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

Sign up to receive regular e-mails with music information, or become a Facebook Fan!

(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.)



St. Paul Almanac Literary Festival Event
Thursday, November 13
7:00 pm

The St. Paul Almanac Literary Festival is a sixteen stop tour in celebration of the ninth edition of the St. Paul Almanac which is now available in book stores and coffee shops throughout St. Paul. The Lit Fest makes a stop at Ginkgo Coffee at 7pm on Thursday, November 13th. The authors reading that evening will be Libby, Donohue, Julia Klatt Singer, Robert Hale, Mary Stein, Rebecca Diaz and Greg Watson. Learn more about the St. Paul Almanac at saintpaulalmanac.org and find the full festival schedule at crackedwalnut.com.

Chuck Suchy

Friday Nov 21
Chuck Suchy and Rebecca Loebe
8:00 pm

Singer/songwriter Chuck Suchy (soo'key) is a working North Dakota farmer whose well-rooted universally-themed songs and stories have earned broad acclaim and esteemed venues including Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.

Folk music magazine, Dirty Linen says: "Ya gotta love this guy! he write a great song, plays solid guitar, sings with rare confidence and lives his material!"

Rod Kennedy, founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival: "If he's not one of the great American songwriters, I don't know who is."

Rebecca is a nationally touring independent singing songwriter from Atlanta,GA, currently living in Austin, TX. If her name sounds familiar, it's because her 2010 independent release 'Mystery Prize,' spent 10 weeks on the US & European Americana Top 40 Charts and caught the attention of casting directors for NBC's 'The Voice,' who invited her to audition on the premier episode of the first season last year. (She went on to be a part of that first season of The Voice' as Team Adam.)

Rebecca is incredibly talented, with a gorgeous voice and a stage presence that lights up the room. Her songwriting seamlessly mixes intimate folk with jubilant pop. On stage she is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that shine through in her songwriting and laugh-out-loud storytelling during her live performances

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!

Anne Hills

Friday, Dec 5
Anne Hills

"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."– The AllMusic Guide

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

A singer of superb vocal purity ... she gives songs a life of their own. Anne Hills could sing theweek's cable listings and make them sound marvelous." – Minnesota Monthly, Martin Keller


December 6
GINKGO coffeehouse annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair 
9 am - 4:30 pm

GINKGO coffeehouse transforms into a shopping destination for people who want to purchase items directly from artisans.  A wide variety of prices and items are available just in time for the holidays!  Fifteen artists will be selling their wares inside the coffeehouse in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Items include:  Hand made glass beads, mosaic items, carved wood, pottery, ornaments, Pysanky, jewelry, knit items,  felted items, metal work, art from reclaimed items and more!



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!

back to top

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.

back to top

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.


back to top