The Grand - New Ulm

The Grand Kabaret

About The Grand Kabaret

The Kabaret's modern design housed in the historic beauty of the Grand Hotel redefines what it means to be German-themed, with an atmosphere that is both interesting and fun, yet comfortably relaxed - making it the perfect place for a night out with family or friends.

The Grand was recently rated "Best in the Midwest" by Midwest Living. The Grand also was featured in Minnesota Monthly. Click here to read more.

"The Grand Kabaret Live Arts Entertainment Series" has been made possible in part by The Grand Center for Arts & Culture of New Ulm and their latest 2017 grant award from Prairie Lakes Regional Art Council and the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

This activity is made possible by a grant provided to The Grand Center for Arts & Culture by Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota.

Though the event calendar currently lists primarily live music performers, The Grand Kabaret is committed to the continued development and expansion of its performance art offerings.

Possible event ideas include drama, spoken word performances, literature/poetry readings, and more. Stay tuned for event calendar additions and updates! Or email us with your suggestions for improving the performing arts entertainment at The Grand Kabaret.

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Coming To The Grand...

Music begins at 8:00pm each Friday and Saturday night starting on May 5, 2017.

June 29

Tom Brandau and Janet Haak: 2017 Minnesota Filmmakers Series presented by the New Ulm Film Society

5 short films, plus a Q&A with the filmmakers, Tom Brandau and Janet Haak!

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Screening starts at 7pm.

Free admission and all ages welcome!

June 30

Dick & Ian Kimmel & band!

Veteran performer and triple hall-of-famer, Dick Kimmel, “The Ambassador of Bluegrass,” has played, recorded, and promoted bluegrass internationally for more than 50 years with such artists as Del McCoury, Hazel Dickens, and his ‘&-Co’ band configurations. He was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Dick also recently received a SPBGMA nomination for entertainer of the year. Dick plays mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and guitar and has released more than 2-dozen bluegrass recordings.

Ian Kimmel, Dick’s son, has performed border-to-border, coast-to-coast, and internationally. In 2014, he walked away with SPBGMA’s coveted Mandolin Player of the Year award. Ian, musically, has shifted from high gear into overdrive. For starters, he’s long since arrived stellar-accomplished on guitar (acoustic and electric), mandolin, and Dobro. Self-accompanied on whichever instrument, Ian’s lead singing comes naturally and seemingly effortlessly as his music jumps genres; ranging from folk, to rock, to blues.

Dick & Ian will be playing this special show with a full band, so you won't want to miss it!

July 1

Stephanie Nilles with Thomas Deakin

Chicago-born jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles has been doin' Kesey proud one bar at a time since 2008, hustling around the United States, Europe, and Canada (except from 2009-2010 for legal reasons), averaging 150 gigs a year, and captivating unsuspecting listeners with a voice that would make Jelly Roll Morton look orthodox and Ma Rainey look sober.

Having studied piano and cello since the age of six, she was a finalist at the Young Concert Artists' International Competition, a gold medalist at the Fischoff Competition, and had performed on NPR on three separate occasions by the age of seventeen. At twenty-two, she had graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a degree in classical piano performance and temporarily relocated to New York City, where she began writing songs and performed regularly on the east village anti-folk scene.

She has since sung with Bobby McFerrin in Carnegie Hall, directed the musical program of a Brooklyn burlesque series, covered Busta Rhymes' "Break Ya Neck" in the skeletal remains of a bombed-out cathedral in Nuremberg, been invited to perform official showcases at SXSW and International Folk Alliance, and self-released 4 full-length albums, two of which were picked up for European release by German roots/blues label Tradition und Moderne (Taj Mahal, John Fahey).

When Stephanie's not sleeping in her car, she lives in New Orleans, which might not be the best idea.

July 7

American Feedbag

Jake and Kris met in the Twin Cities while playing for the outlaw country band The Reverb Country Dusters. After Kris moved to Madison, he was no longer able to play with the group, but he and Jake continued to get together to play and write original Americana music. Though both approach song writing differently, the collaborations between the two result in a blend of American roots music that defies musical genres and breaks the mold of the standard singer/songwriter formula.

Playing acoustic instruments as well as electric bass and piano allows the duo to draw on several different influences and provide a full bodied sound in the live setting. Ranging from folk/country/bluegrass to old timey jazz and American standards, American Feedbag are able to nourish the masses hungry for fresh original music while providing melodies and lyrics adding to the great American song book.

American Feedbag have played a variety of venues throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin and plan to continue spreading their music to further regions of the country.

July 8

Lonesome Dan Kase

As a teenager growing up in rural southern Michigan, Lonesome Dan Kase happened upon a radio show called the “Blues Cruise,” broadcast out on Ann Arbor. Although he had picked up the guitar a year or so before, when he began hearing artists like Reverend Gary Davis and Robert Johnson, he quickly became hooked on the country blues.

Like many of the blues musicians from the early 1900’s that Lonesome Dan was listening to, he acquired a wander-lust and began traveling around the country busking on street corners. After spending time in California and New Mexico, Lonesome Dan ended up in Denver, Colorado where he started playing in coffee houses and drinking establishments. It was here he met Johnny Long, a blues player from St. Louis, whose deeply distinctive singing and guitar-picking style continues to be a big influence on Lonesome Dan’s music. While in Denver, Dan also played with a four- piece band called the 32-20 Jug Band. They played 1920’s and 30’s jug band music covering artists like Sleepy John Estes and The Cannon Jug Stompers.

Boogie-woogie and blues piano continue to play a big part in shaping the guitar technique of Lonesome Dan, and after years of listening to classic and folk ragtime piano, he has also begun transposing some of his favorite rags to guitar.

July 14

Chris Holm

Chris Holm is an acoustic folk blues & country musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A fingerstyle guitar picker and harmonica player, Chris channels the high-spirited liveliness of Charley Patton, thumping on his suitcase drum, attacking his guitar strings with abandon, and shouting along in a gravelly howl, later to channel the lonesome sounds of a weeping slide guitar and a blue yodel.

Despite his Northern Minnesota roots, Chris’ has formed in intimate connection with the music of the American South. Born and raised in a small community near the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, the river’s musical heritage has made a strong impression on Chris throughout his life. Raised on the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, The Beatles, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, he eventually dug into the music that inspired those great artists and discovered a deep appreciation for country blues and hillbilly country music. Sprinkles of his Scandinavian heritage add a unique flavor to his music for a sound that’s both old and familiar yet fresh and original.

You may also catch Chris fronting his roots rock & roll band The Fattenin’ Frogs and psychedelic blues rock duo Heatwave & Landman. Chris formerly has performed with Hazel Strange, The Julie Puppets, The Stone Pages, and The 4onthefloor.

Chris teaches harmonica, guitar, banjo, and bass guitar at Twin Town Guitars in South Minneapolis.

July 15

The Futons

July 21

One Act Plays - Area students direct and perform!

The 7th Annual Night of One-Acts will, again, present two very different plays to the public.

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm

$5 for Members, Seniors, & Students/$7 for all others

July 22

One Act Plays - Area students direct and perform!

The 7th Annual Night of One-Acts will, again, present two very different plays to the public.

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm

$5 for Members, Seniors, & Students/$7 for all others

July 23

One Act Plays - Area Students direct and perform!

The 7th Annual Night of One-Acts will, again, present two very different plays to the public.

Sunday @ 3pm

$5 for Members, Seniors, & Students/$7 for all others

July 28

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!

July 29

Captain Gravitone

Captain Gravitone plays Americana Folk Rock, infused with Tango and Jazz, one of the many great, new bands coming from Minnesota. The group's superhero, Captain Gravitone, tangos in big box stores, beautiful women clad in leather, beat poets, elephants, philosophy majors, the circus and parallel universes come to life in the group's compositions. The sound is fun, sometimes moody, with a distinct sense of humor reminiscent of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Bela Fleck. The group features Eli Hoehn on banjo, Wayne Schmidt on the electric guitar, Corban Noah on electric bass, Damen Price on drums and a host of other musicians that lend their talents to the group on an occasional basis including vocalist Kelly Quinn, violinist Karen Kozak, guitarist/vocalist Mark Bishofsky, guitarist/vocalist Jason Helder, percussionist Daryn Christensen, and bassist Bill Grenke.

August 4

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.

August 5

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.

August 11

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!

August 12

Frank Johnson, Cody Nelson, & Mild Manner

August 18

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.

August 19

Adrian Barnett

Award-winning baritone saxophonist Adrian Barnett has performed all across the nation at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Lollapalooza. He has been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, concert wind ensembles, and touring rock groups.

Adrian is also a woodwind specialist, mulit-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. His recent album "It's About Time" by The Adrian Barnett Septet is comprised of his original compositions and is available on iTunes and He currently resides in Nashville, TN.

August 25

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!

August 26

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".

September 1

Closed For Labor Day!

September 2

Closed For Labor Day!

September 8

*Ticketed Show* Ray Bonneville

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.

September 9

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.”

September 15

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!

September 16

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.

September 22

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!

September 23

The Organic Cowboys

The Organic Cowboys play an array of folk, country and rock music. Members include Dave Ross, Dennis Splinter, Dean Bixenman, Jason Helder, and Tony Helder.

September 29

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.

September 30

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.