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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.