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.


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Coming To The Grand...

Music begins at 7:30 pm each Friday and Saturday night.

January 31

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.

In 2009 Klatt settled down in Minneapolis, formed a band and founded the Cat Swingers. Soon enough he found himself performing around 100-150 nights a year perfecting his crafts of performance and songwriting. In 2011 Klatt received a Minnesota State Arts Grant to record a collaborative album with a number of veteran Minnesota legends including Spider John Koerner, Dakota Dave Hull, Cornbread Harris and Charlie Parr. Mississippi Roll has since garnered praise all the way from California to the UK. With a solo album, "Love Me Lonely" under his belt you can expect to see him on the road, with or without his band, rollin' through a town near you.

February 6

Mankato Mosaic Theatre Company

Mankato Mosaic Theatre Company Presents…

Love Stinks-No Date Required Anti-Valentines Day Theatre

Comedy, short plays, serenading musicians, bummer love poets, and a night full of fun--come with a group, with a friend, or by yourself. You decide whether to add a nice dinner or drinks. Featuring the music of Cafe Au Lait.

The Mankato Mosaic Theatre Company is a group of actors, artists, playwrights, directors, dancers and writers who strive to produce local work in the Mankato area.

Music will begin at 7:30 PM and show will begin at 8:00 PM

Tickets available at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce or the Grand. Limited number of tickets available at the door starting at 7:00 PM. Call 507-359-9222

$8/GCAC Members, $12/Non-Members

February 7

Southside Aces

Southside Aces perform jazz and popular tunes spanning over 100 years, all done up in the New Orleans tradition. The band began as the brainchild of clarinetist Tony Balluff and sousaphone player Erik Jacobson. Since their first gig on a flatbed truck in Apple Valley, they’ve played hundreds of festivals, weddings, clubs and concerts.

Members of the Southside Aces have had the privilege of being mentored by musical greats who navigated the traditional jazz waters before them, including Charlie Devore and Bill Evans of The Hall Brothers Jazz Band, Uncle Lionel, Butch Thompson, Henry Blackburn, Bob French and Benny Jones. There is no better education than playing jazz alongside such stellar talent.

The Southside Aces have performed in clubs all over the Twin Cities and the Midwest. They were the house band 5 years for The Best of Midwest Burlesk and have been featured at over a dozen national Lindy Hop and Balboa dance competitions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado, all of which, if you’re keeping score, makes them a “territory band”. The Aces have been heard on MPR, KFAI, KBEM, and the Current.

The Southside Aces utilize the traditional cannon for its sweetness, its spice, its joy, its sorrow; whatever the mood should call for. They’ll even take requests.

February 13

Over the Waterfall

From the hills of Southeastern Minnesota Bluff Country hails a fun band that plays a mix of 70’s easy listening, vintage country, and songs to sing along to. The lead singer, transplanted from Arizona, has been likened to a cross between Neil Young and John Denver. Add a banjo, upright bass, strong harmonies, and a Boundary Waters canoe guide drummer, and you have “Over the Waterfall.”

February 14

The Porchlights

The Porchlights were founded at the bend of the Minnesota River near Mankato. They play half original music and half altered cover songs in the style of vocally-driven acoustic rock and blues. They are in favor of river forging, moonlit walks about town, intricate discussion, fine ales and wines, the occasional tumbler o’ whiskey, spermaceti candles, free range poultry, well-trained dogs, tall boots, short lectures, higher learnin’, lower ebbing, the Renaissance, and Rivers Cuomo. They don't care for bullshit. Their founding members are Nate LeBoutillier, Mandy Robbins, Jason Miller, and Travis Friedrichs.
February 20

Pengra & Arsenault

Pengra and Arsenault will return to the Grand. This duo hails from Mankato and St. Peter and they play in a number of bands, including the Lost Walleye Orchestra, City Mouse and the Blitz Boys. Dave Pengra plays acoustic bass and Ron Arsenault plays acoustic and electric slide guitar.

February 21

Phil Nusbaum & Steve Howard

It’s a duet that has fun presenting a wide body of music that includes pop as from groups like Credence Clearwater Revival, blues from Robert Johnson, standards taken from jazz, progressive originals and of course traditional bluegrass. Steve and Phil feature both their voices and banjo and guitar, making this the bluegrass-based duet with the greatest stylistic variety around. Plus the two of them enjoy presenting their music in informative and entertaining fashion. It is an acoustic duet with a stylistic breath like no other.

Steve Howard has led the Blue Drifters Quartet for about 20 years. His guitar solos are imaginative, and he is an expert in arranging multiple voices for bluegrass singing. Phil is the radio voice of Bluegrass on Bluegrass Saturday Morning in Minneapolis and the syndicated Bluegrass Review show. A composer of banjo music he enjoys workshopping banjo playing on topics such as pentatonic playing.

February 27

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.

February 28

The Skruffians

Purveying an infectious mix of ska, reggae, jazz, and soul, The Skruffians are a Minneapolis-based instrumental collective that celebrates the classic sounds of 60’s Jamaica. Inspired by The Skatalites, the legendary group that backed Bob Marley, The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, and countless other early Jamaican artists, The Skruffians’ joyful island grooves, jazzy horns, and soulful Hammond organ brings to mind balmy evenings with a cold drink and good friends. It's the musical equivalent of sunshine.

March 6

Mary Guentzel & Amy Scruggs with Doc Merlot & Marv Topp

Mary Guentzel is a talented jazz singer who leads her own combo, the Mary Guentzel Quintet. Mary has sung with Les Fields Orchestra, Sonny Bryant of The Platters, Billy Steiner of City Mouse, Cedar Paddle folk band, Blue Ox Jazz Babies, Jim McGuire Jazz Trio and has had the pleasure of accompanying Charmin Michelle. Mary is an all-around musician who also plays the tenor sax and has played with The Moonlighters dance band and Echos Big Band. Mary loves to interact and visit with her audience before, during, and after performances. She is a true entertainer in every sense of the word!

Amy Scruggs’s primary love is for the theatre and is an avid actress involved with many Minnesota productions. Amy Scruggs has been a part of six productions with Merely Players and performs in the MN Fringe Festival, MN Shorts Play Festival and Merely Murder Mysteries. Amy’s stage experience has helped to develop her powerful singing voice. She has an amazing dynamic range that few can match.

Mary and Amy have great rapport with each other and the two of them work together to provide an evening of pleasurable entertainment you don’t want to miss!

March 7

Urban Hillbilly Quartet

It started as a jam session in 1995 in a now burnt-out St. Paul hole-in-the-wall bar. Over 18 years later, the Urban Hillbilly Quartet has grown into an award-winning Twin Cities-based ensemble that delivers an eclectic mix of musical styles, blending electric guitar, piano, accordion, bass and drums. On stage, the Hillbillies perform mainly original material--most of which can be found on their eight albums—especially their latest: 2008’s Bring in the Sails.

Their music has been influenced by: Midwest powerhouses The Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo; UK’s Grand Drive; Canada’s Bruce Cockburn; and folk/jazz star David Grisman. UHQ has been compared to R.E.M., The Grateful Dead and The Waterboys.

The core of the band is Erik Brandt (guitar, accordion, piano, lead vocals), Jeremy Szopinski (electric guitar), Dave Strahan (electric guitar, banjo, vocals), Mike Schultz (bass) and Jim Orvis (drums) who have been performing together in the UHQ all over the United States and overseas.

March 13

Kildahl, Vonderharr & Pengra

Kildahl, Vonderharr, and Pengra return to The Grand Friday, December 19th. This trio is high energy playing blues, bluesy jazz, and original tunes. Steve Vonderharr on harmonica, Kit Kildahl on guitar and vocals, and Dave Pengra on bass.

March 14

Bass Brand Brass Band

Currently they consist of 7-8 players; 2-3 trumpets, 2 trombones, saxophone, sousaphone, and drums. The BBBB originally formed in 2004 as a group of college and community musicians interested in playing New Orleans style brass band music (e.g. the Dirty Dozen Brass Band). Gradually, the group began turning to more jazz, pop, and eclectic choices inspired by other bands (Youngblood Brass Band, Jack Brass Band, Mama Digdown's Brass Band, the Seatbelts, Pietasters, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and many others). The group played for many different events including college performances, festivals, recitals, private events, parades, as school guest artists, and others. The group took a brief hiatus from playing as members graduated college. Now, in 2011, the group has reformed with old and new members because the music is just that much fun to play. Come check them out!

March 20

The Atlantis Quartet

Atlantis Quartet has emerged as a leading voice in the twin cities' jazz scene since its inception in 2006. The group features four of Minnesota's most exciting jazz composers and improvisors with saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Pete Hennig. Named Best Jazz Artist in 2011 by the City Pages and 2012 by the Star Tribune, Atlantis Quartet's blend of complexity and accessibility in its compositions has proven a perfect fit for all listeners. The group has released four albums to critical acclaim and toured the US, and recently headlined the opening night of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. JazzTimes Magazine states that the band "shifts nimbly from a punk-jazz aesthetic to an ECM-ish sensitivity. Startlingly original stuff..." while City Pages says "This is a band with a limitless future."

March 21

Tristan Blue with Lehi Gertz

March 27

Sidewalk Cafe

Whether playing to an enthusiastic audience in a packed club or performing to standing ovations in concert halls, Sidewalk Cafe Trio steams up the stage with their Gypsy jazz stylings, performing music by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, as well as their own swinging originals.

“Sidewalk Cafe is a hard-swinging group that plays with bravado and passion that transcends the genre” —Jazz is NOW!

Gary Schulte Violin | Reynold Philipsek Guitar | Jeff Brueske Bass

March 28

Rhonda Laurie & Robert Bell

Rhonda Laurie and Robert Bell return to the Grand. Rhonda Laurie is regularly praised for her smooth vocals and her savvy interpretation of jazz classics. Rhonda got her start in New York singing cabaret style and her style has broadened to include a variety of genres, including gypsy swing and traditional jazz. Robert Bell is a professional guitar player who performs in many groups, including the Twin Cities Hot Club and Café Accordion Orchestra.

"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 2011 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 on November 4, 2008.

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.