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Concert series

GINKGO's concert series at GINKGO coffeehouse on Snelling brings musicians from across North America to the Twin Cities. Music is presented in a concert setting, without interruption from normal restaurant service and conversation. The list of artists is impressive and spans a range of musical genres: singer/songwriter, traditional, blues, jazz, celtic, bluegrass, and more! Tickets for the Thursday night concert series can be purchased in advance by calling 651-645-2647 or emailing us. Higher prices apply to tickets purchased at the door.

Music Series

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(Shows with a cover charge are a concert format. For all others, the coffee bar will be open during the show, and people are free to come and go at will.)


 

 

Friday Jan 22
Northerly Gales
8-10pm

Jack and Kitty

Saturday Jan 23
Jack & Kitty
10am
www.jackandkitty.com

Jack and Kitty perform "organic vaudeville folk" for kids and families. They have been called "one of the most entertaining acoustic groups in the Midwest" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Kitty has a Jamaican uncle named Bunny. Jack's babysitter was Tiny Tim. So it was inevitable the two would meet at an arts high school, fall in love and spend the rest of their lives making music and art together.

Maybe we should explain. Kitty's uncle is Bunny Wailer - you know, of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame? So music is literally in her blood. She grew up listening to a healthy blend of reggae, rap and R&B. At a young age Jack discovered his vaudevillian great grandfather's phonograph record collection and spent his childhood listening to cats like Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. As fate would have it, oddball ukulele legend Tiny Tim moved in next door to the Norton household and somehow became Jack's babysitter. Seriously.

That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty's Emmy Award winning artistic approach. It's organic and acoustic. It's laid-back with positive vibes that appeal to all ages.

The "all ages appeal" comes from the years Jack and Kitty spent as co-creators and co-stars of the hit preschool kids television series "The Zinghoppers Show", which currently airs on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide and in 175 countries worldwide via the AFN Family Network. Nominated for six Emmy Awards, an average of 5 million families see Jack and Kitty every day.

Jack and Kitty have performed in 19 countries, toured for the US Pentagon, sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and have been performing professionally together for nearly ten years and are excited to be back in Minneapolis after an extended stint in Nashville.

Ben Cook-Feltz

Thursday Jan 28
Ben Cook-Feltz with Auralai
Auralai - 7:30
Ben Cook Feltz - 8:30
$5 suggested donation

One of the sweetest, floweriest male folk-pop singer voices since the late Jeff Hanson was still with us."
–Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The best way to describe Ben Cook-Feltz's music may be Paul Simon singing songs about broken hearts and pants."
–Iowa Public Radio

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Fresh off the release of his critically-acclaimed 2015 record She Doesn't Believe Me (whose track "Full Moon" was voted one of the Top 89 Local Songs of 2015 by 89.3 The Current), Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz returns to the storied Ginkgo Coffeehouse on Thursday, January 28. He will be joined by Auralai, a folk duo from Milwaukee making waves across the Midwest with their finely-wrought, cello-based arrangements.

A singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist, Ben Cook-Feltz combines observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the 60's and 70's. He has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent. With the release of She Doesn't Believe Me, he has emerged as a true songwriting talent who has hit his stride with his most confident and personal album to date. The album features a who's who of local talent, including Jillian Rae, Mother Banjo and members of The Federales and The High 48's.

Cook-Feltz released the record in October 2015, to a standing-room-only crowd at the 331 Club. He followed the release with a month-long residency at Vieux Carre, as well as performances at the Bedlam Theatre, Dayblock Brewing and the Aster Cafe. He will be joined at Ginkgo by his long-time bandmates Cole Mickelson (Vonnie Kyle) and Andy Schuster (Wild Colonial Bhoys).

With Stephanie Tschech providing a foundation of cello and voice, complemented by Nate Lehner on guitar and upright bass, Auralai combines the best of classical beauty with pop-esque rhythm and melody. With the help of her trusty cello, named Cranky Agnes, Stephanie strayed from her classical roots to evolve into an indie-pop songwriter, using multiple performance methods to transform her cello into an instrument both lyrical and rhythmic. Stephanie's abstract but vivid lyrics and complex yet catchy rhythm and melodies make for an ethereal mood that is fiercely engaging. No slave to both conventional songwriting and classical cello form, Auralai brings a much needed fresh breed of indie-pop music that is nothing short of captivating.

Ben Cook-Feltz - www.bencookfeltz.com

Auralai - www.facebook.com/auralaimusic
https://auralai1.bandcamp.com


 

Friday Jan 29
Jen Strict & Laconia Koerner
8 - 10 PM

Anne Hills

Saturday Jan 30
Anne Hills
8PM
Tickets $15

The AllMusic Guide says, "A stunning soprano tone has made Anne Hills one of contemporary music's premiere vocalists … Her knack for writing heartfelt songs has brought her to the upper echelon of her craft."

Twila Price, Remembering Roots, ecurrent.com says: "Anne Hills has a gorgeous soprano voice and this lush song-writer ... is a perfectly lovely performer with a voice that haunts your emory."

Hills has become one of the better known voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and ecognition for her live performances (2009 Bound for Glory live radio show favorite- Ithaca, NY), her unique solo and ollaborative recording projects (2001 WAMMIE for duet CD ith Tom Paxton, Under American Skies), and her overall artistry and benefit work (2002 Kate Wolf Award, Carole Robertson Award & Kerrville Female Vocalist of the Year 1997). Her ong "Follow That Road" was the title cut of the Martha's ineyard Songwriter Retreat and has enchanted audiences for over a decade. Whether she is singing her own song, the words of 6 year old Opal Whiteley, or the Hoosier poet James hitcomb Riley; accompanied with her guitar, banjo, or simply a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment. So, even if you haven't become familiar with her voice (featured often on XM/Sirius Folk Radio, The Midnight Special & many other folk shows) you won't want to miss a chance to hear her songs and stories in person.

Moors and McCumber

Thursday Feb 4
Moors and McCumber
7:30pm
Tickets $13, $15 if paying after 6 pm the day of the show

James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. 

As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.” 

Each time they return, Moors and McCumber bring a larger audience.  Don't miss them.

 

Friday Feb 12
Whitney Williams
8-10 pm

Silver Lining Footfall

Saturday Feb. 20
Silver Lining & Footfall
8-10 pm

Silver Lining and Footfall are thrilled to announce a double-bill on Feb. 20. The show will be filmed live by Water Street Sessions, a local filmmaking team based in St. Paul. Silver Lining starts things off (8-9pm). Silver Lining is Joe Fishbein on mandolin and Dawn Tanner on vocals and guitar. Their music is a mix of folk originals/covers and fiddle tunes. Covers are from folk artists: Lucy Kaplansky, Lindsay Mac, Peter Mulvey, Drew Nelson, and Sam Baker. Their first album is soon to be available with friend and guest star, Adam Granger.

Footfall plays from 9-10 pm. They bring up the energy with their alt country sound rocking the coffeehouse. Footfall is Debbie Cushman on guitar and vocals and Jim Christiansen on guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Their first CD, Running Toward the Moon, is just over a year old. They arebusy working on their second release…coming soon.

http://www.footfallmusic.com

Join us for a steaming cup on a cozy winter night with friends and local music.

Christopher Becknell

Friday Feb 26
Christopher Becknell
8 pm
$10 cover (plus tax)

Christopher Becknell is a Minneapolis based performer who is no stranger to the localmusic scene. He can be found performing guitar concerts for the MN Guitar Society as well as fiddling with bands such as The Blood Washed Band, Murzik, Duo Arco and a variety of local orchestras. He is not only a performer, however—in addition to serving on the music faculty at MCTC and North Central University, Becknell maintains a large private studio in Minneapolis where he teaches guitar to children and their parents using the Suzuki Method.

Over the years Becknell has earned a loyal fan base through these projects, which has led to his first release for House of Mercy Recordings—Just Beyond the River: Songs of Shelter & Mercy for Solo Guitar.

Peter Mulvey

Friday, March 18
Peter Mulvey
8:00 pm
Tickets  $15 in advance, $18 is paid after 6 pm day of the show.  Sales tax is added.

Peter Mulvey is a walking secret handshake. He has been the street-singing kid in Dublin, the man fronting the storming electric band, the conspiratorial spoken-word craftsman, the Tin Pan Alley delver, an instigator in the occasional Redbird collective, and all through it he has remained the traveler out on the road, bringing his music to audiences from Fairbanks to Bilbao, Santa Monica to Montreal, in clubs, theaters, coffeeshops, the Kennedy Center, and old barns.
Mulvey continues to travel, ears open and wide awake, through the unlimited territory of music. Honing his musicianship, his phrasing, his ability to inhabit a song, he has come into his own, with a sound full of grit and warmth, at the same time startling and familiar.


“Gleefully mercurial...equal parts breezy jazz and whispery folk. His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it’s on steroids...a superb technician with a fondness for ignoring the rules...a genre-defying traditionalist — a knuckleballer with finger-picks”The Boston Globe

“A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper...surrealistic beauty...gorgeous.”— Rolling Stone

 

April 16
David Francey
Tickets on sale Feb 1

 

Musical events for your generous donations...some great musicians!

Musical events that are not part of the concert series take place in a more casual atmosphere. Food and beverages are served during the performance, and customers may come and go at will. If no ticket price is indicated, musicians play for your generous donations. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at GINKGO coffeehouse on Snelling.

 

The open stage is run with a lottery system, meaning names are drawn to see who will perform in each slot. This means you don't have to try to get there too early to be the first to sign up. The open mic is hosted by artists

Neal Dimick, 612-827-1573 nealdimick@yahool.com


children's events

Jack and Kitty

Saturday Jan 23
Jack & Kitty
10am
www.jackandkitty.com

Jack and Kitty perform "organic vaudeville folk" for kids and families. They have been called "one of the most entertaining acoustic groups in the Midwest" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Kitty has a Jamaican uncle named Bunny. Jack's babysitter was Tiny Tim. So it was inevitable the two would meet at an arts high school, fall in love and spend the rest of their lives making music and art together.

Maybe we should explain. Kitty's uncle is Bunny Wailer - you know, of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame? So music is literally in her blood. She grew up listening to a healthy blend of reggae, rap and R&B. At a young age Jack discovered his vaudevillian great grandfather's phonograph record collection and spent his childhood listening to cats like Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. As fate would have it, oddball ukulele legend Tiny Tim moved in next door to the Norton household and somehow became Jack's babysitter. Seriously.

That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty's Emmy Award winning artistic approach. It's organic and acoustic. It's laid-back with positive vibes that appeal to all ages.

The "all ages appeal" comes from the years Jack and Kitty spent as co-creators and co-stars of the hit preschool kids television series "The Zinghoppers Show", which currently airs on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide and in 175 countries worldwide via the AFN Family Network. Nominated for six Emmy Awards, an average of 5 million families see Jack and Kitty every day.

Jack and Kitty have performed in 19 countries, toured for the US Pentagon, sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and have been performing professionally together for nearly ten years and are excited to be back in Minneapolis after an extended stint in Nashville.

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sign up to receive concert schedules

Email us to add your name to our email list. You'll be the first to know about GINKGO upcoming performances. If you don't have email, call the GINKGO coffeehouse on Snelling (651-645-2647) and give us your name and address. We'll send you a concert schedule in the mail.

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information about performing at GINKGO

There are several ways to perform at GINKGO.

To participate in Open Stage on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, just show up. Sign up begins at 6:30 pm, and Open Stage is from 7-10 pm. Names are drawn to determine the performers for each slot.

To participate in the old time and bluegrass jam sessions on the fourth Wednesdays of the month, just show up.

To play for donations (typically Friday or Saturday evenings), contact us via e-mail ( ginkgosaturdaymusic@yahoo.com ). It may take a few days to respond, and feel free to send a new note if you do ot hear anything.

To perform as part of the concert series, where people pay a cover charge (typically $10 or more), email Kathy at kathy@ginkgocoffee.com. This is a ticketed event. Specify that you are interested in the concert series, and include this on the subject line of your e-mail, please.

Interesting Musical Links

Check out the website for Homestead Pickin Parlor!

Homestead Pickin Parlor has a very good selection of folk music recordings, as well as many other styles, along with music lessons, sheet music and instruments.

 

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