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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Music begins at 8 pm each Friday and Saturday night.

August 22

The Divers

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 and

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August 23

Dave Pengra and Kit Kildahl

Dave and Kit have played together for over 30 years in various groups, including the Ace in the Whole Band and City Mouse. Together, their music ranges from roots and Americana, to blues to swing and original numbers. Dave is a sought after anchor for many bands due to his solid bass and great vocals. Kit plays harp and guitar, sings and writes much of the original music.

August 29

Poor Nobodys

The Poor Nobodys are a seven-piece band from Minneapolis, USA. They have been making collective, collaborative music built on vivid extremes since 2008. The music is very cinematic, orchestrated with cello, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals. In addition to three studio albums, they also write and perform live original scores for film and theater projects. The Poor Nobodys will be touring Europe to celebrate their newest vinyl album, not yet released in the States.
August 30

Ethan Keller

Ethan Keller is a singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was voted Best Solo Artist in the 2011 Milwaukee Music Awards, and Best Pop Artist in the 2011 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards.

The founder and former front man of the eclectic funk-rock outfit, Greenscene (voted Best Rock Band in Jim Beam’s 2001 National Band Search), Ethan has always been known for originality, diversity, and depth. Musically and professionally, Keller wears many hats. He has been promoting and performing since 1993, made appearances at prestigious venues and showcases in over 30 states, and has sold over 10,000 records.

September 5

Erik Koskinen and Barbara Jean

Erik Koskinen’s America Theatre is a translucent eulogy to the genuine. Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. From the tender opener, “First Time in Years” to the defiant “Six Pack of Beer” to “Boomtown,” a track that flays the history of the west’s settlement from bedrock to fracking with a locomotive's force of barbwire guitars, marching bass and cracking drums, Koskinen moves the listener through a landscape of personal and social struggles, as well as small triumphs, of our nation and its people. Ending on the quiet heartbreaker and breath taker, “Slow Burn,” Koskinen’s album is a lyrical and musical metaphor of American’s theaters of war, of history, of relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor. Koskinen joins the ranks of chief musicians and sharp wordsmiths.

Since moving to Minneapolis eight years ago, Koskinen has amassed a following as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. With experience stemming from years of traveling north to south and coast to coast, Koskinen taps those adventures and encounters in his second album, the follow-up to the acclaimed Keep It to Yourself.

Barbara Jean grew up immersed in a world of music and sound, honing her early gift for the violin and a musical legacy passed from grandmother to mother to daughter, into a sharp eye for songwriting and a skilled hand as a multi-instrumentalist. Calling the rugged grandeur of Lake Superior's North Shore home for the last several years, she has developed her craft through constant live performance sharing bills with notable acts such as Trampled By Turtles, Leon Russell, Ben Nichols, Eilen Jewell, The Pines, Low, Jonathan Edwards, Martha Scanlan, Meg Hutchinson and more.

September 6

Doc Merlot and Marv Topp

Ed (Doc Merlot) Thorpe hails from St. Paul, MN and has been playing jazz and pop organ and piano for over fifty years. Doc wrote, recorded, and made Billboard with his first tunes when he was seventeen years old. He was also awarded a scholarship to Berkeley School of Music in Boston. Doc has toured extensively throughout his career and backed up Al Jarreau, Sherwin Linton, Buddy Holly, The Platters, Sonny Bryant, LeRoy Van Dyke, and many more. His unique style incorporates a pronounced bass line.

Marv Topp is a percussionist who plays with several area bands. Marv regularly plays with the Mary Guentzel Quintet, Cedar Paddle Folk Band, The Echos Big Band, and works with pianist Ed (Doc) Thorpe as a jazz duo. He also supports a variety of vocalists. Marv has worked regularly with Sonny Bryant, The Jim Lawrence Orchestra, The Platters, The Moon Lighters Dance Band, and others as a session musician. Marv has a light touch, using brushes much of the time, but can also play with great intensity. He also uses Latin percussion such as Congas and Bongos.

"We play jazz standards in Traditional and Latin styles. Hot Lounge Music from the early 60's era I like to call it."-Marv

September 12

Dick Kimmel and Company

Veteran performer and triple hall-of-famer, Dick Kimmel, takes center stage with this 5-piece bluegrass ensemble from New Ulm, Minnesota. 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. The band features singer/songwriter/guitarist - Tony Rook, ace banjo man – Graham Sones, upright bassist – Terry Johnson, and Dick’s 17-year-old phenom son, Ian Kimmel, playing dobro, guitar, and mandolin. Ian was named SPBGMA’s Mandolin Player of the Year for 2014. Ian likes to point out that his dad, ‘just got a SPBGMA nomination for entertainer of the year.’ All the band members sing utilizing duo, trio, and quartet harmonies. Dick plays mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and guitar and has released more than 2-dozen bluegrass recordings. Dick’s &-Co bands have entertained throughout North America and Europe.
September 13

Mill City Hot Club

September 19

Working with a Net

September 20

Poor Benny

Returning to The Grand, Poor Benny will perform Saturday, September 20th. Experienced festival performers and dance musicians (and dancers as well) Dave, Clayton and Corey play the classic chestnuts of the old-time repertoire. We pull back the veil to reveal obscure and rarely heard tunes as well. Hard-driving fiddle, ballads, morality and mortality tales, funny songs and humorous ones too. And… the flying feet of Clayton Schanilec add to the fun.
September 26

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.

September 27

Urban Hillbilly quartet

November 8

Holly Schlingmann

Holly Schlingmann is a very talented young singer who is quickly gaining in popularity. Holly covers songs in the style of Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Melody Gardot, Pink, Rhianna, KT Tunstall, Etta James, Patsy Cline and others. Holly is accompanied by pianist Doc Merlot and drummer Marv Topp. If you haven’t heard Holly sing yet, you owe it to yourself to spend an evening with her and the band.

"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.