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 pm each Friday and Saturday night.
Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and “Magic” Deb Klossner are a husband and wife guitar and bass musical team from Chippewa Falls, WI. The couple has performed throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota since 1987 in their rock blues band, Blue Max. Their acoustic duo takes a wide variety of musical influences and creates something that's completely their own.
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.
A New Year's Eve Celebration!
The Bockfest Boys perform a raucous show of upper mid-west style music which includes a number of original compositions as well as popular music from the past 50 years and beyond. Arrangements include overtones of country, rock and roll, ethnic polka, folk, blues and bluegrass all combined into a Minnesota hotdish that is piping hot out of the oven. Their unique style and contagious audience engagement makes for one truly fun filled experience every single time they perform. Vocals, Trombone, Trumpets, Baritone, Lead, Rhythm, and Bass Guitars, Concertinas, Button Accordion, Keyboards and Percussion are their tools of the trade. Band members include Anton “Tony” Berg, Scott Sparlin, Randy Domeier, Allan “Smiley” Wiltscheck, Bob Beusmann, Jeff Braegelmann and Steve Moran. Expect anything!
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 Jacobs playing an amplified bassoon, James Mouritsen, guitar; Jeff Sugerman, upright bass; and Adam Mickelson on drums.
The band launched in June, 2013 with a self-titled EP of original songs and is excited to be making their first appearance at The Grand Kabaret.
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. Fish Frye merges original material with great covers for unforgettable nights. Members include Joe Tougas and Ann Fee.
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".
Betty and Ocho return to the Grand January 16th! 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.
"Taste and understatement. Swing and savoir-faire. Grace and grooves. Intimacy and panache. Singer Charmin Michelle delivers all of the above and more."
This is what the Minneapolis Star/Tribune had to say about this charismatic chanteuse whose conversational style recalls the late Billie Holiday and other legendary ladies of jazz. And, yet, her music is free of tiresome camp and easy nostalgia. She's a savvy songstress and, while putting her own imprint on a melody, is always respectful of those who first inhabited it.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Charmin moved to Minnesota while still a child and has called it home ever since. Though based in Minneapolis, she is no stranger to life on the road and began touring internationally in 1986. She has performed at jazz festivals throughout Europe with pianists Mulgrew Miller and Kirk Lightsey, and saxophonists Harry Allen and Grant Stewart, among others. The late Brother Jack McDuff, one of her biggest fans, was instrumental in launching her career abroad. He said, "She's really different. I call her 'Chow Mein.' With her trio, less is more. And they're right in the pocket."
On her last tour to Spain, she recorded with the aforementioned Allen and Stewart, as well as saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and Barcelonan musicians Ignasi Terraza, and the Toni Sola Quartet.
Her four acclaimed CDs---Your Eyes, Destination Moon, Hot, and Pure Imagination---have received glowing reviews and are available at performances, retailers, and online at www.charmsongs.com.
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. www.dickkimmel.com
Saturday, January 24th, Mankato’s own Organic Cowboys will perform at the Grand. The Organic Cowboys play an array of folk, country and rock music. Members include Dave Ross, Dennis Splinter, Dean Bixenman, Jason Helder, and Tony Helder.
The Winos have been playing there own distinctive brand of blues. There energetic, soulful, live performances has captivated their audiences all over the Midwest. It's Blues with An Attitude.
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.
"Have a nice dinner, see a show -- no date required!"
Tired of the same old Valentine's day dinner -- the crowds, the cost, the public displays of affection! Then come to Mankato Mosaic Theatre Company's anti-Valentine's show, "Love Stinks." Make it a girls' night out, bring a lover or a friend - or come by yourself. You'll have a fun night with skits, short plays, bummer love poetry, serenades, a fine dinner and lots of laughs.
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.
Tickets available at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce or the Grand. Limited number of tickets available at the door starting at 7:30 PM. Call 507-359-9222
$8/GCAC Members, $12/Non-Members
Patty and The Buttons preaches the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty's eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930's Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty, mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as "Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee." More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves... Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.
Patty and The Buttons formed in the fall of 2008 when accordionist/vocalist Patrick "Patty" Harison returned to his midwestern home. Having been raised in the Minneapolis music scene, he knew just the guys to call. For the past 3 years, Patty had been traveling extensively with Loose Marbles and Panorama Jazz Band out of New Orleans, LA. With Panorama Jazz Band he appeared at many notable festivals including The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Veracruz International Jazz Festival and others. The Loose Marbles have been all over the world and back playing street corners, theaters, festivals, plantations, parks, squats, caravans, riverboats, ferries and various other locales. He also spent a year in New York studying and playing with some of the worlds finest musicians. While in NYC, he also founded the Baby Soda Jazz Band which features some off the finest young "hot" jazz players in the world.
Band Members include Patrick "Patty" Harison on Accordion/Vocals, Keith Boyles on Upright Bass, Tony Balluff on Clarinet, and Mark Kreitzer on Guitar.
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.
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.
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.