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 8:00 pm each Friday and Saturday night.
Jacob John wears a few different hats in the musical world. He has been a bassist adding supporting harmonies in several bands. He has also been the lead vocalist, bassist, and pianist in other groups. Then he found himself doing solo shows playing piano and singing. For the last two years, Jacob John has had the privilege of being the resident pianist for the Bar Harbor Supper Club on Gull Lake near Brainerd, MN.
With many musical interests and influences, Jacob John brings a wide mixture of genres to his performances. Anything from Tom Waits to John Prine, the Beatles to Bob Dylan, he will surprise you with lost gems he likes to "uncover", also blending original compositions in the mix. He currently plays with the groups, American Feedbag and the Reverb Country Dusters.
Three Faces is a Twin Cities jazz trio that features Joe Mayo (tenor saxophone), Michael Gold (bass) and Rick Nair (drums). The group is steeped in mid-20th Century repertoire but stubbornly refuses to be jazz-stodgy, employing numerous Afro-Latin, soul, hip-hop, rock and West Indian modalities wherever and whenever they see fit. All three members are East Coast natives who attended graduate school for music and followed females to the Midwest. Every Three Faces performance is different. Everyone goes home happy.
Kimmel is a familiar name in the Minnesota acoustic music scene. Dick Kimmel has played bluegrass music for decades earning him a 2010 induction into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and a 2008 induction into America’s Old-Time Music and Bluegrass Hall of Fame. In this band configuration, Dick joins with vocalist extraordinaire and long-time Kimmel music partner, Jerilyn Kjellberg, for an exquisite program of traditional acoustic music. As a duo and part of the bluegrass band, Dick Kimmel & Co, Dick and Jerilyn have performed together for more than a decade.
Dick Kimmel with Jerilyn Kjellberg perform traditional bluegrass and folksongs, as well as old-time stringband, and bluegrass gospel music. Jerilyn Kjellberg is featured on guitar and vocals. Dick Kimmel plays mandolin, banjo, guitar and sings. They weave their voices and instrumentation into a blend that is at times poignant, at times exhilarating, and always compelling.
Those of you with good memories may remember Tom Lieberman as the tallest member of the seminal vocal jazz trio Rio Nido... Those of you who are fans of A Prairie Home Companion may remember him as a guitarist, singer, & the voice of El Muchacho Allegre (Happy Boy) Ajua-brand Hot Sauce... Those of you who have (or are) children, may have heard his original songs being sung on Sesame Street.... And, those of you who enjoy movies may have heard Tom's original songs on the soundtrack to the breakout independent film, Sweet Land.a
In recent years, Tom has returned to the performance stage as a solo and collaborative musical artist, and the creator of Ukulele Alley, starring everyone’s favorite talking ukulele, Luke the Uke. His 2013 recording of original songs, Common Denominator, has received enthusiastic reviews from listeners, press and broadcasters worldwide, with the The Minneapolis StarTribune placing it on their list of the year’s Top 10 recordings, and reviewers describing it as, “gentle, romantic, playful & infectious…” and “…bluesy, simmering, profoundly philosophical…”
Tom will be bringing his trio (Bill Grenke on upright and Bruce Wintervold on drums & vibraphone) to the Grand Kabaret for an evening of originals, chestnuts and roots, served right.
The Lost Walleye Orchestra returns to the Grand. 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 goodtime, classic rock, americana, blues, folk and bluegrass. Members include Billy Steiner, Ron Arsenault, Dale Haefner and Dave Pengra.
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.
Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra plays Americana Folk Rock, infused with Tango and Jazz. Motifs found in the groups compositions include the group's superhero, Captain Gravitone, tangos in big box stores, leather clad women, beat poets, the circus, philosophy majors and parallel universes. The sound is fun, thought provoking, sometimes moody, with a sense of humor reminiscent of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Bela Fleck. The Gravitone sound is plump with instrumental jams and moving vocals, navigating between Irish drinking songs, Jazz ballads, and catchy Rock tunes. The Mankato-based group features Eli Hoehn on banjo and vocals, Wayne Schmidt and Jason Helder on guitars and vocals, Damen Price on drums, and vocalist Kelly Kroeker. The group is the resident house-band for the Cabaret Le Ruse theatre group and has performed with some of Minnesota's finest musicians including Papa John Kolstad, Tom Lieberman, Steve Kaul, Bill Grenke, Scott Fultz, Ron Arsenault, Dave Pengra, Wendy Soleil, and Karen Kozak, among many others. The group is currently working on a full length cd to be released sometime in 2015.
Betty and Ocho return to the Grand May 22! 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.
Stacy K is a talent on the Minnesota Music scene who comes from the small town of Sleepy Eye! Angelic in looks and tone her voice is disarmingly mature. She blends, like all good songwriters, a keen eye of observation, elements of her own experiences and a very vivid imagination! She's a story writer traveling down dusty roads capturing images of a life lived hard, yet relatable to most of us. She has an old soul that came out of the 60s and 70s. Think Fleetwood Mac, Bread - even Miss Dolly Parton. Stacy does a great rendition of Jolene! Stacy lives and performs in the Minneapolis area. She also teaches piano, guitar and voice. A former Johnny Holm Band performer, she now writes her own originals.
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.
Lavender Town paints a small, lovely town with color. Expressing a variety of rock, country, covers, originals, and indie music. Local musicians with unique styles come together to share their stories, inspirations, and love for music. Come join us at the Grand Kabaret for a night of surprises, laughter, community, and fun. Kelsey Jae on vocals and guitar. Wade Crooker on piano, vocals, and guitar. Terry Zinniel on cajon and Brady Hagen on lead guitar. Life is your canvas, paint it with color.
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 with Burnie, the two of them laying down a regular roadmap. Kit Kildahl sings and plays guitar and occasional harp. Kit has known Mic and Burnie 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".
With well-crafted and creative originals and some fun covers, Northern Darling has been described as a pure as honey, hipster version of Billie Holiday. Liz Davis’ vocals are complemented by the unique sound of Trent Jacob playing an amplified bassoon, James Mouritsen, guitar; Jeff Sugerman, upright bass; and Adam Mickelson on drums.
You Knew Me When are a husband and wife duo from Nashville, TN, amidst an ongoing tour throughout the USA promoting their collective indie folk-rock sound and sophomore album "You, Me, and the Rest of the World". While living a true troubadour lifestyle, the two continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast. Find out more at www.youknewmewhen.com, www.facebook.com/youknewmewhen, and www.twitter.com/youknewmewhen.
Tickets: $8/members, $12/non-members
Will Bauermeister brings a performance of songs and stories for all ages that include an appreciation for humor and an admiration of unforgettable moments. An acoustic singer- songwriter, Will performs in the Modern Folk genre and includes influences from the 70s, 80s, 90s. and the millennium. Those who have been a part of Will's audience return to participate again and again as he often travels around the country to bring music wherever it is welcome.
The Frye returns to the Grand! They are a little acoustic duo with a big sound, a songwriting team that draws on 1970s pop, rock and country for inspiration. The Frye merges original material with great covers for unforgettable nights. Members include Joe Tougas and Ann Fee.
"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.