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.

"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.



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Coming To The Grand...

Music begins at 7:30PM each Friday and Saturday night.

October 1

Lost Walleye Orchestra

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 good-time, classic rock, americana, blues and folk. Members include Billy Steiner, Ron Arsenault, Dale Haefner, and Dave Pengra.

October 7

Jim McGuire Jazz Trio

Jim McGuire has been playing jazz for more than 50 years. He has performed with jazz greats Clark Terry, Charley Bird, Dave Brubeck, Ed Shaughnessy, Jim Whitman and others. He recently retired from teaching classical and jazz guitar at several Minnesota colleges and universities. In addition to teaming up with Charmin Michelle and Rick Orpen, he performs frequently with the Jim McGuire Jazz Trio.

October 8

Amy Manette Trio

The Amy Manette Trio plays jazz, blues, swing and modern. The group is fronted by powerful, soulful singer Amy Manette Kuch. Ed (Doc) Thorpe plays piano and pop and jazz organ. Marvin Topp is Amy’s percussionist and also sings. Don't miss it!

October 14

Charlie Roth

Americana, Folk, Blues, Country, Celtic, Charlie Roth is a unique blend of all these genres. What Charlie is best at is telling a story with his rich baritone vocal, acoustic guitar, rack harmonica, and foot percussion. He has recorded with the likes of Sam Bush, Michael Bland and other American legends. A consummate showman, an entertainer with countless gigs under his belt, Charlie has mastered the art of playing and singing from his heart, exuding the sheer joy of making great music which can be felt by everyone who is connected to that magical and medicinal spiritual grace.

“Story telling of the highest order, Charlie Roth is a name to remember” - Ralph McLean show BBC in Northern Ireland

October 15

Ace in the Whole

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.

October 21

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell! Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night at The Grand Kabaret. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or hankering to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!

October 22

Jack Klatt

Jack Klatt is a singer, a songwriter, a seasoned traveler, and a dexterous finger-style guitarist. Combining musical traditions from hokum blues to the roots of country music, he has been criss-crossing the lower 48, spreading his brand of American music.

In 2009 Klatt settled down in Minneapolis, formed a band and founded the Cat Swingers. Soon enough he found himself performing around 100-150 nights a year perfecting his crafts of performance and songwriting. In 2011 Klatt received a Minnesota State Arts Grant to record a collaborative album with a number of veteran Minnesota legends including Spider John Koerner, Dakota Dave Hull, Cornbread Harris and Charlie Parr. Mississippi Roll has since garnered praise all the way from California to the UK. With a solo album, "Love Me Lonely" under his belt you can expect to see him on the road, with or without his band, rollin' through a town near you.

October 28

Lavender Town

Lavender Town paints a small, lovely town with color. Expressing a variety of rock, country, covers, originals, and indie music. Local musicians with unique styles come together to share their stories, inspirations, and love for music. Come join us at the Grand Kabaret for a night of surprises, laughter, community, and fun. Kelsey Jae on vocals and guitar. Wade Crooker on piano, vocals, and guitar. Terry Zinniel on cajon and Brady Hagen on lead guitar. Life is your canvas, paint it with color.

October 29

The Skruffians

Purveying an infectious mix of ska, reggae, jazz, and soul, The Skruffians are a Minneapolis-based instrumental collective that celebrates the classic sounds of 60’s Jamaica. Inspired by The Skatalites, the legendary group that backed Bob Marley, The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, and countless other early Jamaican artists, The Skruffians’ joyful island grooves, jazzy horns, and soulful Hammond organ brings to mind balmy evenings with a cold drink and good friends. It's the musical equivalent of sunshine.

November 4

TBD

November 5

Pushing Chain

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.

November 11

Dick Kimmel & Company

Veteran performer and triple hall-of-famer, Dick Kimmel, takes center stage with this 4-piece bluegrass ensemble based in New Ulm, Minnesota. Dick Kimmel, “The Ambassador of Bluegrass,” has played, recorded, and promoted bluegrass internationally for more than 50 years with such artists as Del McCoury, Hazel Dickens, and his ‘&-Co’ band configurations. He was inducted into 3 music halls of fame including the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

The band features singer/songwriter/guitarist - Tony Rook, ace banjo man – Graham Sones, and upright bassist – Terry Johnson. All the band members sing utilizing duo, trio, and quartet harmonies. Dick plays mandolin, clawhammer banjo, and guitar and has released more than 2-dozen bluegrass recordings. Dick’s &-Co bands have entertained throughout North America and Europe.

www.dickkimmel.com

November 12

Organic Cowboys

The Organic Cowboys play an array of folk, country and rock music. Members include Dave Ross, Dennis Splinter, Dean Bixenman, Jason Helder, and Tony Helder.

November 18

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell! Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night at The Grand Kabaret. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or hankering to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!

November 19

Erik Brandt & Noah Riemer

December 2

The Divers

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 and you can find out more about them than you really want at www.thedivers.com

December 3

Ticketed Event: 2nd Story Comedians Presents The Just Be Funny Show

2nd Story Comedians is Ben Findley, Tom Leonard, Michelle Roche and Esther Hoffmann, Mankato area actors and actresses. The show will contain musical numbers, skits, and stand up.

$8 Members/$12 Nonmembers

December 9

Ticketed Event: The OK Factor

Classically trained musicians from the Midwest, cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Dietmeyer began collaborating in 2012 while pursuing their Bachelor of Arts degrees in music performance. They joined forces with the goal of creating musical experiences that would challenge their formal training.

The result of this collaboration is The OK Factor, a duo experimenting in a number of genres, including folk, bluegrass, jazz, and popular music. Self-described as a progressive folk duo, they possess a unique and original sound, occasionally expanded by their collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Ehler Orngard. The OK Factor uses their instruments as vehicles for creative and innovative musical thinking, writing primarily original music. They also arrange traditional tunes, embedding fragments of folk music into their own compositions.

The OK Factor’s passion for music has captivated audiences on a variety of stages and venues across the Midwest and Southeast. In addition to writing/composing and performing, they are equally passionate about educational outreach. They conduct workshops for string students of all ages, where they teach and encourage players to view their instruments and formal training in new and exciting ways. Olivia and Karla believe sharing their love of music is a way for them to give back, displaying their appreciation for living a life of performing and composing.

$8 Members/$12 Nonmembers

December 10

Javier Matos

Javier and the blues became buddies in 1978 when he discovered his father's record collection. He has been playing blues professionally since 1992.

In 1999 he signed to Storyville Records and released Comin Home internationally under the surname Jake Matson. Later that year, Javier met Bill Bateman (Blasters, Red Devils, Cramps) and moved to Los Angeles.

While living in Los Angeles Javier and Bill teamed up with John Bazz, also of The Blasters, and reformed The Blue Shadows who reopened the famous King King in Hollywood, California. They were voted best blues band by the L.A City Rock news and featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine as major contributors to blues music in the Los Angeles area.

After meeting Chopper Franklin (Cramps, Heathen Apostles) they formed the Doghouse Lords which was featured in the film, Cry Now and placed several songs on television shows like Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad.

Javier & the Innocent Sons are a powerful early Chicago Blues Band from Minneapolis. Javier & the Wayback are a prewar trio that perform primarily acoustically in the early country blues tradition.

December 16

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night hosted by Dave "Ocho" O'Connell! Join us for a monthly Open Mic Night at The Grand Kabaret. Whether you are an open mic regular, performing for the first time, or hankering to enjoy a selection of local performers, there's something for everyone!

December 17

Lehto & Wright

Lehto and Wright are a Celtic/American/English folk and progressive rock band from Minneapolis. Steve Lehto and John Wright have been performing as a duo for over ten years throughly Minnesota and the upper Midwest.