Nip N Tuck with special guests Billy Steiner and Ron Arsenault
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Nip N Tuck with special guests Billy Steiner and Ron Arsenault

Nip n Tuck was born in 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and consisted of Gary Rue (guitar/vocal), Jeff Willkomm, bass/vocal), Tilly (drums/vocal) and (later) Terry Isachsen (guitar/vocal). The group was heavily influenced by pop idols of the time: Todd Rundgren, The Raspberries, and termed a ‘melodic rock band’ by the local press (with which the band agreed). Another in a long list of bands who were ‘this close’ then inexplicably disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle of pop history.
 
But wait! Now they’re back!
 
From the press corps:
 
“Nip ‘n’ Tuck is blindingly good……reminiscent of the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Who…”
 …rock and roll in the best Anglo-American tradition, and headed for the top.”
~Metropolis
 
“…the most impressive selections…are the band’s original compositions…catchy but tasteful,
melody-oriented but rock rhythmed, containing melodic and lyrical substance too often lacking
in the pop tunes receiving AM radio overplay.”
~P. L. Christian
 
 “…to get (that) full of a sound from a 3 piece is nothing short of amazing…close harmonies,
strong hooks, endearing melodies all charged up and ready to go with backbones of real rock energies…
no one else I’ve heard on a local level touches them on their own territory.”
~Laura Fissinger (freelance writer for, among others,  Rolling Stone)

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Open Mic Night
Oct
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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Masa Ishikawa Trio
Nov
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Lavender Town
Nov
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Lavender Town

Lavender Town paints a small, lovely town with color. Expressing a variety of rock, country, covers, originals, and indie music. Local musicians with unique styles come together to share their stories, inspirations, and love for music. Come join us at the Grand Kabaret for a night of surprises, laughter, community, and fun. Kelsey Jae on vocals and guitar. Lauren Lewis on vocals. Terry Zinniel on cajon and Brady Hagen on lead guitar. Life is your canvas, paint it with color.

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Lehto & Wright
Nov
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Lehto & Wright

Lehto and Wright are a Celtic/American/English folk and progressive rock band from Minneapolis. Steve Lehto and John Wright have been performing as a duo for over ten years throughly Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

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Bad Liquor Management
Nov
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bad Liquor Management

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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Open Mic Night
Nov
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Betty & Ocho
Dec
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Andrea Lyn Duo
Dec
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

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.

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The Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks
Dec
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks

LIVE at The Grand Kabaret this Friday, December 15th @ 7:30pm: The 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.

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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Open Mic Night
Dec
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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John Raymond "Jazz is Now" - Ticketed Show
Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

John Raymond "Jazz is Now" - Ticketed Show

"Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time...with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction." (Downbeat Magazine)

Recently voted as a Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll, John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in the world. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ethan Iverson, and Linda Oh among others. His latest album "Real Feels" was released to widespread acclaim, including a ★★★★1/2 Downbeat review and was included on the Best Jazz Albums of 2016 by Stereogum.

His newest band, the "Jazz Is Now" trio, includes two of the most in-demand jazz musicians based in the Twin Cities - pianist Bryan Nichols and drummer JT Bates. With a unique trumpet-piano-drums configuration, the group explores new sonic landscapes that incorporate rock, folk and electronic influences together with their foundation in jazz music. The result is both an accessible and experimental sound that poignantly represents the current times, and their music is sure to resonate with everyone who comes to it with an open mind.

Purchase advance tickets online, or call or visit The Grand!
$8 Members/$12 Nonmembers

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Rain Kings
Oct
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Rain Kings

Rain Kings is a musical evolution of veteran band Ill-Gotten Booty (IGB). Well known in southern MN for their smooth southern-rock and gritty alt/country/rock/blues sound, Rain Kings has now gotten closer to the roots of music to create an organic, raw musical adventure.

Members include Clint Eaton, Keith Eckstein, Scott Helgerson, Jason Olson, & Greg Spear.

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Boom Boom Steve V. & The Knockouts
Oct
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boom Boom Steve V. & The Knockouts

Steve Vonderharr is a blues player with heart. He plays and sings with the kind of passion and character that is rarely displayed by musicians of any persuasion. Steve V.'s harmonica work is both assertive and sensitive, seamlessly moving through a range of emotion and skill. His playful demeanor and his compassion for people and music make him a class act. It's a show you don't want to miss!

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Pushing Chain
Oct
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Pushing Chain

Pushing Chain, a folky-tonk duo from Minnesota’s north shore, 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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Ben Marti Jazz Trio
Sep
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ben Marti Jazz Trio

Ben Marti Jazz Trio is a Jazz Trio of Piano, Bass and Trumpet but will often add Tenor Saxophone and Drums as well as a vocalist to expand the possibilities of the group. The Ben Marti Jazz Trio plays Jazz standards, Pop and Show tunes, in every style from Dixieland to Modern Jazz. We can cultivate our performance to the desire of the host we are performing for.

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Hootenanny Annies
Sep
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Hootenanny Annies

Hailing from the Mankato & New Ulm region, The Hootenanny Annies have been performing music together for nearly two decades. 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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Open Mic Night
Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

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 Lost Walleye Orchestra
Sep
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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The Bockfest Boys
Sep
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Bockfest Boys

The Bockfest Boys perform a raucous show of upper mid-west style music which includes a number of original compositions as well as popular music from the past 50 years and beyond. Arrangements include overtones of country, rock and roll, ethnic polka, folk, blues and bluegrass all combined into a Minnesota hotdish that is piping hot out of the oven. Their unique style and contagious audience engagement makes for one truly fun filled experience every single time they perform. Vocals, Trombone, Trumpets, Baritone, Lead, Rhythm, and Bass Guitars, Concertinas, Button Accordion, Keyboards and Percussion are their tools of the trade. Band members include Anton “Tony” Berg, Scott Sparlin, Randy Domeier, Allan “Smiley” Wiltscheck, Bob Beusmann, Jeff Braegelmann and Steve Moran. Expect anything!

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High Strung
Sep
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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Ray Bonneville - Ticketed Show
Sep
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ray Bonneville - Ticketed Show

Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling. Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled and overcame drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, then moved to Alaska, then Seattle, and Paris and New Orleans. But it took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.

He’s since earned many accolades, including a Juno Award for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other prominent artists, and shared songwriting credits with Tim O’Brien, Phil Roy and Morlix, among others. Slaid Cleaves placed Bonneville’s “Run Jolee Run” on his lauded 2009 album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.

Easy Gone, Ray’s fourth album for Red House Records, takes listeners to some of the dark spaces and exotic places Bonneville has gone on his own travels. An Austin resident since 2006, Bonneville still puts the rhythms and soul of New Orleans into much of his music. His songs carry a groove and momentum that’s uniquely his — and will always be a part of him, no matter where he roams.

Tickets are $8 for members and $12 for non-members  Call or visit The Grand or go to Eventbrite for online ticket sales:    https://www.eventbrite.com

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Minnesota Barking Ducks
Aug
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

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.

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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Open Mic Night
Aug
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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Mild Manner, Hard Right Frank, & Joe Kopel
Aug
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mild Manner, Hard Right Frank, & Joe Kopel

Eclectic but focused, rowdy but controlled; Mild Manner’s definition is as contradictory as their title. A four piece of twenty somethings that sprouted from the same five-mile patch of Twin Cities-adjacent suburb, Mild Manner offers a homeostatic performance that’s constantly in flux between a hip-shaking chaos and quiet energy. Thick, distorted influences of The Strokes and Cage the Elephant are chased by those of Billy Joel shuffle and Bernard Purdie groove; moxie of Vampire Weekend in one-two punch with the modernity of Polica. Since the late months of 2015, Mild Manner has been performing while fronted by Singer/Saxophonist Dante Leyva ahead of Guitarist Steven Maurer and Drummer Ryan LeMay, and in March 2017 they released their self-titled debut EP, produced internally by Bassist/Synthist Riley Jacobsen of Glaucus productions. Since that winter, the band has accrued headlining performances at Minneapolis’s 7th Street Entry, as well as all around the greater Twin Cities area, and received an extended feature in NPR’s retrospective video for the 2017 Tiny Desk competition; they are currently aiming to develop their performance opportunities.

Hard Right Frank is the solo project of Francis Emil Johnson. He is influenced by songwriters like Jackson C. Frank, Nick Drake, Robin Pecknold, Josh Tillman, Anthony Green, etc. In February of 2017, he released his debut folk EP "You're Still Gone," produced by Alex Simpson. 

Comic, yet serious, the sound of Joe Kopel is that of a rock n' roll boy trying to keep up with the times.

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The Skally Line
Aug
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Skally Line

The Skally Line duet plays hot oldtime country, fiddle tunes, blues, and ballads. Along with a raucous collection of standards and a bunch of rare old cuts rarely heard live, The Skally Line specializes in creating a Minnesota old time tradition that never quite developed on its own. Tom Cornish and Fred Keller–both long time vets of Minnesota’s roots community–both write songs celebrating the stories of Minnesota old and new. Fred plays mandolins, Tom guitar and fiddle. Together they work up tight harmonies and arrangements, some tasty picking, and a whole lot of fun from the Deep North.

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Chris Ames & Chris Steffen
Aug
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chris Ames & Chris Steffen

Sleepy Eye residents Chris Ames and Chris Steffen have been playing music and recording for fun since May, 2012. Initially Chris A. asked Chris S. to do harmonies on a song he was recording. After sharing of musical interests the two started re-learning old favorites and some new songs off the radio. The two have played for and enjoyed listening to all the acts that have performed for The Grand's "Open Mic Night" and they look forward to sharing their music again.

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The Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet
Aug
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet

The Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet was founded in 2015 to provide music for events held at the Viet Nam Traveling Wall Memorial during its southern Minnesota tour that year. The group is comprised of five professional brass players each with over 30 years of performance experience who love the versatility and the variety that performing as a brass quintet provides. Baroque, Classical, Movie and TV Themes, Romantic, Renaissance, Rock, Jazz, and Pop. We play it all!

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