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.

May 27

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 you can find out more about them than you really want at

June 3

Acrobelly Jam: A Night of Music & Dance (Ticketed Event)

Acrobellyjam is a collaborative performing arts group that produces inspiring live music and dance productions in the Greater Mankato area. This performance at the Grand Kabaret features "Church of Burlesque", "The North Polers", Ocho & "Satori Violet Belly Dance".

The North Polers are a group of aerial dancers. They have choreographed their way to pole art performances that dazzle and defy gravity around the Mankato region. Co-founder, Betty, has been recognized for her choreography and technique, winning a level 2 silver medal at the Central States Pole Championship in 2014.

Satori Violet Belly Dance Company, as seen at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, has developed a unique choreographic style, which often includes storytelling and borrows from many global dance forms. They also have their own improvisational dance language which leads to a varied performance every time. They can't wait to share what they love the most with you!

Call to Reserve Tickets:


Members: $8.00

Nonmembers: $10.00

June 4

The Fish Heads

The Fish Heads regard their music as bluegrass, but they are definitely not mainstream bluegrass. You will find old rock standards from the Bee Gees and Aerosmith, to Steve Miller and Michael Jackson and folk music from Dylan, to Fred Eaglesmith and Richard Thompson. They have been influenced by bluegrass, rock, folk, blues and Texas swing. These folks are not only fun to listen to, but they provide fun banter on a stage. Listening to Mike and Kim sing their sweet harmonies is a delight to the ears and watching how much they enjoy performing together is part of the whole Fish Heads experience.

The original Fish Heads are Mike Monson and Kim Curtis-Monson, a married musical duo that have been together for more than 20 years. Joining them in the newest venture of the band has been Paul Jones on dobro , pedal steel guitar and banjo. Paul is a seasoned musician who has played with lots of the Nashville biggies. He is a multi-instrumentalist who brings his own brand of music and that "old time country sound" to the band, as well as has a solo CD project out and is a man who shows up on the lots of studio projects of others. Brian Ford on banjo and Jerry ' Bruce' Bernhardt on mandolin still continue to perform from time to time with the band, as well as many other great musicians. Whoever they have joining them on stage you are sure to find it to your liking...they go with the flow these fish.

June 10

You Knew Me When

Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband and wife indie folk-rock pairing with a full band sound. After uprooting from their Nashville home and full-time jobs in June of 2012, Cie and Karisa Hoover set plans to tour the nation for a full year…however, they never stopped. Since that time they have continued to tour full time, creating and serving up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast, as well as releasing their first studio album “You, Me, and the Rest of the World” in late 2012. Many miles and memories later, the duo have released their new album “We Found Roads”. The album is a culmination of mile-markers and moments derived from giving up everything and finding new paths together // now available via, iTunes, and other online retailers.

June 11

Nikki & The Ruemates

With blistering slide solos on resophonic and electric guitars along with the soul of Nikki’s melodious singing, the music of Nikki and the RueMates weaves in and out of different musical eras. Expressing some of America’s great musical past through voice, guitar, and songwriting in their interpretations of classic female blues tunes (by artists such as Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie), 60’s-like electric guitar sounds, and thoughtful, dreamy, sultry, unguarded lyrics. In doing so they have held their spot in an exceptional corner of Minnesota’s musical landscape.

Together Nikki, Rich, Jon, and Jimmy “T” form the current line-up of musicians in Nikki & The RueMates. Jon’s similar background in blues and rock provides the swaying rhythmic foundation needed for both Rich and Nikki’s guitar and vocals when they play as a trio, and drummer Jimmy “T” puts the soul into their blues, delivering rhythms that bounce in and out from all sides when they play as a 4-piece band. In quieter spaces audiences can still find themselves entranced by the wonderful duo of Rich and Nikki’s intertwining dancing guitars, 20’s-style bottleneck slide, and big, beautiful vocals singing songs about such things as apple trees, mail-slots, and mysterious green lights said to appear over the ocean as the evening sun goes down.

June 17

Open Mic Night

Live at the Grand Kabaret this Weekend: 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!

June 18

President Flow

President Flow features dual tenor saxophonists up front: Joe Mayo and Peter Vircks, adept reed squeezers with unique styles, thick data banks and altruistic attitudes. Guitarist Park Evans brings hot isotopic string and alluring electric soundscapes. Bassist Josh Granowski can and may play almost anything, including Minneapolis’s most compelling quarter notes. Rick Nair tries desperately to pull rhythmic marrow from a two-piece drum kit. President Flow’s proprietary colloidal blend smells like midcentury, free jazz, captive funk, Cuban missiles and urban creation mythology.

June 23

New Ulm Film Society Presents

New Ulm Film Society will be screening the narrative drama, Heart of Wilderness, directed by Tristan James Jensen, on Thursday, June 23rd @ 7:00pm at The Grand Center for Arts & Culture.

A trio of adventurous kids spend their summer in Stillwater unearthing a secret. The Unearthing was written and directed by then high school student Tristan James Jensen and has screened at the Duluth Superior Film Festival and then Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival among others.

Doors open at 6:30 and tickets will be $5.

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.

June 24

Ian Kimmel & The Heard

In the music world where, across genres, “many are called but few are chosen’” it’s far from a stretch to opine “beware; there’s little room at the top.” Now, enter young Ian Kimmel who (I’ll put it all on the line, now) is gifted with the all the tools it’s going to take to earn his place rightfully among the chosen few in the small room.

At the age of seven; then, young Ian made his first on-stage performances. At age 11, Ian already was fronting his own band. Starting 2011, Ian’s amalgam of traditional and modern music bluegrass band, Barton’s Hollow, began winning strings of band contests. Ian has since gone on to perform border-to-border, coast-to-coast, and internationally. In 2014, Ian Kimmel walked away with SPBGMA’s coveted Mandolin Player of the Year award. Ian, musically, has shifted from high gear into overdrive. For starters, he’s long since arrived stellar-accomplished on guitar (acoustic and electric), mandolin, and Dobro. Self-accompanied on whichever instrument, Ian’s lead singing (he sings all the parts, too) come naturally. They’re powerful, and, refreshingly, not the least bit self-conscious. Ian, seemingly effortlessly, jumps genres; ranging from folk, to rock, to blues. Currently, Ian is enrolled in East Tennessee State University’s music program. ETSU, essentially, is the four-year degree epicenter where aspiring, capable, goal-driven young musicians go.

June 25

Ace in the Whole

Ace in the Whole plays American music and original tunes that range from bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk and western. Members include Tim Waters on guitar/banjo/pedal steel, Mike Pengra on percussion, Dave Pengra on bass, and Kit Kildahl on guitar/harmonica.

July 21

New Ulm Film Society Presents

New Ulm Film Society will be screening the experimental documentary, Sveit, directed by Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, on Thursday, July 21st @ 7:00pm at The Grand Center for Arts & Culture.

Doors open at 6:30 and tickets are $5.

While unpacking memories and stories of her grandfather's experience as a New American in North Dakota, Kyja documents the history and mythology of her family's emigration while negotiating the reality of present day Iceland. A non-fiction, avant-doc experience that combines animation and experimental technique, Sveit is a geneography of memory and place.

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 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 6:30 and tickets will be $5. Hope to see you there!

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.