The Porchlights
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Porchlights

The Porchlights were founded at the bend of the Minnesota River near Mankato. They play half original music and half altered cover songs in the style of vocally-driven acoustic rock and blues. They are in favor of river forging, moonlit walks about town, intricate discussion, fine ales and wines, the occasional tumbler o’ whiskey, spermaceti candles, free range poultry, well-trained dogs, tall boots, short lectures, higher learnin’, lower ebbing, the Renaissance, and Rivers Cuomo. They don't care for bullshit. Their founding members are Nate LeBoutillier, Mandy Robbins, Jason Miller, and Travis Friedrichs.

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Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra

Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra plays Americana Folk Rock, infused with Tango and Jazz, one of the many great, new bands coming from Minnesota. The group's superhero, Captain Gravitone, tangos in big box stores, beautiful women clad in leather, beat poets, elephants, philosophy majors, the circus and parallel universes come to life in the group's compositions. The sound is fun, sometimes moody, with a distinct sense of humor reminiscent of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Bela Fleck. The group features Eli Hoehn on banjo, Wayne Schmidt on the electric guitar, Corban Noah on electric bass, Damen Price on drums and a host of other musicians that lend their talents to the group on an occasional basis including vocalist Kelly Quinn, violinist Karen Kozak, guitarist/vocalist Mark Bishofsky, guitarist/vocalist Jason Helder, percussionist Daryn Christensen, and bassist Bill Grenke.

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The Lost Walleye Orchestra
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Lost Walleye Orchestra

This group hails from Mankato and St. Peter and the members play in a number of other bands, including Pengra & Arsenault, City Mouse and the Blitz Boys. The Lost Walleye Orchestra plays a mix of good-time, classic rock, americana, blues and folk. Members include Billy Steiner, Ron Arsenault, Dale Haefner, and Dave Pengra.

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Twin Cities Hot Club Trio
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Twin Cities Hot Club Trio

The Twin Cities Hot Club (TCHC) represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz originally popularized by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. They recreate not only the famous la pompe that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz but also gypsy bossanova, musette, bolero, and swing. TCHC perform
this timeless deep-rooted music that is physical, alive and speaks directly to the heart.

TCHC formed in September of 2004 and have been sharing their expressive, “hot” style with audiences ever since. The group has been featured on KBEM Jazz 88.5fm, Minnesota Public Radio, and has received rave reviews in Vintage Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, the Twin Cities Jazz Society Newsletter and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Notable performances include: author Michael Dregni’s book release Django the Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival, Madison Jazz Festival, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindyfest, Minnesota Sur Seine with Dorado Schmitt, Minnesota State Fair and the Uptown Row Django Jazz Festival to name a few. Robert Bell, Gary Schulte and Matt Peterson are the regular members of the group and look forward to returning to the Grand!
Twin Cities Hot Club
www.twincitieshotclub.com

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Doug Collins
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Doug Collins

Called "one of the most brilliant songwriters to emerge from the Twin Cities in nearly two decades" by southernminn.com, Doug Collins's hooky mix of Beatle-esque pop and classic country are highlighted in his energetic shows (both solo and with his crack band, the Receptionists), soulful singing, and honest, emotional songs. His latest release, Complicated Compliments, came out in February 2016, and was voted one of the "Best of the Year" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

www.dougcollinsmusic.com

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Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton & Elizabeth Rowan
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton & Elizabeth Rowan

Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton has been dazzling audiences with his creative accordion style for over 30 years. His fresh approach to the much-maligned squeezebox and his mind-boggling repertoire of both original and traditional material will change the mind of the most hardened accordion skeptic. Dan draws influences for songs and tunes from such sources as French Musette, Gypsy Swing, Cajun, Jug band, Tex-Mex and Cumbia. He calls this global gumbo “ethnoclectic” music. Daddy Squeeze entertains and also enlightens his audiences with stories and colorful anecdotes about the accordion and his experiences while making a living playing the instrument he loves.

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Masa Ishikawa Trio
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Masa Ishikawa Trio

Actively performing at local jazz venues with several of his own groups, Masa Ishikawa has been performing at jazz festivals and concerts in Italy, China and the United States. Masa's original compositions illustrate his interests and influences on various musical styles ranging from Swing, Afro-Cuban, Funk, Hip-Hop to traditional Japanese music. The trio features Masa Ishikawa on piano, Rick Orpen on bass and Robert Shoemaker on drums. 

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Betty & Ocho
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Betty & Ocho

Betty is Elisabeth Harsma, a person of many talents, including playing guitar, singing, songwriting and dance. David (Ocho) O’Connell writes much of the original folk music for the duo. He also plays guitar and sings.

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Lehto & Wright
Jun
2
7:30 PM19:30

Lehto & Wright

Lehto and Wright have a sound that is a unique blend of traditional and modern styles. By taking cues from the Irish, English and American folk traditions and interpreting them with contemporary guitar-based arrangements, Lehto and Wright have taken a fresh approach to the world of folk and folk rock. 

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High Strung
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

High Strung

High Strung plays classic songs from venerable artists that everyone recognizes but probably haven’t heard in quite a while and maybe have even forgotten about. These are everyone’s favorite popular artists but they’re B-side songs rather than the same old everyday classic rock radio hits. Some of the artists we cover (but in no particular order) include The Beatles, CS&N, Neil Young, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Steely Dan and many others. There are also the more obscure from Incubus and the Honeydogs to Hoagy Charmichael and Irving Berlin. We are two acoustic guitars and bass and 3-part vocals. Our songs often cause people to say, “Hey, I remember that one.”

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Machinery Hill
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Machinery Hill

This Minneapolis-based band takes their name from the Minnesota State Fair’s large display of farm equipment. Their original style blends American folk with unexpected touches of ska, klezmer, celtic and a bit of rock & roll. If you look up “diverse” in the dictionary, it says “see Machinery Hill.” Catchy original songs with well-crafted lyrics are showcased along with striking interpretations of traditional tunes. They have performed along with such diverse acts as Beausoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, Frente, Phish, Black 47, Brave Combo, Eugene Chadbourne, Jimmy Carl Black and Queen Ida; and have headlined at The Great River Folk Festival, among others. Machinery Hill is the 1996 winner of the Minnesota Music award for best world beat CD, the 1999 MMA winner for specialist recording and has been included in TPT’s series MN. Original (episode #226).

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The Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks!
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks!

For over 30 years the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks have brought a driving, diverse, blues-based music to the Twin Cities and all points in between.  Mic McCormick has been with the band since its inception and has forever silenced crowds with his phenomenal, oh-so-tasty guitar.  The "new" members have been Ducks for a little less than a decade. Ed Dunn plays bass and sings. Ed is intense, and plays deep in the pocket, Kit Kildahl sings and plays guitar and occasional harp. Kit has known Mic since '75, when he was playing with the Dust Bowl Blues Band and Ace in the Whole.

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Nikki & the Ruemates
Jun
23
7:30 PM19:30

Nikki & the Ruemates

Nikki Roux and Rich Rue are the core members of the ongoing group, Nikki & The RueMates. Together, they express some of America’s great musical past through voice, guitar, and songwriting with their interpretation of classic female blues tunes, their 60’s-like electric guitar sounds, and lyrics that are ‘thoughtful, dreamy, sultry and unguarded.’ Rich’s blistering slide guitar solos and Nikki’s melodious singing create an intimate, joyful and refreshing musical experience.

 www.nikkiandtheruemates.com

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Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Trio con Brio

We will open The Grand Kabaret for a special Thursday evening performance featuring oboe, flute, and piano. This Swedish trio plays music ranging from classical to well-known hymns to jazz, musicals, and film scores. Free will donation appreciated!

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651 Jazz
Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

651 Jazz

651 Jazz is a group of like-minded jazz musicians from the Rosemount/Apple Valley area who play their own arrangements of jazz and other standards.  651 Jazz features Dave Miller on drums, Jim Bolland on keyboards, Greg Twaites on bass, Warren Backer on guitar, Connor Carroll on sax, and singers Eric Conway and Maddie Holtze.

You will hear familiar tunes like “Body and Soul” and “Fly Me to the Moon”, Latin tunes such as “Black Orpheus” and “Sway”, and popular songs like “Sleep Walk” and “Georgia on My Mind”.  Whether it’s a torchlight vocal, swing, Latin, or blues, the 651 Jazz will play a mix of styles that will entertain and engage you for the evening.

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Dan Duffy Orchestra
Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

Dan Duffy Orchestra

The Dan Duffy Orchestra is an exciting new group from Mankato, Minnesota performing swing and Hot Club music from the 20’s on up to today. A large part of their repertoire consists of original tunes which blend in nicely with their style. The group consists of Paul Horrisberger on acoustic bass who has an extensive history playing bluegrass with Dick Kimmel and others. Fiddle player Marti Ryan teaches at MSU and in her busy schedule performs with the Mankato Symphony. On tenor and soprano saxophone is Frank Cesario who for many years has worked with Big Band jazz groups. Hanna Cesario who plays ukulele is super-talented young jazz singer. Dan Edw. Duffy has been playing blues and rock since the 60’s with groups like City Mouse, Mary Jane Alm and Mankato’s own Gestures of “Run, Run, Run” fame. The melding of all these styles and influences creates an exciting and fun listening and dancing experience.

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Bee Balm Fields
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Bee Balm Fields

Bee Balm Fields was formed in the cold winter months of 2015. Pete Klug, a New Richland native, plays guitar and offers an edge to Bee Balm Fields. Laura Karels, a New Ulm native provides lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Together they produce a sound that will gather your attention.

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Ace in the Whole
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Ace in the Whole

Ace in the Whole plays American music and original tunes that range from bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk and western. Members include Tim Waters on guitar/banjo/pedal steel, Mike Pengra on percussion, Dave Pengra on bass, and Kit Kildahl on guitar/harmonica.

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Open Mic Night
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Open Mic Night

Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or eager to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!

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The Divers St. Patrick's Day Show!
Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Divers St. Patrick's Day Show!

For more than fifteen years, the Divers have been entertaining audiences of all ages with their unique and wide repertoire of original compositions mixing elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, and jazz with random acts of nonsense. Their fun and unique sound emerges from an eclectic mix of guitar, mandolin, harmonica, bass, drums, and vocal harmonies. The Divers are Peter Bloedel, Loren Halvorson, Eric Halvorson, and Andy Overn. You can find out more about them at www.thedivers.com.

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Mike Munson
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Mike Munson

Amped up and electrified country blues from Minnesota. Mike Munson's icy slide guitar creates heavy and deep blues from up north. Mike has an irresistible swagger and a keen sense of musical style.  Munson makes regular appearances throughout the Midwest and was a semi-finalist at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. The much acclaimed recording “Live at Ed’s" was a Twin Cities favorite  This act shows no slack and offers no rest for your hips, knees and feet!

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Dick Kimmel & Adam Granger
Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Dick Kimmel & Adam Granger

Dick Kimmel and Adam Granger have collaborated for duo performances since the 1980's performing throughout the United States and Europe. When these two musicians take to the stage together, magical moments happen as the duo weaves through a program that includes hot picking (on guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo) and exceptional singing on a thoughtful selection songs. On stage, Dick Kimmel & Adam Granger feature a variety of traditional bluegrass music, old-time tunes, original songs and instrumentals, and 'off-the-wall' numbers.

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Jim McGuire Trio
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

Jim McGuire Trio

Recently inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Jim McGuire has been playing jazz for more than 50 years. He has performed with jazz greats Clark Terry, Charley Bird, Dave Brubeck, Ed Shaughnessy, Jim Whitman and others. He recently retired from teaching classical and jazz guitar at  several Minnesota colleges and universities.  In addition to teaming up with Charmin Michelle and Rick Orpen, he performs frequently with the Jim McGuire Jazz Trio.  

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Hootenanny Annies
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Hootenanny Annies

Hailing from the Mankato & New Ulm region, The Hootenanny Annies is a 3-piece acoustic group covering an eclectic array of songs from the 1930's to present day. The trio is carried by their vocal harmonies, playing a wide variety of country, rock, bluegrass and folk music. Crista Bohlmann plays guitar and fiddle, Pam plays the Cajone and mandolin, and John plays guitar.

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Open Mic Night
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Open Mic Night

Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or eager to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!

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Stevie V. & The Knockouts
Feb
17
7:30 PM19:30

Stevie V. & The Knockouts

In the past decade, Steve Vonderharr has twice represented Minnesota by playing in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis. His CD “Tuff Love” was voted the Best Self-Produced CD in 2009 by the Minnesota Blues Society.  As a member of Milwaukee-based Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys, Steve V. played on a live recording that was nominated to receive a Grammy Award.

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Masa Ishikawa Trio
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Masa Ishikawa Trio

Actively performing at local jazz venues with several of his own groups, Masa Ishikawa has been performing at jazz festivals and concerts in Italy, China and the United States. Masa's original compositions illustrate his interests and influences on various musical styles ranging from Swing, Afro-Cuban, Funk, Hip-Hop to traditional Japanese music. The trio features Masa Ishikawa on piano, Rick Orpen on bass and Robert Shoemaker on drums. 

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Minnesota Barking Ducks
Feb
10
7:30 PM19:30

Minnesota Barking Ducks

For over 30 years the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks have brought a driving, diverse, blues-based music to the Twin Cities and all points in between.  Mic McCormick has been with the band since its inception and has forever silenced crowds with his phenomenal, oh-so-tasty guitar.  The "new" members have been Ducks for a little less than a decade. Ed Dunn plays bass and sings. Ed is intense, and plays deep in the pocket, Kit Kildahl sings and plays guitar and occasional harp. Kit has known Mic since '75, when he was playing with the Dust Bowl Blues Band and Ace in the Whole.

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Amy Manette Trio
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Amy Manette Trio

With a voice, powerful and pure, Amy Manette reaches down deep inside and sings with a passion that will stir your soul. Billboard published Pianist Ed (Doc Merlot) Thorpe accompanies Amy, along with the young Dustin Voges, an amazing talent and a rising star on Jazz Trumpet. Drummer Marvin Topp, provides rhythms that mix Jazz, Big Band, Funk and Latin in the perfect way to have you moving to the groove.

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The Frye
Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Frye

The Frye are a small acoustic duo with a big sound, a songwriting team that draws on 1970s pop, rock and country for inspiration. The Frye merges original material with great covers for unforgettable nights. Members include Joe Tougas and Ann Fee.

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Charlie Roth
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Charlie Roth

Americana, Folk, Blues, Country, Celtic, Charlie Roth is a unique blend of all these genres. What Charlie is best at is telling a story with his rich baritone vocal, acoustic guitar, rack harmonica, and foot percussion. His fifth album ‘Broken Ground’ reached up to #6 on the Euro Americana charts and continues to get air play all over the world. He has recorded with the likes of Sam Bush, Michael Bland and other American legends. A consummate showman, an entertainer with countless gigs under his belt, Charlie has mastered the art of playing and singing from his heart, exuding the sheer joy of making great music which can be felt by everyone who is connected to that magical and medicinal spiritual grace.

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Sarah Streitz Band
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

Sarah Streitz Band

Sarah Streitz is a Minneapolis songwriter/band. Rhythmically funky, lyrically astute and often memorable, Sarah's authentic yet familiar voice is raw and understated like many of the songwriters from whom she takes cues.  Her new release, Yesterday’s Child, is a collection of country, rock and roll and swamp blues and was produced, engineered and mixed by Greg Schutte at Bathtub Shrine Recording in Minneapolis.

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Open Mic Night
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Open Mic Night

Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or eager to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!

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TICKETED EVENT: Ron Arsenault & Dave Pengra with opening set by Andrea Lyn
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

TICKETED EVENT: Ron Arsenault & Dave Pengra with opening set by Andrea Lyn

This is a ticketed show with these two fabulous musicians who have played together for over 30 years.  The two hail from Mankato and St. Peter and they play in a number of bands, including the Lost Walleye Orchestra and City Mouse. Dave Pengra plays acoustic bass and Ron Arsenault plays acoustic and electric slide guitar.

Andrea Lyn will play an opening set beginning at 7:30 PM.

Please call  or stop in at The Grand for tickets $8 members/$12 nonmembers

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Jack Klatt
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Jack Klatt

Jack Klatt is a singer, a songwriter, a seasoned traveler, and a dexterous finger-style guitarist. Combining musical traditions from hokum blues to the roots of country music, he has been criss-crossing the lower 48, spreading his brand of American music.

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Bully Pulpit Bluegrass
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

Bully Pulpit Bluegrass

Bullypulpit plays good old bluegrass for the pure enjoyment it gives. Since 2010 they’ve played clubs, churches and small festivals in the Mankato area and southern Minnesota. We’ll have a good line up of vocal and instrumental numbers; some you know, others you don’t. Bullypulpit is Loren Halvorson on guitar, Doug Becken fiddle, “Lonesome Ron” Affolter on bass and Joe Kunkel on banjo with Dean “Bix” Bixenman on mandolin. 

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Dan Israel
Jan
6
7:30 PM19:30

Dan Israel

Dan Israel is a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis music scene. He was the first guest on 89.3 The Current’s “Local Show” and has been called “the hardest working singer-songwriter in Minnesota.” He won Song of the Year (for “Come to Me”) in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year in the 2006 MMA’s. He formed Dan Israel and The Cultivators in 1996 and has released 13 critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 2015’s “Dan.” He received a 4-star review from the UK’s “Uncut” magazine for his 2007 album “Turning.” His 14th album will be released in spring of 2018.

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Pushing Chain
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

Pushing Chain

Pushing Chain, a folky-tonk duo from Minnesota’s north shore, will be coming to The Grand Kabaret as part of a midwest tour. Pushing Chain features Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on the fiddle and vocals. They play original songs, covers of classic artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone, and some fresh new takes on old folk songs. The duo features tight harmonies and a gonzo approach that keep their performances fresh and exciting.

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