John Swardson

Based in Minneapolis, John Swardson writes songs that bleed through the holes in the soles of his boots. "A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy." His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influencers over the last handful of years including: Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen. A new record, Blood Moon, with his band John Swardson and Bad Blood is due early winter '19.

Past Shows


Sep
27
th
2019
Mainroom
Sep
27
th
2019
Mainroom

Runnin’ Down A Dream

A Tribute to TOM PETTY
with Eleganza!, White Iron Band, Dan Israel and more!
Aug
2
nd
2019
Turf Club
Aug
2
nd
2019
Turf Club

John Swardson

with MARGRET and JOSH GRIER (of TAPES 'N TAPES)
May
4
th
2019
Turf Club
May
4
th
2019
Turf Club

BLUE WATER HIGHWAY BAND

with John Swardson
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club
Nov
23
rd
2018
Turf Club

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS and The Melismatics

with The Bad Man, D8MCHILD, FURY THINGS and more!
Jan
27
th
2018
Turf Club
Jan
27
th
2018
Turf Club

Samantha Fish

with John Swardson
Nov
8
th
2017
Turf Club
Nov
8
th
2017
Turf Club

A NIGHT FOR NAGEL

Benefit Concert for Jason Nagel
with ADAM LEVY AND FRENEMIES, JOHN MUNSON AND CHAN POLING, John Swardson and more!
Jun
26
th
2017
Clown Lounge
Jun
26
th
2017
Clown Lounge

Frankie Lee

CLOWN LOUNGE (Turf Club basement)
with Sarah Krueger and John Swardson
Jun
15
th
2017
7th St Entry
Jun
15
th
2017
7th St Entry
Apr
6
th
2017
Turf Club
Apr
6
th
2017
Turf Club

MERLE HAGGARD Tribute Night

with Jake Jones, Joe Hysell, The Federales and more!
Oct
30
th
2016
Triple Rock Social Club
Oct
30
th
2016
Triple Rock Social Club

very special guest TOMMY STINSON and COWBOYS IN THE CAMPFIRE

with John Swardson and RACHEL DEAN & TIM GRAY
Apr
10
th
2015
Turf Club
Apr
10
th
2015
Turf Club

Mark Mallman

with Step Rockets, Beasthead and John Swardson
Dec
5
th
2014
7th St Entry
Dec
5
th
2014
7th St Entry

ICE

A SONGWRITER NIGHT
with Martin Devaney, Jillian Rae, TERRY WALSH and more!
Oct
18
th
2014
Turf Club
Oct
18
th
2014
Turf Club

Eleganza!

with Fuck Knights, THE MIGHTY MOFOS, TRAILER TRASH and more!
Oct
11
th
2014
Indeed Brewery
Oct
11
th
2014
Indeed Brewery

Indeed Brewing Company's Hullabaloo 2014

with Tired Eyes, John Swardson, Crossing Guards and more!
Nov
6
th
2013
7th St Entry
Nov
6
th
2013
7th St Entry

Eddie Spaghetti

with NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and John Swardson
Oct
22
nd
2013
Triple Rock Social Club
Oct
22
nd
2013
Triple Rock Social Club

Sturgill Simpson

with Fathom Lane and John Swardson
Jan
18
th
2013
7th St Entry
Jan
18
th
2013
7th St Entry

Paul Kelly

PAUL KELLY
with John Swardson
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Fattenin’ Frogs, Red Daughters, Blue Ruin and more!
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Pink Mink, John Swardson and more!
Jun
10
th
2012
7th St Entry
Jun
10
th
2012
7th St Entry

BEN NICHOLS (of LUCERO)

with John Swardson
Nov
25
th
2011
Mainroom
Nov
25
th
2011
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with the 4onthefloor, STORY OF THE SEA featuring DAVID CAMPBELL and JIM MCGUINN, BNLX and more!
Feb
27
th
2011
7th St Entry
Feb
27
th
2011
7th St Entry

The Deep Dark Woods

with John Swardson and Exit Ghost
Nov
26
th
2010
7th St Entry
Nov
26
th
2010
7th St Entry

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with Martin Devaney, Brianna Lane, Mayda and more!
Nov
26
th
2010
Mainroom
Nov
26
th
2010
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with Martin Devaney, The Honeydogs, Pink Mink and more!

More Shows

Mar
14
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

An Evening with
Gaelic Storm

Jun
25
th
7th St Entry

Polaris

Dec
15
th
Fine Line
canceled

the Birthday Massacre

with Julien-K and Plague of Stars
Apr
12
th
The Fitzgerald Theater
postponed

Sibling Rivalry

with Bob The Drag Queen and Monét X Change