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.
Kildahl & Vonderharr, Working Without a Net, return to the Grand on Saturday night. This duo is high energy playing blues, bluesy jazz, and original tunes. Steve Vonderharr on harmonica, Kit Kildahl on guitar and vocals. They will be joined with Mr. Dave Pengra on bass.
The Leech boys are another permutation of aging musicians who have Mankato in common in some strange way, and who, for some unknown reason, have fish-related band names. No, this is not the Lost Walleye Orchestra. No, this is not the Fabulous Fatheads. Nope. Not Crankbait. This is the one and only Leech boys, whose former gigs have all been in Sheboygan or Sheboygan Falls, the home of Footie Husting, guitar and pedal steel. Footie will be new to the Grand, but the other fellows are familiar; Ron Arsenault on acoustic guitar and vocals; Dave Pengra on bass and vocals; Billy Steiner on harp, guitar, and vocals; Mike Pengra on drums, washboard, and vocals; and Kit Kildahl on guitar and vocals. Lots of vocals--which is a good thing, since there will undoubtedly be some a cappella shenanigans, after a requisite number of cocktails. Please join us at the Grand Kabaret for an evening of..well, for an evening.
Dick Kimmel & Co is a traditional bluegrass band based in southern Minnesota. Since the 1970's, Dick Kimmel's bands have performed throughout North America and Europe. In 2008, this band received the National Traditional Country Music Association's coveted "Rising Legend Award." Dick Kimmel & Co's traditional style of bluegrass is laced with original songs that seem like classics. The band consists of Hall of Famer Dick Kimmel on vocals, guitar, mandolin, & clawhammer banjo, Jerilyn Kjellberg on vocals & guitar, Graham Sones on banjo & vocals, Terry Johnson on bass,and Ian Kimmel on mandolin & guitar.
Betty and Ocho return to the Grand on Friday, December 20th. 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 beautiful harmony with Betty. Together they perform a blend of both old and new with an energy that's hard to resist.
He performs worldwide as a solo-artist, or with the incredibly funky “SMB” (Scottie Miller Band), (which features drummer Mark O’Day, guitarist Joe Cruz, and bassist Kevin Rowe).
Recent theater performances find Scottie adding string quartet to the mix, further breaking the boundaries of style and genre. This ”blues-pianist” shows again and again how versatile hismusic can be with blues, jazz, classical, funk and soul influences that blend together seamlessly.
Scottie is also the touring keyboardist for 2010 Grammy nominee and multi-BMA recipient Ruthie Foster & The Family Band. He appears on her "Live At Antone's"-Ruthie Foster Family Band. “DVD Of The Year” (2012 Blues Music Awards (BMA’s)).
In 2008, he was inducted in to the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for his contributions to blues music and heritage with his instructional book and CD titled;
“Rock Keyboards” published by Hal Leonard Corporation
His most recent releases include: "LIVE"-Scottie Miller Band (2010 CD). “HOME - A House Concert with Scottie Miller" (2011 DVD), and the exciting new CD “RISE UP” - Scottie Miller Band (9/2012).
"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.