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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Special private event for all of our Endowment Campaign donors! Formal invitations will be sent this fall.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River (CCMR) hosts annual fundraiser at The Grand. Come early for free old-time music during the afternoon.
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
7-8:30 Bockfest Boys
9-10:30 Kit Kildahl & Shane Youell
0K Fun Walk/Run includes free beer & t-shirt. $20.
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.
2018 Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductee Arne Fogel will sing jazz and standards in concert accompanied by Rick Carlson on piano.
Dress up (or not) for our Halloween Party with live music in the basement at The Grand! Black lights, glow-in-the-dark drinks and themed appetizers. $10 cover.
About Everett Smithson Band
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.
Founded in 2014 in Mankato, Minnesota by lead vocalist Jessica Evelo and guitarists Mark Fier and Bennett Selchow, Sapphire rounds out it’s sound with drummer Dave Zarrett and James Zimansky on bass. Sapphire Sendoff have continuously tested their musical palates to create the best possible original music.
Mark Braun and Kaleb Braun Schulz are an acoustic musical duo performing covers of memorable hit songs from the 1960's to present day. Their sets include rock, blues, country and Americanna music from the likes of The Beatles to Van Morrison and Dylan to the Avette Brothers. Both provide vocals and harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitars and bass. Mark and Kaleb (aka . . .Old Guy and the Kid) perform throughout Minnesota attracting music lovers of all ages.
Chris Holm is a solo acoustic fingerstyle folk blues musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chris plays slide guitar, banjo and harmonica and writes many of his own songs in addition to performing old blues, country, folk, and gospel songs. Chris is also the bass player of The 4onthefloor and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of The Fattenin' Frogs.
The Duke Resonant Orchestra was started in 1999 as a "nom de tune" for the music and soundscapes of Emory Moody, a musician and filmmaker currently residing in New Ulm, MN. With a sound reminiscent of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Talking Heads, and a touch of Hawkwind, over the years there have been many guest musicians and this show will be no exception. Mark Yee will help with percussion, keys, and saxophone. James Barnes aka Jaroba will help with electronics, soundscapes and alto clarinet. Other guests may wander in. Emory plays a number of instruments including hand made synthesizers and electric guitar. The show will reflect on over 30 years of Emory's creative work, re-imagined for the occasion.
Steven Klassen spent his early years living with his grandparents and playing spoons along with Grandpa Nick on an old Gibson acoustic. Grandma Alvina played harmonica and frequent visitors stopped by in the evenings to add their instruments or voices to the evenings entertainment. Upon His return from the VIetnam War, in 1968, Steven moved in with a good friend John Goossen who was the bass player for the Epicurian's Band..i.e. Murphy Brothers Band. They lived on 420 Pleasant Street....hmmmmm It really was quite pleasant as the band would practice in the basement and Mankato's finest musicians would stop by and jam. Steven Iearned his first guitar chords during this time and a love for the spirit of 60's rock and roll. Steven plays a 001 Martin Parlor Acoustic guitar accompanied by harmonica. Several years ago Steven published a CD of original songs. Steven writes songs about his grand children, love songs, folk songs, anti-war songs and mystical meditation folk songs. Steven has played gigs in Arizona, San Diego, Switzerland, France, Brooklyn, Wine Cafe in Mankato, Okoboji, Iowa and places forgotten. A memorable gig was played at the Back Fence Bar on Bleeker Street in Greenwhich Village, a frequent haunt of Bob Dylan. Love of music remains the motivation for Steven's ongoing playing of live gigs.
Jackie Jurgens joins Steven on acoustic rhythm box.
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.
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.
It started as a jam session in 1995 in a now burnt-out St. Paul hole-in-the-wall bar. Over 18 years later, the Urban Hillbilly Quartet has grown into an award-winning Twin Cities-based ensemble that delivers an eclectic mix of musical styles, blending electric guitar, piano, accordion, bass and drums. On stage, the Hillbillies perform mainly original material--most of which can be found on their eight albums—especially their latest: 2008’s Bring in the Sails.
Their music has been influenced by: Midwest powerhouses The Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo; UK’s Grand Drive; Canada’s Bruce Cockburn; and folk/jazz star David Grisman. UHQ has been compared to R.E.M., The Grateful Dead and The Waterboys.
The core of the band is Erik Brandt (guitar, accordion, piano, lead vocals), Jeremy Szopinski (electric guitar), Dave Strahan (electric guitar, banjo, vocals), Mike Schultz (bass) and Jim Orvis (drums) who have been performing together in the UHQ all over the United States and overseas.
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.
Dan Israel 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 has released 14 critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 2018’s “You're Free," which has been garnering airplay and rave reviews all over the world. He received a 4-star review from the UK’s “Uncut” magazine for his 2007 album “Turning" and continues to grow his dedicated fan base around the Upper Midwest and beyond.
Stacy K has been playing music her entire life, although it was not always her intention as a career. Originally from Sleepy Eye, MN she got her start performing with the popular Midwest band The Johnny Holm Band. After that she spent time in Minneapolis going to school for vocal performance and songwriting. While in the cities Stacy K began to create and perform her own music. One of her most recognized previous projects is "Hotel Colfax", earning her the recognition of "Best New Act To Keep An Eye On" by The Current. In her latest project, Stacy K breaks from her previous style of folk and reinvents her sound to become more “art-pop-rock” experimenting with computer, drum machines, and synths. The new album is deeply personal and speaks to the long road to sobriety and the joy of becoming a new mother. Stacy is now deeply involved in the Mankato music scene playing with her band, working as a music educator, and spinning vinyl records at the Hub.
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Chris Bertrand's original lyrics poetically coax the listener with open honesty and self-acceptance, and while folk is certainly his strong suit, don’t let that fool you: he’ll tear it up when he needs to. Chris follows the musical interests of his family and friends – everything from John Prine to Jack White - and has been a bassist for multiple bands throughout the past decade.
HAPPY HOUR DECK SPECIAL: 2 handcrafted margaritas and a margherita pizza for $20!