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 7:30 pm each Friday and Saturday night.
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.
Mr. Lee Weber will be performing at the Grand Kabaret with a special guest appearance by a duo called Ghost Notes. Mr. Weber, from Mason City, Iowa plays American finger style guitar. Ghost Notes plays traditional Scottish and Irish music along with old time and novelty tunes. Their members include Bettie Swarts on fiddle and Dane Pease on guitar.
The New Riverside Ramblers Cajun Trio brings high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana up the Mississippi River to the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area. The band’s compelling version of Cajun French music blends many influences from different south Louisiana communities, and includes two-steps, waltzes and blues.
The members of the band have been immersed in Cajun music for many years. They have studied and performed with Cajun music greats such as Dewey Balfa, Tracy Schwarz, Steve Riley, Marc & Ann Savoy, DL Menard, Eddie LeJeune, Calvin Carriere, Lionel Leleux, and others.
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 "
Ace in the Whole returns to the Grand! 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 from the Minnesota Barking Ducks on guitar/harmonica.
Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Featuring lively originals and unique covers of songs that she calls “pub gospel,” Mother Banjo is an engaging live performer who weaves humorous stories with fun covers and her own original material.
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.
Kimmel is a familiar name in the Minnesota acoustic music scene. Dick Kimmel has played bluegrass music for decades earning him a 2010 induction into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and a 2008 induction into America’s Old-Time Music and Bluegrass Hall of Fame. In this band configuration, Dick joins with vocalist extraordinaire and long-time Kimmel music partner, Jerilyn Kjellberg, for an exquisite program of traditional acoustic music. As a duo and part of the bluegrass band, Dick Kimmel & Co, Dick and Jerilyn have performed together for more than a decade.
Dick Kimmel with Jerilyn Kjellberg perform traditional bluegrass and folksongs, as well as old-time stringband, and bluegrass gospel music. Jerilyn Kjellberg is featured on guitar and vocals. Dick Kimmel plays mandolin, banjo, guitar and sings. They weave their voices and instrumentation into a blend that is at times poignant, at times exhilarating, and always compelling.
The Lost Walleye Orchestra returns to the Grand. 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, folk and bluegrass. Members include Billy Steiner, Ron Arsenault, Dale Haefner and Dave Pengra.
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. You can find out more about them at www.thedivers.com.
Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra plays Americana Folk Rock, infused with Tango and Jazz. Motifs found in the groups compositions include the group's superhero, Captain Gravitone, tangos in big box stores, leather clad women, beat poets, the circus, philosophy majors and parallel universes. The sound is fun, thought provoking, sometimes moody, with a sense of humor reminiscent of Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Bela Fleck. The Gravitone sound is plump with instrumental jams and moving vocals, navigating between Irish drinking songs, Jazz ballads, and catchy Rock tunes. The Mankato-based group features Eli Hoehn on banjo and vocals, Wayne Schmidt and Jason Helder on guitars and vocals, Damen Price on drums, and vocalist Kelly Kroeker. The group is the resident house-band for the Cabaret Le Ruse theatre group and has performed with some of Minnesota's finest musicians including Papa John Kolstad, Tom Lieberman, Steve Kaul, Bill Grenke, Scott Fultz, Ron Arsenault, Dave Pengra, Wendy Soleil, and Karen Kozak, among many others. The group is currently working on a full length cd to be released sometime in 2015.
Betty and Ocho return to the Grand May 22! 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.
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".
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 Jacob playing an amplified bassoon, James Mouritsen, guitar; Jeff Sugerman, upright bass; and Adam Mickelson on drums.
You Knew Me When are a husband and wife duo from Nashville, TN, amidst an ongoing tour throughout the USA promoting their collective indie folk-rock sound and sophomore album "You, Me, and the Rest of the World". While living a true troubadour lifestyle, the two continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast. Find out more at www.youknewmewhen.com, www.facebook.com/youknewmewhen, and www.twitter.com/youknewmewhen.
Tickets: $8/members, $12/non-members
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.
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. The Frye merges original material with great covers for unforgettable nights. Members include Joe Tougas and Ann Fee.
"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.