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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Coming To The Grand...

Music begins at 8 pm each Friday and Saturday night.

October 3

Bob Bovee and Pop Wagner

Bob is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle Herman. He can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica and plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor.

Pop has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy. He appeared quite frequently on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion during the show's formative years and for the last four decades he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and 10 countries in schools, colleges, folk clubs, festivals, rodeos, picnics, concert halls, and on radio and television and in the movies .... well, all right, one movie! He has a dozen recordings to his credit as well as two guitar instructional books and two videos.

Bob and Pop’s cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and their old time fiddle tunes set toes a-tappin' while serving up spellbinding rope tricks and tall stories -- all with a good dose of friendly humor.

October 4

Betty and Ocho

Betty and Ocho return to the Grand October 4th! 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.
October 10

Andriana Lehr

Saint Paul based singer/songwriter Andriana Lehr has been playing locally, albeit sparingly for the last 8 years. Lehr relocated to the Twin Cities from South Dakota in 2004 to study voice at the University of Minnesota School of Music. A self-proclaimed “opera school drop-out,” she has spent subsequent years working, learning, and soul-searching only to come back around to pursuing music as a primary vocation. After spending much of 2013 focusing solely on music, Lehr’s musicianship and vocal prowess have blossomed, and her live performances are filled with grit, honesty, and an impressive, informed vocal range and sensitivity.

After 3 years in the making, Lehr released her debut album, “Try to be True” in October of 2013. A learning process all of its own, the record showcases gems such as “Lost the Map,” “Wish You Well,” and title track, “Try to be True.”

Aside from her solo project, Lehr also plays keys with local power-pop band, The Usual Things, and has formed an eclectic jazz duo (a. joy) with local guitarist, Robert Bell.

October 11

Little Prairie Pickers

The Little Prairie Pickers return to the Grand on Saturday, October 11th. This four-piece band performs folk, classic country, alternative bluegrass, and traditional bluegrass all over the state. Members include Ross Deopere, Danielle Deopere, Laura Karels, Jason Schroeder, and Angie Becker Kudelka of New Ulm.
October 17

The Frye

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.
October 18

Reynold Philipsek with Matt Senjem

Reynold D. Philipsek has been a professional musician since he was fourteen years old. He has appeared on nearly fifty recordings either under his own name or in support of other artists. He has toured with jazz singer Connie Evingson and played with French Gypsy Jazz master Dorado Schmitt during his 2005 U.S. tour.

According to the BMI catalog, Reynold has composed 210 songs. He was nominated for a Minnesota Music Award three times between 1994 and 2006. He was also a Guitar Player Magazine nominee in the Jazz Poll six times.

Reynold’s music is strongly influenced by Django Reinhardt but also has strong American post-bop roots where, among his many influences, he counts Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. His albums feature primarily original compositions, though jazz standards are also sometimes essayed.

Reynold’s back catalog of more than 30 titles is available via iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CD Baby, Target and many other outlets. For more information visit www.reynold.com or visit Reynold Philipsek’s Wiki page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynold_Philipsek.

October 24

The Atlantis Quartet

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."
October 25

Jazz with Ross and Pete Featuring Megan Pavot

Ross Anderson (tenor sax, clarinet) and Pete Lothringer (guitar) began playing together in 2004. They both live in Marshall, MN where they are active in the local music scene as educators and performers. “Jazz with Ross and Pete” has performed at small clubs, coffee houses, and numerous corporate events throughout the region. They play a wide variety of jazz standards. Find them online at rossandersonjazz.com.

Ross and Pete are joined by Twin Cities singer and frequent collaborator Megan Pavot. She sings with a variety of different band and has performed everything from country rock to musical theater. They are delighted to be back at the Grand!

October 31

Will Bauermeister

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.

November 1

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.
November 7

Three Faces

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.
November 8

Mary Guentzel & Amy Scruggs with Doc Merlot & Marv Topp

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!

November 14

TBA

November 15

Andrea Lyn

November 21

Patty and The Buttons

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.

November 22

Cabaret La Ruse

Ticketed Event at The Grand!!

Cabaret La Ruse

Friday, November 21st @ 7:30 PM

Tickets available at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce or the Grand. Call 507-359-9222

$8/Members, $12/Non-Members

November 28

Cafe Au Lait

Come hoot and holler for traditional German, Irish, Romanian, and Russian folk music with an energetic flair. Dance sensuously to an assortment of tangos. Marvel at what an accordion and a few strings can do with traditional jazz and showtunes. Featuring New Ulm locals Ben Marti on Accordion and Lehi Gertz on Violin. From Mozart to Django Reinhardt to Ricky Skaggs, you never know what you might hear from Cafe Au Lait!
November 29

Church of Cash

The Church of Cash is the Midwest’s best Johnny Cash Tribute show performing a multitude of hits spanning Johnny’s entire career!

Whether you are an ‘ol timer that grew up listening to Mr. Cash in your tractor or a young soldier driving your tank across the deserts of the Middle East with the Man in Black in your headphones, the Church of Cash will bring his music, with style and energy to fans everywhere.

What the Church of Church has that no one else can match is their loyalty to the song and the message that Johnny left to all of us. The band merely keeps this word alive with a youthful spirit that has entertained audiences completely.

December 5

The Lost Walleye Orchestra

Friday, December 5th @ 7:30 PM, The Lost Walleye Orchestra will play at the Grand Kabaret! 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 and folk. Members include Billy Steiner, Ron Arsenault, Dale Haefner, and Dave Pengra.
December 6

Dick Kimmel and Adam Granger

Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Recipient Dick Kimmel and former Prairie Home companion studio musician Adam Granger will perform on Saturday, December 6th @ 7:30 PM. Dick Kimmel and Adam Granger have collaborated for duo performances since the 1980's performing throughout the United States and Europe. When these two musicians take to the stage together, magical moments happen as the duo weaves through a program that includes hot picking (on guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo) and exceptional singing on a thoughtful selection songs. On stage, Dick Kimmel & Adam Granger feature a variety of traditional bluegrass music, old-time tunes, original songs and instrumentals, and 'off-the-wall' numbers.
December 12

Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra

Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra plays Americana Folk Rock, infused with Tango and Jazz, one of the many great, new bands coming from Minnesota. The group's superhero, Captain Gravitone, tangos in big box stores, beautiful women clad in leather, beat poets, elephants, philosophy majors, the circus and parallel universes come to life in the group's compositions. The sound is fun, sometimes moody, with a distinct sense of humor reminiscent of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Bela Fleck. The group features Eli Hoehn on banjo, Wayne Schmidt on the electric guitar, Corban Noah on electric bass, Damen Price on drums and a host of other musicians that lend their talents to the group on an occasional basis including vocalist Kelly Quinn, violinist Karen Kozak, guitarist/vocalist Mark Bishofsky, guitarist/vocalist Jason Helder, percussionist Daryn Christensen, and bassist Bill Grenke.
December 13

Javier and the Innocent Sons

Javier & the Innocent Sons: This potent quartet from Minneapolis plays timeless barrel-house roots music that is projected from the contemporary perspective of songwriter Javier Matos. Javier grew up listening to the early blues patriarchs on his father’s record player with his ears glued to the speakers. This music struck him to the core, and Blues has been his passion ever since. After a 20 year career took him from coast to coast, he settled in Minneapolis and formed The Innocent Sons.They are Grant Wibben on upright bass and Twin Cities music veterans Dan Schwalbe and Dave Larson on guitar and drums respectively. In 2010 they released their first record, titled “Lost in Loretto "

"Every so often a guitar player comes out of nowhere to knock you off your feet... Javier Matos is such a player. He can play bottleneck slide blues like he was born with a National guitar in his hands. He has a confident solid vocal talent to boot, packing a solid punch behind his fierce guitar attack." Tim Sheridan~All music guide

"In a time when blues is defined by a boring tendency for slick or overzealous distortion, Matos isn't afraid to keep it real and make it bleed." Ian Power~MN Daily

"Clear, powerful, soulful, mature, menacing, uproarious and infernal" James Norton~ Heavytable.com

December 19

Kildahl, Vonderhaar and Pengra

Kildahl, Vonderhaar, 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.

December 20

James Warren

James Warren is a singer songwriter based out of central MN performing an eclectic blend of Americana, Blues and Folk with both covers and original material. In 2012 James released a debut alternative rock album, available on iTunes. Nominated as the best original artist in central MN 3 years in a row by the St. Cloud Times, you'll find James touring throughout Minnesota and the mid-west sharing the stage with acts such as Martin Zellar and the Gear Daddies or even All 4 One. Currently James Warren is working on his next EP in California with writer/producer/performer Chris Unck (Lisa Loeb, Butch Walker & the Black Widows). This EP will be featuring the folk and alt country side of this already favored local artist, James Warren.

"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.