Celebrating 20 Years as a Gathering Place and Music Venue......WOW...and thanks for all of you !

 

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.)


 

Claudia Schmidt

Dean Magraw

Thursday June 5
Claudia Schmidt and Dean Magraw
7:30 pm
$20 (plus sales tax)

Celebrate Claudia Schmidt's Birthday
Yes - there will be cake !

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Composer/Guitarist Dean Magraw's musical passion transcends all boundaries, yet the vital essence of his distinctive style remains, while performing and recording solo, with numerous regional ensembles, and on projects with international notables as diverse as Japanese shamisen prodigy Nitta Masahiro, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, South Indian virtuoso Nirmala Rajasheker, epic songstress Ruth MacKenzie, Irish supergroup Altan, radio personality Garrison Keillor, jazz bassist Anthony Cox, and many others.

"Dean Magraw… so liquid, lyrical and effortless it's like listening to a dancer." -Steve Tibbetts

Claudia's new CD, New Whirled Order has just been released, and here's what she has to say about it:
New Whirled Order is a collection of things I've been writing in the last couple years, and a collection of really amazing musicians, Dean Magraw on guitar, Betsy Doriss on oboe, Chris Haynes on accordion and piano, Richard Gates on bass, Tim Griffin on drums, and my pals Sally Rogers, Howie Bursen and Jeff Davis giving me some vocal help on a very special piece for my mom, who died last year. The results is a sparkling and powerful musical adventure. I am gleeful!

To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.



Friday June 6
House of Mercy Friday Showcase

Mother Banjo

Ross Willits

Adam Kiesling

Ellis Paul

Saturday, June 14,
Ellis Paul
8 pm
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door

"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an Artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential of his music." - New York Times

Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul's music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America's most talented songwriters.

The Boston Globe heralds him as a "songwriter's songwriter;" Performing Songwriter says, "He combines the sensibilities of Bob Dylan and Bill Morrisey and delivers it with passion that sets him apart in the company of a new breed of songwriters."

Dirty Linen magazine says Paul is "one of contemporary folk music's most influential voices"

 

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

Ellis PaulSaturday, June 14, 10 am: Ellis Paul

Photo Credit: Luca Jaccodine (Age 9)
This event if FREE to the public, sponsored by GINKGO coffeehouse!)

Ellis Paul is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, troubadour and father of two daughters, originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine, whose career began in the Boston new folk scene. He is the recipient of 13 Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act Aerosmith. and the St. Paul Pioneer Press calls him "one of the best songwriters of the past decade." Ellis' 2007 family music release The Dragonfly Races, won a Parents' Choice award and sold nearly 10,000 copies. In his second children's release, The Hero in You, Ellis Paul presents host of new and original songs pointing to the bright spots of America's great heritage. It is the first CD in a planned series focusing on heroes of all kinds.

Pop WagnerPop Wagner

Pop has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy.
He appeared quite frequently on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion during the show's formative years and for the last four decades he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and ten countries.

His cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and his old time fiddle tunes set toes a-tappin' while he serves up spellbinding rope tricks and tall stories -- all with a good dose of friendly humor.

Loved by kids and adults, Pop is always engaging and entertaining!

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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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