Frank Johnson, McCoy Seitz and Laura Hugo!
Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Frank Johnson, McCoy Seitz and Laura Hugo!

Francis Emil Johnson is a songwriter from New Ulm, inspired by the likes of Jackson C. Frank, Townes Van Zandt, Josh Tillman, Fleet Foxes, Johnny Cash and more. He currently lives in Minneapolis.

McCoy Seitz is a musician and songwriter from Minneapolis. Some of his favorite recordings include Nilsson Schmilsson and Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas. McCoy spends most of his time recording song ideas to his voice memo app and playing in the soon-to-be-seminal-indie-pop band Wild Age, who are currently working on their third EP, due in early 2018. 

Laura Hugo is originally from the Navajo Nation but has been calling the Twin Cities her home for the last 7 years. She’ll make you feel all of the feels with her melodic and catchy tunes about heartbreak. You’ll probably find her frequenting open mics, playing at various Minneapolis music venues and watching others play shows at least 4 days a week. She is planning on releasing her first EP in the summer of 2018. 

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Open Mic Night
Dec
29
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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Chris Holm
Dec
30
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Holm

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.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hootenanny Annies
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Hootenanny Annies

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks

LIVE at The Grand Kabaret this Friday, December 15th @ 7:30pm: The Minnesota Barking Ducks! This will be a CD release party for the "Dining Room Sessions" CD which is hot off the presses!

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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Andrea Lyn Duo
Dec
9
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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Betty & Ocho
Dec
2
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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Open Mic Night
Nov
24
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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Bad Liquor Management
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

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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The Ken & Ken Show
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Ken & Ken Show

The Ken & Ken Show features the singing and comedy of some of your favorite classics including: Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Neil Diamond, The Hollies, Smothers Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson.

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Lehto & Wright
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

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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Lavender Town
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

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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Masa Ishikawa Trio
Nov
4
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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The Skruffians
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Skruffians

Purveying an infectious mix of reggae, jazz, and ska, The Skruffians are a Minneapolis-based instrumental collective that celebrates the classic sounds of 60’s Jamaica. Inspired by The Skatalites, the legendary Studio One group that backed The Wailers, The Maytals, Prince Buster, and countless other early Jamaican artists, The Skruffians’ island grooves and bebop horns brings to mind balmy evenings with a cold drink and good friends. It's the musical equivalent of sunshine.

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Halloween Party with Ace in the Whole
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Halloween Party with Ace in the Whole

Join us for a special GRAND Halloween Party from 7-11pm! Ace in the Whole will be playing including one acoustic set in the haunted basement. We'll also be giving away prizes for the best costumes!

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

$5 at the door includes admission to Ace in the Whole, the haunted basement, and a cauldron punch drink.

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Open Mic Night
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

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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Nip N Tuck with special guests Billy Steiner and Ron Arsenault
Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

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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John Raymond "Jazz is Now" - Ticketed Show
Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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
8:00 PM20:00

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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