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.)


Stephanie Pauline

Thursday Sept 25
Stephanie Pauline

Stephanie Pauline is a prolific songwriter. Though she borrows from many genres, Pauline takes many cues from pop music, crafting radio friendly songs that build and explode in a way that catches the ear. Listening to Stephanie, one is reminded of great artists like Sara McLachlan, Paula Cole, Jewel and Alison Krauss, as her voice pierces the soul and leaves listeners aching for more.
"I invite others into an honest moment and hopefully encourage them in their own pursuit of truth and a passionate life abandoned to the only thing worth living for: love. I've been pretty pressed in life and I think it has produced a severity and vulnerability in me that people just lean into. It pulls things up from deep within them and unearths hearts."

Stephanie Pauline plays piano and guitar and has co produced all of her recordings to date. The last four of which brought her to Nashville and LA where she recorded with some of the industry's best studio musicians. She has performed an average of 60 dates a year since 2006. Her music has been played on over close to 1000 radio stations in 30 countries so far, landing three of Stephanie's songs in the top 10 on the CRW Global Inspo and AC Chart and also on the Euro NCM Chart last year. Her talents have garnered her record label offers, a recent nomination for an Independent Singer Songwriter Association award, and the industry's attention. In 2003 More than Music Inc., the hub of her music, was made an official non-profit.

Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg

Friday, Sept. 26,
Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg
Photo by Mike Melnyk

Chris Coole (clawhammer banjo/guitar/vocals) and Ivan Rosenberg (Dobro, clawhammer, vocals) have been described as a "two-man folk festival." Intricate, subtle, and spellbinding, their folk interpretation of old time, bluegrass, and country blues easily connects with audiences. Old or new, fast or slow, each song tells a story worth hearing.

Two amazing musicians on the stage together. This is a unique and fantastic show. Save the date!

Bob Bovee

Thursday, Oct. 2
Bob Bovee with Laurie McClain
7:30 pm
Tickets $12

For more than forty years Bob Bovee has been performing across the U.S. and Canada. With guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp, he has explored the breadth and depth of old time music, including the cowboy songs and western ballads of his Nebraska roots, the stringband music of the Appalachians and Ozarks, and blues and rags from the black tradition. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio, songs come from family members and friends, the way music used to be passed along, as well as from 78 rpm recordings from the "Golden Age of Country Music", the 1920s and 30s.

Mother Banjo

Thursday Oct 16
Mother Banjo

Local favorites Mother Banjo & Ben Cook-Feltz play their first show since getting hitched, and they want to invite you to celebrate with them! They'll play new originals, fun rock and pop tunes and maybe even some love songs. They will only be "just married" once, and so they hope you can help them celebrate good times at the Ginkgo!

Vance Gilbert

Saturday, Nov 22
Vance Gilbert
8 pm
Tickets $15 (plus tax)

With ten critically acclaimed albums, VANCE GILBERT continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy. Vance is now on tour with his brand new CD, "BaD Dog Buffet".
Vance in Wagon
Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung, and consummately played all at once? Can it?

That'd be Vance Gilbert and his transcendent new album, "BaD Dog Buffet".

Like all great artists, Vance Truly happens live. In fact he developed his reputation with his jaw dropping, diverse, funny, devastating, and gorgeious live performances. Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, the late George Carlin have all requested Vance to be added to their bills.

Vance exploded onto the scene in the early 90's, with buzz spreading quickly. Who was this multicultural arts teacher knocking them dead at open mics? After opening Shawn Colvin's 1992 Fat City tour, he took much of America by storm and by surprise. "With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener," wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in its review of a show from the Colvin tour...and it continues...come and see for yourselves!


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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