The Frye
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Frye

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The Frye returns to The Grand! They are a little 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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EZ Jazz Trio
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

EZ Jazz Trio

The EZ Jazz Trio is Eric Zimmerman Trio, which consists of Evan Bierer on Tenor Saxophone, Ryan Rader on Drums, and myself on bass and vocals.  We perform original compositions that reference various streams of jazz as well as funk, rock, bop, latin, and swing.  As Minnesota natives, we have performed at numerous venues and festivals throughout the state and our members regularly make appearances with Adrian Barnett, DW3, Good Night Gold Dust, 7th Avenue, Captain Gravitone, Stacy K, and The Frye.

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Hootenanny Annies
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Hootenanny Annies

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Hailing from the Mankato & New Ulm region, The Hootenanny Annies have been performing music together for 17 years. The duo is carried by their vocal harmonies, playing a wide variety of country, rock, bluegrass and folk music. Pam plays the Cajone and mandolin while crista plays guitar and fiddle.

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Everett Smithson Band - $5 TICKETS
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Everett Smithson Band - $5 TICKETS

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The Everett Smithson Band has a sound you might hear in the French Quarter of New Orleans. A mix of zydeco, blues, tex mex, rockabilly and funky roots music. Every show has an upbeat party atmosphere with powerful grooves and funky back beats.

This band is made of players that have toured the world with big names like Kim Wilson, Bo Diddley, Big George Jackson, Bryan Lee, Gary Primich, Johnny Adams and more. The Everett Smithson Band has release five albums on Simmontree Records. Lots of original songs about life in the real world.

Everett Smtihson- Vocals, harmonicas, rubboard

Kathleen Smithson- Vocals, accordians, 12 string guitar, mandolin, rubboard

Jeremy Johnson- Guitar

Bill Black- Bass guitar

Victor Span- Drums/precussion 

www.everettsmithson.com

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Minnesota Barking Ducks
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Minnesota Barking Ducks

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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.

These guys have a lot of music to draw on, so the result is a wide-ranging songlist--blues of course; but also rock, R & B, and jazz standards like "Fly Me to the Moon".

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Tristan Blue
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Tristan Blue

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Combining contemporary covers and originals with traditional Irish folk, Tristan Blue's whiskey soaked lyrics cut to the heart and tell the tale of a young man making his way through the world.

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Joyann Parker Blues Trio
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Joyann Parker Blues Trio

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Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter.  She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country, frequently sells out the most prestigious clubs in the Twin Cities and garnered national and international attention for her newest record, "Hard To Love." Joyann is a 2018 Blues Blast Magazine Music Award nominee and Heritage guitars artist. She has opened for Grammy winner Robert Cray, taken the stage for Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop in a pinch, represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN and won the award for 2016's Best Self-Produced CD from the Minnesota Blues Society.

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The Watermelon Slush
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Watermelon Slush

Down-home country music born right in the heart of rural Minnesota.  Pete Klug and Ben Scruggs grew up across the field from each other, strummin' geetars and walkin' gravel roads.  Austin, MN native Jason Felten joins the ruckus on stand up bass.  Come expecting hot guitar pickin', big bass grooves and all original songs that get your feet movin' and your gut bustin'.  Come get SLUSHY with us!

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Mother Banjo
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Mother Banjo

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Mother Banjo celebrates the release of her new album with a special show at The Grand! Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com. She has showcased at South By Southwest (SXSW) and the Folk Alliance International Conference and is touring behind her new album Eyes on the Sky with her award-winning Americana band. More info at www.motherbanjo.com.

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Cottonwood Special
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Cottonwood Special

Cottonwood Special is a trio of musicians from southern Minnesota. Pete plays acoustic guitar and sings, Ryan is on drums (primarily brushes), and Dave plays dobro, lap steel, guitar, and sings as well. They cover a variety of mostly Americana ranging from old to new. There's Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Hayes Carll, Jason Isbell, Avett Brothers, Tom Waits and all sorts of things between, including a handful of original songs thrown in as well.

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The Tony Rook Band
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Tony Rook Band

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Born and raised in North Carolina, Tony Rook is no bluegrass novice. He picked up his first guitar at the age of 12, rocking out in the local music scene before returning to his bluegrass roots. Tony, now a multi-instrumentalist, describes his music as “incredibly personal.” His songs convey real-life experiences and hardships through soulful lyrical arrangements and intricate guitar riffs.

In their debut project “Reflections,” released in October 2018, Tony Rook Band showcases nine original tracks of contemporary bluegrass out of the eleven tracks.

Tony Rook Band members are Brent Fuqua on mandolin and vocals, Terry Johnson on bass and vocals, and Graham Sones on banjo and vocals. Brent is a strong instrumentalist whose creativity, enthusiasm and energy helps drive TRB. As its bassist, Terry is TRB’s backbone and brings those high tenor vocals to the mix. Graham brings a driving banjo and the baritone vocals to the quartet. He’s an extremely versatile banjo player and can easily shift from melodic fiddle tunes to a straight-ahead Scruggs style.

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Roe Family Singers
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Roe Family Singers

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For 15 years Kim & Quillan Roe have made music together, starting at a tribute to the then-recently-deceased Johnny & June Carter Cash. Since then, they’ve grown into a 4-5 person band and have maintained a weekly residency at the 331 Club in Minneapolis.

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Nikki & The RueMates Duo
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Nikki & The RueMates Duo

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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.

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Machinery Hill - $5 TICKETS
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Machinery Hill - $5 TICKETS

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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Gary Rue - 10,000 Hours Tour
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Gary Rue - 10,000 Hours Tour

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A performer and composer, Gary has been playing music for audiences throughout the western hemisphere since the mid-sixties, beginning with various town halls in the upper Midwest and graduating to East Coast ‘tent’ tours that included the Big Apple (Carnegie Hall as music director and duet partner for Gene Pitney) and on to far flung points in Canada and the Caribbean. Early along the way, Mr. Rue began writing music of his own, and was rewarded with some of his songs being recorded by (among others) Nick Lowe and Helen Reddy, as well as many prominent regional artists.

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Masa Ishikawa
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Masa Ishikawa

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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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The Divers - $5 TICKETS
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Divers - $5 TICKETS

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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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Amy Manette Band
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

Amy Manette Band

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Amy Manette has an amazing, dynamic range unmatched by most singers. She has a powerful, soulful voice but can also sing with great tenderness Amy enjoys theater and her experience acting in many musicals has helped to develop her powerful singing voice.  Amy has performed in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minnesota Shorts Play Festival, Merely Murder Mysteries and does commercial and television modeling in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ed (Doc) Thorpe hails from St. Paul, Minnesota and has been playing jazz & pop organ and piano for over 50 years. Doc wrote and recorded his first tunes when he was 17-years-old and his songs made Billboard. Doc was awarded a college scholarship to Berkley School of Music in Boston. Doc has worked with many bands throughout his career. Along with playing in the Amy Manette Band, Doc continues to actively perform solo piano work around the Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota metro area.

Marvin Topp is Amy's percussionist and also sings and manages the band. Marv is a proficient jazz drummer and plays with great finesse, blending rhythmic elements of jazz, big band, Latin and pop on his drum kit.  Marv has worked with many bands but has made the Amy Manette Band his primary musical focus.

Trumpet Player Dustin Voges is a very active jazz performer, concert soloist and sideman for several musical groups. Dustin studied concert performance trumpet in college and has traveled throughout the United States, playing with large and small college ensembles. Dustin also has a great singing voice and sings both solo and harmonizing with Amy.

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The Lost Walleye Trio
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Lost Walleye Trio

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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, and Dave Pengra.

 

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Ace in the Whole
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Ace in the Whole

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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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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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Pushing Chain
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Pushing Chain

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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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New Year's Eve with Hootenanny Annies
Dec
31
6:00 PM18:00

New Year's Eve with Hootenanny Annies

Join us for a night of fine dining, cocktails, music, and fun as we ring in 2019 at The Grand! The Hootenanny Annies will provide the music while dining. We will begin at 6pm with butler passed appetizers followed by soup, two main courses, and finishing with dessert to conclude the meal around 8pm. Tickets are $55/person (not including tax or gratuities).

RESERVATIONS ONLY! Please call Lola's for reservations at 507.359.2500 or submit this form to reserve online.

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You Knew Me When
Dec
28
7:30 PM19:30

You Knew Me When

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Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband and wife indie folk-rock pairing with a full band sound. Based in Ouray, CO, by way of Nashville, TN, the duo have toured nationally since June of 2012 throughout North America, sharing their collective sound. Now touring in support of their third studio album "Into the Looking Glass", You Knew Me When continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast. Find out more at www.youknewmewhen.com.

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Andrea Lyn Duo
Dec
22
7:30 PM19:30

Andrea Lyn Duo

With roots in country and folk music, Andrea Lyn writes with a uniquely captivating sound. Having shared national and Grand Stand stages with acts such as The Marshall Tucker Band, Ronnie Dunn, Travis Tritt and others, her voice is soft yet edgy. Her lyrics resonate, melodies are memorable and concert presence is thoroughly engaging.

Andrea Lyn will be joined by her husband, Justin Gehrke!

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Northern Darling
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Northern Darling

With well-crafted and creative originals and some fun covers, Northern Darling has been described as a pure as honey, hipster version of Billie Holiday. Liz Davis’ vocals are complemented by the unique sound of Trent Jacob playing an amplified bassoon, James Mouritsen, guitar; Jeff Sugerman, upright bass; and Adam Mickelson on drums.

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Tim Babel, Lee Weber, & John Holmquist
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Tim Babel, Lee Weber, & John Holmquist

Tim Babel is New Ulm's raconteur in chief. Lively stories will mix with a range of folk-tinged classic rock and roots music. John Holmquist will play and sing original songs and an eclectic mix of classic and alternative rock balads and contemporary country songs. Lee Weber is a singer and master of American Finger Style guitar music. He'll perform ragtime, classic American music as well as some of his original compositions.

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Masa Ishikawa
Dec
11
2:00 PM14:00

Masa Ishikawa

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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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Cottonwood Special
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Cottonwood Special

Cottonwood Special is a trio of musicians from southern Minnesota. Pete plays acoustic guitar and sings, Ryan is on drums (primarily brushes), and Dave plays dobro, lap steel, guitar, and sings as well. They cover a variety of mostly Americana ranging from old to new. There's Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Hayes Carll, Jason Isbell, Avett Brothers, Tom Waits and all sorts of things between, including a handful of original songs thrown in as well.

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Nate Boots
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Nate Boots

Nate Boots is a singer and songwriter out of North Mankato, Minnesota, who plays guitar and harmonica and writes and performs original tunes. He has played with The Porchlights and with Jim the Harpooner. 

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Anna Stine & Robert Bell
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Anna Stine & Robert Bell

Anna Stine is an indie folk artist creating music that ponders the trials and triumphs that make us most human. Her lyrics and melodies are driven by a soulful authenticity that invites audiences to connect to their own stories. Anna harmoniously blends together her love of honest folk songs and haunting jazz melodies, while drawing upon the influence of powerful female artists such as Billie Holiday, Angel Olsen, Norah Jones and Laura Marling. Anna's experiences as a music therapist have given her a unique understanding of the ways that music can enrapture and transform us, and she seeks to manifest this through her intentional presence and performance. In her debut album "Company of Now", set to be released summer 2018, Anna delves into the delicate dance of being present in the midst of growth and discomfort. Through songs that speak to both suffering and self-acceptance, she encourages listeners to stand tall, breathe easy, and step from the ground they're standing on. 

Anna will be joined by guitarist Robert Bell. Robert Bell is one of the most in-demand jazz guitarists in the area. His passion for music is evident in his playing, and he is well versed in several styles.Anna and Robert began working together in early 2018 on her upcoming debut recording. 

www.annastine.com
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PRIVATE EVENT: Endowment Party with 651 Jazz
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

PRIVATE EVENT: Endowment Party with 651 Jazz

Special private event for all of our Endowment Campaign donors! Formal invitations will be sent this fall.

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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Machinery Hill
Nov
24
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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Hootenanny Annies
Nov
17
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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Bad Liquor Management with Shane Youell
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Bad Liquor Management with Shane Youell

The duo consists of bass player and vocalist Josh Gravelin, a St. Peter native, who spent 15 years in Austin, Texas playing with heavyweights like the Vaughn Brothers and Ray Willie Hubbard, and Kit Kildahl, guitar/harmonica player and vocalist, who is a songwriter and musician also currently residing in St. Peter. The duo plays American roots music, including many of Kit's originals.

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CCMR Fundraiser
Nov
10
5:30 PM17:30

CCMR Fundraiser

Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River (CCMR) hosts annual fundraiser at The Grand. Come early for free old-time music during the afternoon.

SCHEDULE:

12-5pm: Concertina/Button Box Old Time Music Jam Session. Free will offering.

5:30pm: Dinner & Music Event. $35/person, $60/couple. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm

Music Line-up:
7-8:30 Bockfest Boys
9-10:30 Kit Kildahl & Shane Youell

Cash Raffle

0K Fun Walk/Run includes free beer & t-shirt. $20.

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Society of Broken Souls
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Society of Broken Souls

Society of Broken Souls is the Folk Noir songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter. Performing their own brand of American Roots Music, they write unflinching songs that confront our shared, raw humanity while celebrating the beautiful mosaic of the human experience. Having performed in 25 states from coast to coast over the last decade, their live show features seamless harmony vocals and a wide array of instruments and sounds. From stripped down, bare-bones acoustic arrangements to a denser and edgier electric sound, their songs invite the listener to walk through the fire with them — and to find freedom, strength and courage on the other side.

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Ace in the Whole
Nov
2
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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