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.
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Music begins at 8 pm each Friday and Saturday night.
TC Chantler returns to the Grand Friday, September 5th. The Hanska native plays an acoustic, eclectic mix of music including original music and classic songs.
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
The Mill City Hot Club was started by founding club member and guitarist Dean Harrington. The music is based on the tradition of gypsy jazz, pioneered in the 1920s by the Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stephan Grappelli of the famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France.
This style of jazz was popular through the 1920s-1940s, and has seen a resurgence in the US in recent years. The core instrumentation consist of two acoustic gypsy guitars (Selmer/Maccafarri), upright string bass, and violin; but is not limited to this configuration. Sometimes the group includes other instruments that would be common to the style such as accordion, clarinet, and drums. Although the music and instrumentation is based on the original hot club style, the Mill City Hot Club uses this platform as inspiration for other styles of music including modern jazz, Latin jazz, blues, and more. The band performs with both the original hot club acoustic instrumentation, but also in an electric format similar to the swing/jazz bands of the 1950s-1960s. Depending on the venue, you’ll hear the Mill City Hot Club performing in configurations from a quintet to a duet, with the original acoustic instrumentation or with a more modern electric sound. All of the club members are professional musicians from the twin cities metro area who are regular performing musicians locally and nationally. The variability of club members means the lineup of musicians can change at any particular event. Jazz has always been about the spirit of improvisation and the music is the most exciting when musicians are able to stretch. All of the musicians in Mill City Hot Club are seasoned pros and skilled improvisers.
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.
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.
"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.