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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Music begins at 8 pm each Friday and Saturday night.

April 25


Erik Koskinen’s America Theatre is a translucent eulogy to the genuine. Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. From the tender opener, “First Time in Years” to the defiant “Six Pack of Beer” to “Boomtown,” a track that flays the history of the west’s settlement from bedrock to fracking with a locomotive's force of barbwire guitars, marching bass and cracking drums, Koskinen moves the listener through a landscape of personal and social struggles, as well as small triumphs, of our nation and its people. Ending on the quiet heartbreaker and breath taker, “Slow Burn,” Koskinen’s album is a lyrical and musical metaphor of American’s theaters of war, of history, of relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor. Koskinen joins the ranks of chief musicians and sharp wordsmiths.

Since moving to Minneapolis eight years ago, Koskinen has amassed a following as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. With experience stemming from years of traveling north to south and coast to coast, Koskinen taps those adventures and encounters in his second album, the follow-up to the acclaimedKeep It to Yourself.

April 26


On Saturday, April 26th Betty and Ocho return to the Grand. 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 plays guitar and sings.

May 2


Kildahl, Vonderharr & Pengra, Working Without a Net, return to the Grand. 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.

May 3


Timbre Junction has been together for about twelve years now and we have been working hard to develop our own unique sound. For us this has meant becoming familiar with each members own style both personal and musical, on stage and off. The group consists of four members: Mike Regouski on banjo and dobro, Stan Chew on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Amy Ferman on fiddle and vocals, and Karen Radford on upright bass and vocals. Although the instrumentation is bluegrass, we like to mix it up with a variety of bluegrass, old time, classic country, and folk.

Introducing The Group:

Mike’s banjo gives the group its definitive bluegrass sound. He is a self-taught Scrugg’s style banjo player and he really has a passion to play.

Amy has been playing music for nearly thirty years and in addition to fiddle, she plays banjo, guitar and bass. Amy’s lead vocals and harmony singing are a great addition to the group.

Stan is the newest member of the group and is a great addition both instrumentally and vocally.Stan’s relaxed and fun approach to making music reflects Timbre Junction’s style and his contributions range from bluegrass to folk, blues and western swing.

Even though Karen’s bass holds the beat of the music, it is the singing that she really enjoys.

The variety of music the group plays allows her to try on many different vocal styles from country crooning to driving bluegrass to the cowboy yodel.

What is really great about Timbre Junction is our enthusiasm for making music. When we get together to play, you can really feel the energy in each song. We thoroughly enjoy the music we make together and we hope you will too.

May 9

HARPER’S CHORD - Ticketed Event

Tickets are $8 for Members/ $12 for Non-members

Tickets available at the New Ulm Chamber or call 507-359-9222

What sprouted as an idea for a simple recording project, has blossomed into what audiences have come to love as “Harper’s Chord”. This Central Minnesota trio brings “crowd-pleasing harmonies” and an “undeniable chemistry” to every performance. Following the release of their first, full-length CD, “Natural Bridge”, the group’s lead singer Jill Moore, together with veteran performers, Paul Drinkwine and Roger Fink bring their seasoned and diverse talents to the stage, performing a delightful collection of folk, country and blues, including many originals. In addition to receiving local radio air-play, Harper’s Chord has enjoyed rave reviews in the St. Cloud Times, the Alexandria Echo Press and the Morrison County Record.

May 10

Bayou Grenouille

Bayou Grenouille Cajun Dance Band

(by-you gren-wee’)

Bayou Grenouille (or Frog Slough if you’re from the upper end of the Mississippi like they are) plays the traditional Cajun dance music of rural SW Louisiana. Following in the footsteps of groups such as the Balfa Brothers, this all acoustic band consists of two fiddles, rhythm guitar, bass and percussion. Most of the singing is in Cajun French.

Maureen Mullen (guitar and vocals) brings to the band years of playing with the award winning Bone Tones Cajun Dance Band and The Buffalo Gals. She has taught Cajun dance nationally since 1986. Betsy Neil (fiddle

and vocals) has been performing since 1976 in various and numerous groups, including The Buffalo Gals and Rusty Swing Set. Matt Neil (fiddle) was a member of The Mill City Grinders and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers’ Band. He occasionally plays at the Monday Night Square Dance in Minneapolis. Ted Klotz, aka Steady Teddy (percussion), has years of experience playing Louisiana music with the Bone Tones, Swamp Sextet, and Faux Playboys, and now with Mr. Rowles. Gary Powell (accordion, fiddle and vocals) is a veteran of Cajun Music having played for many years, including with the Bone Tones and Faux Playboys. Adam Kiesling plays bass nationally with Pert Near Sandstone and with Corpse Reviver in the Twin Cities area.

Together these musicians blend the haunting melodies and powerful rhythms of Cajun two-steps and waltzes and will transport you down the Mississippi River to the bayous of Louisiana.

May 16


Jumbo Ya Ya means Big Fun! They play Zydeco, blues and swamp pop the music that was born and raised in and around the Mississippi River and Delta. The idea behind the band's repertoire was to play the kind of music one would have heard at a high-school prom in Louisiana or Mississippi in the early 60's. This would include groove-heavy covers of such legends as Clifton Chenier, Muddy Waters, Cookie and the Cupcakes, Howlin' Wolf, Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow, Boozoo Chavis, and Professor Longhair, too name only a few.

Jumbo Ya Ya's members combine years of experience playing wide ranging styles like Zydeco, Cajun, Country Swing, Blues, Ska, Jazz, and Ragtime to bring fresh life to traditional dance numbers as well as performing exciting originals. Formed in January of 1991, Jumbo Ya Ya has received rave reviews from listeners, dancers and promoters ever since. The Group reels and shuffles its way through Cajun stomps, bluesy Zydeco, Texas Swing, New Orleans 2nd Line and on occasional Tex Mex Polka, or Cumbia, always eager to keep their audience on the dance floor. With all this big fun, their message always comes through loud and clear, "Everybody Dance!"

May 17


Combining contemporary covers and originals with traditional Irish folk, Tristan Blue's whiskey soaked lyrics cut to the heart and tell the tale of a young man making his way through the world.

May 23


City Mouse plays at the Grand, performing their unique Americana blend of blues, folk, country, rock, bluegrass and a capella vocals. City Mouse was featured on National Public Radio's popular program, Whad'Ya Know?, hosted by Michael Feldman, and they've also performed several times on Minnesota Public Radio's now legendary "The Morning Show." Known for outstanding vocals, City Mouse has sung the National Anthem at several Minnesota Timberwolves basketball games. Every member of City Mouse has been a finalist for, or received a Minnesota Music Award in various individual and group categories. City Mouse was inducted into the Mid America Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and group founder Billy Steiner was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2004. City Mouse won the Mankato Free Press Readers Choice Award for favorite music group in 2008 and in 2012. The Star Tribune wrote of St. Peter's Rock Bend Folk Festival, "...the festival's secret weapon, Mankato-based City Mouse, a dizzyingly ecletic combo that veers from blues to swing to gospel to country."

May 24


May 30


TC Chantler returns to the Grand Friday, May 30th. The Hanska native plays an acoustic, eclectic mix of music including original music and classic songs.
May 31


Tom Brown (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Zach Benson (drums, guitar, vocals), and Jay Honsey (Bass) have been entertaining audiences with a mix of eclectic and familiar rockabilly and old time country music as the Tombstone Trio since 2009. Rising up from the ashes of the Gin Daddies, voted best Mankato band in 2008. Their high energy stage show encourages even the most stalwart wallflower to get out on the dance floor and shake their moneymaker. I’m sure you too will not be able to resist shaking it to the hip tones these fine young lads produce

June 6


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.

June 7


Good Night, Gold Dust is an atmospheric indie trio from Mankato. Their latest release, COME DOWN (Sept 2013), finds the band expanding upon the spacey folk rock displayed on 2012's TOWARDS THE SUN. COME DOWN incorporates synthesizers, minimal percussion, layers of guitar, piano, and harmony, offering a taste of things to come from GNGD.

June 13

ALAN MUNDE TRIO - Ticketed Event

Tickets are $8 for Members/ $12 for Non-members

Tickets available at the New Ulm Chamber or call 507-359-9222

Alan Munde is long regarded as one of the world's foremost 5-string banjo players. His early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard's Almanac and his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys set the stage for his long and productive career in bluegrass music. He anchored the landmark band, Country Gazette, for more than 20 years and contributed to numerous instrumental recordings, including the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year – Alan Munde- Knee Deep in Bluegrass (Rebel Records). The Alan Munde Trio includes two of Minnesota’s top bluegrass musicians: flatpick guitar guru and Prairie Home Companion alumnus, Adam Granger, and Triple Music Hall of Famer and traditional mandolin legend, Dick Kimmel.

June 14


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.

June 20


The Bockfest Boys return to the Grand. The Bockfest Boys perform a raucous show of upper mid-west style music that includes country, rock, polka, folk, blues, bluegrass and original compositions. Expect a fun filled experience. Members include Anton “Tony” Berg, Scott Sparlin, Randy Domeier, Allan “Smiley” Wiltscheck, Mayor Bob Beusmann and Steve Moran.
June 21


June 27


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.
June 28


Dan and Bettie both started playing music quite young, Bettie with her family string band in northern Illinois, and Dan in high school, first on drums and then, with the inspiration of such diverse heroes as Roy Rogers, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly, devoting his musical life to the guitar. Bettie is a former Iowa State Fair Grand Champion Fiddler and frequent winner of the Seniors' competition there.

We have played together since 2003 and our lives are joined by music and mutual devotion. As such, we travel to festivals and other events around the country to immerse ourselves in traditional dance tunes and songs and in the harp guitar.

June 29


"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.