Minnesota Barking Ducks
Aug
23
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 include, Kit Kildahl who 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.

The bassist for this evening’s show will be St. Peter native and world travelling bassist, Josh Gravelin.

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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The Sirens--$5 Tickets
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Sirens--$5 Tickets

Minnesota Music Award winning vocalist Karen Vieno Paurus and the internationally-celebrated singer/actress/emcee Nadine Dubois return to the Kabaret in New Ulm for an evening of song, sauciness, laughter and seduction.

These two Sirens perform locally, nationally and internationally and bring back the glitz and glam of the past. Think Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin and you’re on the right track.

Backed by the incomparable guitarist Robert Bell this trio is sure to delight all your senses.

Slip into that fancy dress or suit ‘n tie you never wear and saunter into the realm of The Sirens: Music, humor, stories and the feel of once-illegal juice joints.

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651 Jazz
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

651 Jazz

This is the second performance in the Grand Kabaret by this jazz group led by Warren Backer!

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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Jonah Backus and The Conquerors
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Jonah Backus and The Conquerors

Jonah Backus (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Luke Sak (Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals), Jeremy Fluegge (Keyboard, Backup Vocals), Caleb Koelpin (Bass Guitar), Paul Koepsell (Guitar), Gabe Jacobsen (Drums).

They will be playing a variety of cover songs including: the Rollingstones, Tom Petty, Kings of Leon, the Fray, Greta Van Fleet, and many more.

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Chris and Chris
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Chris and Chris

Sleepy Eye residents Chris Steffen and Chris Ames 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 requested a booking. They look forward to sharing their music. Chris A. said that Chris S., "never did do the harmonies on that song."

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Strange Byrds
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Strange Byrds

Cari Minor and Ray Smith became Strangebyrds in 2011, writing moving songs about times past and present. Their blend of spot on harmonies and commitment to finessing and honing their craft has developed into a sound they call "Blue Collar Folk". They have recorded four award-winning releases recognized by both the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competitions. The magnetic synergy of Strangebyrds' unique Americana music has forged a reputation for captivating audiences with powerful, universal truths layered within stunning musicianship.

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Machinery Hill--$5 Tickets
Oct
5
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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Miss Myra and the Moonshiners
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Miss Myra and the Moonshiners

Miss Myra and The Moonshiners are a formidable 5-piece swing band bringing a fresh female-driven perspective to traditional New Orleans and hot club jazz, playing a broad repertoire of classic tunes from the ‘20s and ‘30s and inspired originals. With powerful vocals, a smoking horn section, and sweet rhythm, they are guaranteed to lift spirits and fill the dance floor.

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The Prizefighters--$5 Tickets
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Prizefighters--$5 Tickets

The Prizefighters have been have been at the heart of conserving the sounds of 1960s Jamaica since 2006. Born from a deep love of ska, rocksteady and early reggae, The Prizefighters aim to continue the short-lived legacy of these amazing genres, paying full respect to authenticity and style of the times. Over their decade plus of bringing the roughest and toughest sounds of Orange Street, they have worked as the backing bands for legendary performers Stranger Cole, Derrick Morgan, Roy & Yvonne, and Charlie Organaire, as well as sharing the stage with acts such as the Skatalites, Toots and the Maytals, Lee Perry, Hepcat, the Slackers, and many more.

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Society of Broken Souls
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Society of Broken Souls

Society of Broken Souls, the Folk Noir songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter, never expected the name of their band to become such a lightning rod. It just seemed a fitting name, one that resonated deeply with each of them, as well as with their most dedicated fans. But a lightning rod it seems to have become. 

Shapter and James know a thing or two about broken souls. While their music is deeply rooted in the time-honored tradition of storytelling, their songs move seamlessly from the darkly fictitious to the profoundly personal — meaning they come by their name honestly.

Called “a songwriting powerhouse” (Ben Kieffer, Iowa Public Radio), the duo performs their own brand of American roots music. While they have their roots as an acoustic duo, their live show has blossomed into an expansive setting for weathered characters, tough topics, and quiet beauty. Fiddle, drums, keyboard, and acoustic and electric guitars, in intricately woven and varied arrangements, create a wide, dynamic palette.

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Pushing Chain
Oct
25
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 another 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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Andrea Lyn & her Better Half
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Andrea Lyn & her Better Half

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 will be joined by her husband, Justin Gehrke on guitar and vocals.

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Everett Smithson Band Halloween Party!!!
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Everett Smithson Band Halloween Party!!!

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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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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Joyann Parker Blues Trio
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Joyann Parker Blues Trio

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 some of the most prestigious clubs in the Midwest and garnered national and international attention for her newest record, "Hard To Love," including features in DownBeat and Living Blues Magazine. Joyann is a 2018 Blues Blast Magazine Music Award nominee and Heritage Guitars artist. She has also 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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EZ Jazz Trio
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

EZ Jazz Trio

The EZ Jazz Trio consists of Evan Bierer on Tenor Saxophone, Ryan Rader on Drums, and Eric Zimmerman on bass and vocals. They perform original compositions that reference various streams of jazz as well as funk, rock, bop, latin, and swing. As Minnesota natives, they have performed at numerous venues and festivals throughout the state and their 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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The Divers--$5 Tickets
Nov
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Divers--$5 Tickets

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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Bad Liquor Management
Dec
6
7:30 PM19:30

Bad Liquor Management

Founding members of Bad Liquor Management are Josh Gravelin and Kit Kildahl and the band will include others such as Scott Fultz, Mic Mc Cormick or one or more of the City Mouse members.

BLM was featured in 2019 by the Star Tribune as one of their “Pick Six” best bands in Southern Minnesota. The band has played some legendary gigs in St. Peter and Manakto!

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The Lost Walleye Orchestra
Dec
7
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, Dave Pengra with Hawk Haefner on keyboards.

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Armstrong Blvd Quintet
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Armstrong Blvd Quintet


Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet is a traditional brass group (2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba) that also performs Jazz standards and classic and current Pop and Rock. With 100 years of combined performance experience, the ABBQ has the skill to provide brass music appropriate for any life occasion.

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

John Holmquist, Tim Babel & Lee Weber

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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Dick Kimmel & Kelly Coyle
Dec
27
7:30 PM19:30

Dick Kimmel & Kelly Coyle

The music of Dick Kimmel is firmly rooted within traditional bluegrass, old-time stringband, and folk music; genres where he excels as a performer as well as an historian, mentor, and teacher. Dick regularly carries his music throughout North America and Europe as a solo performer and with various music collaborations including his band Dick Kimmel & Co, The Alan Munde Trio and duos with folks like Pamela Longtine, Ian Kimmel, Adam Granger, Graham Sones, and Lori Jean.

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"I Was THERE Man!"  Woodstock Experience
Aug
18
12:00 PM12:00

"I Was THERE Man!" Woodstock Experience

The Grand Center for Arts and Culture will hold an all-day Woodstock experience including live music by

Joe Tougas, Steve Vonderharr and Kit Kildahl, The Organic Cowboys and Scott Sparlin. There will be an interactive Woodstock show at 3:30 PM featuring a Chicago troupe travelling around the country doing a complete Woodstock experience interactive show. August 18th is the actual weekend of Woodstock 50 years ago!

We will have Lola’s food truck, drinks, love beads, a hippie camp, tye dying, psychedelic chalk art and butterfly photos for fun!

Advance tickets $15 at The Grand, the NU Chamber, and on eventbrite.com.

Tickets at the door are $20/adults and $5/children under 12.

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Ethan Keller Group
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Ethan Keller Group

Ethan Keller is a singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was voted Solo Artist of the Year in the 2011 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards, and Pop Artist of the Year in the 2011 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards. Ethan will be joined by his group, whose members include George Ballesteros on bass, Nathan Pflughoeft on guitar, and Avi Gelfman on drums.

Ethan produces many kinds of original music, often melding folk, blues, and rock, with funk, jazz, and hip-hop. He has been performing and promoting for over 20 years, has appeared at venues and music festivals in over 30 states, and has sold over 10,000 albums.

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"It's All About You New Ulm"    Improv Comedy Ticketed Show
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

"It's All About You New Ulm" Improv Comedy Ticketed Show

Table Salt has created more than 20 original musicals, plays, sketch comedies, storytelling and concert shows over nine seasons, and we are thrilled to be coming to New Ulm to create a show just for you! Come join Dennis Curley, Michelle Cassioppi, Kelly Kohlbacher and Jim Robinson as they celebrate the city of New Ulm with an original all-improvised show. With music!

Tickets are $8 for members/$12 for nonmembers available at the NU Chamber, at The Grand and online at eventbrite.com

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Gail Sparlin & Scott Sparlin
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

Gail Sparlin & Scott Sparlin

Singer/Songwriter and musicologist Gail Sparlin crafts blues influenced pop songs colored with her childhood influences of folk, country, and jazz. A northern Minnesota native and a music educator, Gail performs in the capital district of upstate New York. She will be joined by her brother Scott Sparlin.

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Doug Collins
Aug
3
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 last two CD's were voted "Best of the Year" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and his most recent, Good Sad News, was was voted #3 best American release in Spain by Ruta66 Magazine.

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Anna Stine & Robert Bell
Aug
2
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.

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Live Deck Music! Andrea Lyn & Her Better Half
Aug
2
5:30 PM17:30

Live Deck Music! Andrea Lyn & Her Better Half

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 will be joined by her husband, Justin Gehrke on guitar and vocals.

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Bockfest Boys
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

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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Summer One Act Plays
Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Summer One Act Plays

2 one acts performed by area students: “Speed Dating” is the story of a series of bad meetings for 2 people trying to meet some one thru speed dating. The second One-act is “The Mighty Roving Pan-Galactic Miknik Art Players” where a roving band of actors tell us the story of Miknik and of his adventures on the space station of Elsinor.

Tickets are $7, $5 for students and seniors.

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Summer One Act Plays
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Summer One Act Plays

2 one acts performed by area students: “Speed Dating” is the story of a series of bad meetings for 2 people trying to meet some one thru speed dating. The second One-act is “The Mighty Roving Pan-Galactic Miknik Art Players” where a roving band of actors tell us the story of Miknik and of his adventures on the space station of Elsinor.

Tickets are $7, $5 for students and seniors.

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Summer One Act Plays
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Summer One Act Plays

2 one acts performed by area students: “Speed Dating” is the story of a series of bad meetings for 2 people trying to meet some one thru speed dating. The second One-act is “The Mighty Roving Pan-Galactic Miknik Art Players” where a roving band of actors tell us the story of Miknik and of his adventures on the space station of Elsinor.

Tickets are $7, $5 for students and seniors.

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Paul Allman & Sharon Grandinette - $5 Tickets
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Paul Allman & Sharon Grandinette - $5 Tickets

Tonight's concert will be in several parts: Swedish Nyckelharpa music by Paul Allman, followed by Sharon Grandinette on vocals and guitar playing folk and soul music, accompanied by Paul and Kit Kildahl on guitar and vocals.
Paul is one of the only people in the United States to play the Swedish Nyckelharpa, the National instrument of Sweden. He has a website devoted to the instrument and his professional work:
http://fivecent-harpa.com/ Paul lived and studied in Sweden and learned to play from expert musicians there.

Sharon Grandinette started to sing in elementary school and began playing guitar at age 9. She sang in school choirs/acapella groups and played solo gigs in coffee houses in college. Her songs are folky and soulful and she really wants to be Bonnie Raitt when she grows up! Besides being a musician and singer, Sharon Grandinette is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist/Trainer and an internationally recognized consultant who focuses her work on school reintegration for children with acquired brain injury and provides advocacy to families.

Tickets: $5 at the door or online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paul-allman-and-sharon-grandinette-tickets-64682325577

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Ken & Ken
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

Ken & Ken

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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Hootenanny Annies
Jun
29
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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Minnesota Barking Ducks
Jun
28
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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Dick Kimmel & Kelly Coyle
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Dick Kimmel & Kelly Coyle

The music of Dick Kimmel is firmly rooted within traditional bluegrass, old-time stringband, and folk music; genres where he excels as a performer as well as an historian, mentor, and teacher.  Dick regularly carries his music throughout North America and Europe as a solo performer and with various music collaborations including his band Dick Kimmel & Co, The Alan Munde Trio and duos with folks like Pamela Longtine, Ian Kimmel, Adam Granger, Graham Sones, and Lori Jean. 

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Pushing Chain - $5 Tickets
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Pushing Chain - $5 Tickets

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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.

$5 Tickets

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Charlie Roth
Jun
8
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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Masa Ishikawa Jazz Trio
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Masa Ishikawa Jazz Trio

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Masa will be joined by Rick Orpen and Robert Shoemaker for this show.

Masa Ishikawa’s music has been performed in multiple countries including China, Japan and Italy. As a composer, his work includes both jazz instrumental/vocal compositions, ranging from chamber (3 to 7-piece jazz combo) to large ensembles (17-piece jazz orchestra/studio jazz orchestra) His composition, Hotaru (firefly), was selected as the winner of 2014 Downbeat Student Music Awards in Graduate Original Composition for Small Ensemble.

As a native of Fukushima (Japan), Ishikawa premiered a multi-movement jazz big band work titled Suite for the Forgotten in 2015. The suite is dedicated to people who are currently living in Fukushima under the risk of exposure to radiation. Several of his compositions have been published from UNC Jazz Press.

 As an active pianist, Ishikawa and his groups have performed at various jazz festivals/concerts in the United States. He was selected as one of the five finalists to compete for the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition.

Ishikawa received Mid-Career Artist Grant from Prairie Lake Regional Arts Council in 2018. With the support of this grant, Ishikawa is expected to release his first instrumental jazz album, titled Dialogue (both digitally and physically) in June 2019.)

Ishikawa currently serves as a Visiting part-time Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota where he teaches Music Theory, Applied Jazz Piano as well as directing The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble and The Gustavus Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

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Steven Klassen & Jackie Jurgens
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

Steven Klassen & Jackie Jurgens

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.  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.

Steven will be joined by Jackie Jurgens on drums.

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Mark Braun & Kaleb Braun Schultz
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Braun & Kaleb Braun Schultz

Mark Braun and grandson, Kaleb Braun Schulz (aka. . .Old Guy and the Kid) have been regularly performing as this unique duo for the past 3 years.  Their acoustic covers of everything from Dylan to Van Morrison, The Beatles to the Avett Brothers has been enjoyed by music connoisseurs of all ages.  Braun's history includes performing as a lead vocalist in various bands over the past 40 years. In addition to working with grandson Kaleb as "the Old Guy" in the duo, he does varieties of solo performances for special occasions.  In addition to being "the Kid" and adding his talents to the duo, Schulz is carrying the family musical tradition to the next level recording and performing as a solo artist throughout Minnesota.  Together they present an enjoyable evening filled with acoustical covers of memorable hits that touch a nostalgic nerve in all of us.

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MR DR and Stacy K & Andrea Lyn Duo
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

MR DR and Stacy K & Andrea Lyn Duo

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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