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.
"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.
Music begins at 8PM each Friday and Saturday night.
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.
Kildahl and 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.
High Strung plays classic songs from venerable artists that everyone recognizes but probably haven’t heard in quite a while and maybe have even forgotten about. These are everyone’s favorite popular artists but they’re B-side songs rather than the same old everyday classic rock radio hits. Some of the artists we cover (but in no particular order) include The Beatles, CS&N, Neil Young, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Steely Dan and many others. There are also the more obscure from Incubus and the Honeydogs to Hoagy Charmichael and Irving Berlin. We are two acoustic guitars and bass and 3-part vocals. Our songs often cause people to say, “Hey, I remember that one.”
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.
Sarah Streitz is a Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter. Influenced by musicians like Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, her unique brand of Americana is thoughtful, imaginative, rhythmic and gritty. Her debut CD Take One, recorded at Bathtub Shrine Studio in Minneapolis, is a collection of songs that draws on the temptations of daily life, struggles of modern day immigrants, the fate of a young run away, visions of revolutionary Mexico, longings for an ancestral past, and lost love. Locally, she has performed with her band at The Aster Café, The 318, Day Block Brewing, The Driftwood Char Bar, Harriet Brewing, Honey and Lee’s Liquor Lounge and has performed live on KFAI Radio’s “Groovin’ Plenty” and had songs played on MPR/ The Current’s “United States of Americana” show. Sarah’s songs dig deep, pull hard and leave you singing.
Pushing Chain, a folky-tonk duo from Minnesota’s north shore, will be coming to The Grand Kabaret as part of a midwest tour. Pushing Chain features Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on the fiddle and vocals. They play original songs, covers of classic artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone, and some fresh new takes on old folk songs. The duo features tight harmonies and a gonzo approach that keep their performances fresh and exciting.
The high energy string band Beg for Justice plays Old Time, Bluegrass and Folk music. Members include Jeremy Peterson on mandolin and vocals, Lehi Hoehn on fiddle and vocals, Justin Gehrke on banjo, guitar and vocals, Nick Burris on guitar and vocals and James Ihrke on string bass.
Christmas is a wonderful time of food, family and holiday spirit. But under the rug are all the memories of family get-togethers ending in big fights, snips, hurt feelings and presents consisting of socks. Join us for a hilarious look at the dysfunctional side of the holidays with comedianne Esther Hoffmann, musician Michelle Roche (from Good Night, Gold Dust), Jennifer Potocnik and the entire Xmas Misfits troupe 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Grand. Tickets are just $10, or $8 for members.
Ticketed Event: $8 Members / $12 Non-Members
*Showtime at 8 pm
Grand Center for Arts & Culture Fundraiser with Patty & 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.
Ticketed Event: $8 Members / $12 Non-members
Satori Violet Belly Dance Company was born in Mankato in the summer of 2011. Since then, they have developed a unique choreographic style, which often includes storytelling and borrows from many global dance forms. They also have their own improvisational language which leads to a varied performance every time! They can't wait to share what they love the most with you!
Bringing back the best pop music from best decade for pop music, "It Came From the 80s" blends voices with electric guitar, keyboard, live electronica and sound effects into catchy, danceable medleys. It Came From the 80s is Ocho and Starr Mackenzie.
Twin Cities modern jazz group Atlantis Quartet formed in 2006 and has released four critically acclaimed albums. The group was named Best Jazz Artist in 2011 by the City Pages and in 2012 by the Star Tribune. JazzTimes Magazine calls the band "startlingly original". Atlantis has toured throughout the Midwest and East Coast and recently won the prestigious 2015 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In the past decade, Steve Vonderharr has twice represented Minnesota by playing in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis. His CD “Tuff Love” was voted the Best Self-Produced CD in 2009 by the Minnesota Blues Society. As a member of Milwaukee-based Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys, Steve V. played on a live recording that was nominated to receive a Grammy Award.
The Duluth News Tribune offered this review of Boom Boom Steve V. & The Knockouts: Bluesy Steve Vonderharr and the Knockouts will bowl you over. Steve plays with conviction and purpose, expressively wringing the life out of that little piece of metal and wood (harmonica) like some kind of whirling dervish. Witness him in action this weekend at the Grand Kabaret!
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.
Tree Party is a band of small-town transplants that now make music in Minneapolis. They started six years ago as a folk-country band, hot-iron branding the covers of every album, playing street dances and bull rides. Then they toured the Southern States with “The 7-Shot Symphony,” an Ivey Award-winning theatre production that they composed and performed a live Spaghetti Western-style score to. Their most recent release, Iced Over, was commissioned by the state of Minnesota and it sent the band up and around the Boundary Waters, into the Iron Range and along the Mississippi researching stories for songs. With more Blues and Rock influences these days, Tree Party manages to maintain that vintage-country feel with a groove for the present-day listener.
Since she was a little girl, Andrea Lyn has been writing and performing her music. Playing for audiences from the Minnesota State Fair to Rockwoods JamFest... As well as quaint venues such as Marx Fusion Bistro and the 318 Cafe. Andrea enjoys music of all types and loves to bring her lyrics and melodies to her fans.
With influences ranging from Shawn Colvin and the Indigo Girls to Bonnie Raitt singer- songwriter, Andrea Lyn shows passion and love for music in each song and each performance.
With the addition of her new album "Make Believe", Andrea continues to work toward her musical best and enjoys every opportunity to share music with others.