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