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 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.

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Coming To The Grand...

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

August 25

New Ulm Film Society Presents

New Ulm Film Society will be screening the narrative drama, Sweet Land, directed by Ali Selim, on Thursday, August 25th @ 7:00pm at The Grand Center for Arts & Culture. Doors open at 6:30pm. FREE ADMISSION.

In 1920, Inge, a German national, travels from Norway to rural Minnesota for her arranged marriage to Olaf, a Norwegian farmer; bureaucracy and prejudice cause major complications. Shot on location in southern Minnesota, Sweet Land features supporting performances by veteran performers Ned Beatty, Paul Sand, Alan Cumming and Lois Smith.

The New Ulm Film Society is a new organization formed with the goal to create film related events and programs for the community of New Ulm. This screening is part of the Minnesota Filmmakers Series hosted at the Grand from April-August 2016.

August 26

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell! Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night at The Grand Kabaret. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or hankering to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!

August 27

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.

September 9

Reynold Philipsek with Matt Senjem

Reynold D. Philipsek has been a professional musician since he was fourteen years old. He has appeared on nearly fifty recordings either under his own name or in support of other artists. He has toured with jazz singer Connie Evingson and played with French Gypsy Jazz master Dorado Schmitt during his 2005 U.S. tour.

According to the BMI catalog, Reynold has composed 210 songs. He was nominated for a Minnesota Music Award three times between 1994 and 2006. He was also a Guitar Player Magazine nominee in the Jazz Poll six times.

Reynold’s music is strongly influenced by Django Reinhardt but also has strong American post-bop roots where, among his many influences, he counts Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. His albums feature primarily original compositions, though jazz standards are also sometimes essayed.

Reynold’s back catalog of more than 30 titles is available via iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CD Baby, Target and many other outlets. For more information visit or visit Reynold Philipsek’s Wiki page at

September 10


September 16

Kildahl, Vonderharr & Pengra

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.

September 17

Captain Gravitone & The String Theory Orchestra

Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra 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.

September 23

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell! Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night at The Grand Kabaret. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or hankering to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!