9a–1p | Music 10a–12:30p

Park Rapids, Minnesota

Growers and makers will be selling their fresh food, produce, and wares! Stop by to stock up on summer’s bounty and enjoy some “blue folk” music!

Laurel Street Market, Brainerd | July 2, 2019 | 3–6p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Bruce will set a festive tone as you shop for fresh produce and hand-crafted goods from area growers and makers!

St. Mathias Church Community Bazaar, Fort Ripley | June 30, 2019 | Event 10:30a–4p | Music Noon–3p

Fort Ripley, Minnesota

Something for everyone at this community event—chicken dinner, burgers and brats, bingo, games for kids through adults, and much more! An annual favorite for my family, I’m excited to be playing! Event starts with Mass at 10:30 a.m. and goes ’til 4:00 p.m. I’ll be playing from noon to 3:00.

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Campfire Series | June 23, 2019 | 8:30–9:30p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Summer nights by a campfire at one of northern Minnesota’s premier resorts – perfect with some bluesy, rootsy, folksy tunes.

Laurel Street Market, Brainerd | June 18, 2019 | 3–6p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Bruce will set a festive tone as you shop for fresh produce and hand-crafted goods from area growers and makers!

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Campfire Series | June 16, 2019 | 8:30–9:30p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Summer nights by a campfire at one of northern Minnesota’s premier resorts – perfect with some bluesy, rootsy, folksy tunes.

Private Event | June 2, 2019

Serenity Now Alpaca Farm 7th Annual Open House & Crafters’ Fair | May 11, 2019 | Music/10a-12p | Event/9a-4p

Jenkins, Minnesota

Catch Bruce from 10am to noon at Serenity Now Alpaca Farm’s 7th Annual Open House & Crafters’ Fair! The event is FREE and open to the public, 9am to 4pm. Alpacas, fiber artists, food, and artisans and their handiwork—you want to be there!

Copper Trail Brewing | May 10, 2019 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Enjoy Bruce Archer’s unique blend of bluegrass, country blues, and a bit of roots/folk — not easily defined by a single genre, but his finger-picking and bottleneck slide techniques display an unmatched level of talent that is sure to entertain and inspire!

Roundhouse Brewery | April 6, 2019 | 6:30-8:30p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Local favorite Bruce Archer returns to Roundhouse! This evening is also a fundraising event for the 8th Grade class at St Francis of the Lakes Catholic School, and Bruce will be donating his tips for the night to the kids’ trip accounts. Great music, great food, great atmosphere — and all for a great cause!

March–April, 2019

St. Cloud, Minnesota

In the recording studio! Watch for a CD release!

Disgruntled Brewing | February 2, 2019 | 7-10p

Perham, Minnesota

Bruce returns to Disgruntled Brewing with his rollicking blend of country blues, rock, and a touch of Iowa hillbilly. Perfect with a hand-crafted brew.

Roundhouse Brewery | January 19, 2019 | 7-9p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Bruce Archer returns to Roundhouse with his rollicking blend of country blues and Americana originals and original spins on deep covers. Warm up with a hand-crafted brew and some hot finger-picking and bottleneck slide guitar!

Copper Trail Brewing | December 29, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Close out 2018 at Copper Trail Brewing with a craft beer and Bruce Archer’s unique blend of Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and deep covers. From new twists on standards to original work, he brings a raw authenticity to his performances.

Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace | December 8, 2018 | 10:00a–12:00p

Little Falls, Minnesota

Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is an indoor, year-round market for locally produced food, artwork, and other goods in central Minnesota. The event goes from 10a to 3p; I’ll be playing from 10a to 12p. 

Copper Trail Brewing | November 21, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Bruce Archer returns to Copper Trail with his rollicking blend of country blues and Americana originals and deep covers. Stop in for a cold hand-crafted brew and some hot finger-picking and bottleneck slide guitar!

Roundhouse Brewery | November 3, 2018 | 6:30–8:30p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Enjoy a hand-crafted brew and Bruce Archer’s spirited blend of Americana and country blues infused originals and deep track covers!

Disgruntled Brewing | October 20, 2018 | 7-10p

Perham, Minnesota

Bruce Archer returns to Disgruntled Brewing with his rollicking blend of Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and covers. Archer’s songs resound with maturity yet his presentation is as vigorous and energetic as someone who has just arrived on the block that Archer clearly has been around several times.

3rd Annual Booya Festival | October 6, 2018 | 5:30-7p

Brainerd, Minnesota

The booya will have been cooking since Friday, and Bruce’s distinctive hillbilly blues will start cooking at 5:30 p.m. Great food, foot-stompin’ music, and excellent company – don’t miss it!

Oremageddon Packet Pick-up Party at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge | October 5, 2018 | 6-9p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Enjoy Bruce’s unique blend of blues, bluegrass, rock, and some residual Iowa folk at the Oremageddon packet pickup party!

St. Francis School Foundation Annual Dinner at Madden’s Wilson Bay Lodge | September 28, 2018 | 5:30-6:30p

Nisswa, Minnesota

A little background music during the social hour, in support of my daughter’s school and the St Francis School Foundation.

Ruttger’s Farmers Market Harvest Festival | September 15, 2018 | 3-5p

Deerwood, Minnesota

Enjoy the Harvest Festival with some country blues and rolicking Americana.

Cuyuna Range Farmers Market | September 8, 2018 | 9a-12p

Crosby, Minnesota

Shop the vendors at the Cuyuna Range Farmers Market while listening to the spirited Americana and country blues of Bruce Archer.

Disgruntled Brewing | September 1, 2018 | 7-10p

Perham, Minnesota

Bruce Archer returns to Disgruntled Brewing with his rollicking blend of Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and covers. Archer’s songs resound with maturity yet his presentation is as vigorous and energetic as someone who has just arrived on the block that Archer clearly has been around several times.

Roundhouse Brewery | August 31, 2018 | 7-9p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Kick off Labor Day Weekend with a cold, crafted brew and Bruce Archer’s spirited blend of Americana and country blues originals and deep track covers!

Copper Trail Brewing | August 25, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Looking forward to a summer of fourth Saturdays at Copper Trail Brewing! Hope to see you there!

Farmers Market on Laurel | August 21, 2018 | 4-6p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Enjoy some fresh pickin’ on the guitar while you’re pickin’ some fresh, local goods at the Farmers Market on Laurel. Market hours are 3-7p, music will be 4-6p.

Private Event | August 20, 2018 | 5p

Long Lake, Minnesota

Bruce is available for your next birthday party, anniversary celebration, corporate event, or shindig!

Ideal Farmers Market | August 11, 2018 | 10a-12p

Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

Enjoy some fresh pickin’ on the guitar while you’re pickin’ some fresh, local goods at the Ideal Farmers Market, in the parking lot at Ideal Green Market Co-op. Market hours are 9a-1p, music will be 10a-noon.

Private Event | August 5, 2018 | 5p

East Gull Lake, Minnesota

Bruce is available for your next birthday party, anniversary celebration, corporate event, or shindig!

Copper Trail Brewing | July 28, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Looking forward to a summer of fourth Saturdays at Copper Trail Brewing! Hope to see you there!

Seeing Music / Hearing Canvas | July 14, 2018 | 12-2p

Brainerd, Minnesota

A FREE unique experience in downtown Brainerd!

Musical and visual artists will share an outdoor stage, each being inspired by and playing off the work of the other. Bruce Archer will perform while artists Lea Anderson, Greg Gray, and Heidi Jeub create original works on large canvases—a dialogue among artists working in their varied media. You will be drawn into the visual / musical jam session yet free to move on and shop, grab a bite to eat or a drink, and return to see the artists’ progress. At the end of the two-hour performance, each visual artist will have created a one-of-a-kind piece that resonates with the musical performance that inspired and fueled it. 

Downtown businesses will display the artwork through the remainder of the deTOUR Downtown / construction season, then the pieces will be presented to the top donors to the deTOUR Downtown funding campaign. You will be able to view the pieces at Sage on Laurel, Picture Perfect Framing Studio, and Fancy Pants Chocolates.

Disgruntled Brewing | July 6, 2018 | 7-10p

Perham, Minnesota

Bruce Archer returns to Disgruntled Brewing with his rollicking blend of Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and covers. Archer’s songs resound with maturity yet his presentation is as vigorous and energetic as someone who has just arrived on the block that Archer clearly has been around several times.

Copper Trail Brewing | June 23, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Looking forward to a summer of fourth Saturdays at Copper Trail Brewing! Hope to see you there!

Roundhouse Brewery | June 2, 2018 | 6:30-8:30p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Bruce Archer returns to Roundhouse with his rollicking blend of country blues and Americana originals and deep track covers! Stop in for a handcrafted cold brew and some hot slide guitar!

Copper Trail Brewing | May 27, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Kick off your summer with a cold hand-crafted brew and some hot finger-picking and bottle-neck slide!

Disgruntled Brewing | May 12, 2018 | 7-9p

Perham, Minnesota

Always look forward to a return to Disgruntled Brewing. Hope to see you there!

Disgruntled Brewing | April 21, 2018 | 7-9p

Perham, Minnesota

I’ll be at Disgruntled Brewing playing Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and covers. 

Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace | March 24, 2018 | 10:30a–12:30p

Little Falls, Minnesota

Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace is an indoor, year-round market for locally produced food and artwork in central Minnesota. The event goes from 10a to 3p; I’ll be playing from 10:30a to 12:30p.

Disgruntled Brewing | March 17, 2018 | 7-10p

Perham, Minnesota

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Disgruntled Brewing!

Copper Trail Brewing | March 3, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Enjoy a crafted brew along with some country blues infused music. Hope to see you there!

Roundhouse Brewery | February 13, 2018 | 4:30–7p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Brainerd Lakes Chamber Business After Hours, hosted by Roundhouse Brewery: networking at 4:30, program at 5:30, more music follows (roughly 6-7p).

Copper Trail Brewing | January 27, 2018 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Bruce returns to Copper Trail Brewing with his Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and covers. Hope to see you at Copper Trail!

Roundhouse Brewery | January 20, 2018 | 7-9p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Local musician Bruce Archer will be at Roundhouse Brewery playing his unique blend of Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and covers. From new twists on standards to original work, he brings a raw authenticity to his performances.

Disgruntled Brewing | January 13, 2018 | 7-9p

Perham, Minnesota

Bruce returns to Disgruntled Brewing with his country blues infused originals and covers. Best enjoyed with a handcrafted beverage. Hope to see you there!

Copper Trail Brewing | December 30, 2017 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Enjoy a crafted brew along with the country blues infused music of Bruce Archer. Hope to see you at Copper Trail!

Disgruntled Brewing | December 9, 2017 | 7-9p

Perham, Minnesota

Bruce will be at Disgruntled Brewing playing his unique blend of Americana, roots, and country blues infused originals and covers. From new twists on standards to original work, he brings a raw authenticity to his performances.

Copper Trail Brewing | November 25, 2017 | 7-9p

Alexandria, Minnesota

Enjoy a crafted brew along with the country blues infused music of Bruce Archer. Hope to see you at Copper Trail!

Backroads Air Date | November 16, 2017 | 7:30pm | Lakeland Public Television

If you’re outside the broadcast area, you may be able to pick it up via your satellite provider or stream it at http://video.lptv.org/

Backroads Concert/Taping | September 25, 2017 | 7p

Bemidji, Minnesota

Backroads (a production of LPTV – Lakeland Public Television) has announced the lineup for its upcoming season, and I’m beyond thrilled to be one of their guests! I’ll be playing 30-45 minutes of original music beginning at 7:00 p.m. If you’d like to be part of the audience during taping, go to https://lptv.org/product-category/concerts/ to get tickets. It’s free, but space is limited. Hope to see you at RailRiverFolkSchool in Bemidji on September 25th!

Roundhouse Brewery | September 7, 2017 | 6-8p

Brainerd, Minnesota

I’ll be playing from 6 to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Roundhouse Brewery | August 3, 2017 | 6-8p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Hand-crafted beer and music — ahhh, summer! I’ll be playing from 6 to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Big Axe Brewing Co | July 15, 2017 | 6-8p

Nisswa, Minnesota

I’ll be playing from 6 to 8. Hope to see you there!

Roundhouse Brewery | June 22, 2017 | 6:30-8:30p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Food truck outside, hand-crafted beer and music inside. I’ll be playing from 6:30 to 8:30. Hope to see you there!

Jack Pine Brewery | June 17, 2017 | 7-10p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Come enjoy a pint of craft beer at Jack Pine Brewery in Brainerd. I’ll be playing 7p-10p.

Big Axe Brewing Co | May 13, 2017 | 2-4p

Nisswa, Minnesota

Come enjoy a cold one and help Big Axe celebrate its anniversary. I’ll be playing 2p-4p.

Roundhouse Brewery | April 1, 2017 | 7-9p

Brainerd, Minnesota

Come enjoy a pint of craft beer, soda, kombucha, or cold-press nitro-infused coffee at Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd. I’ll be playing 7p-9p.