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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.)


Charlie McGuire and Steve Cormier

Friday, May 20
Charlie Maguire and Steve Cormier
8 pm
Tickets $15 (plus sales tax)

Steve Cormier has been described as "the real deal" from his life as a working cowboy and rodeo hand in Kansas and New Mexico. Friends with fellow-folkie Charlie Maguire for over 35 years, Cormier would put down his cowboy guitar at times and drift into supporting roles in TV and motion pictures, as well as a PHD professor teaching history.

Maguire swapped his seed cap from boyhood on a dairy farm in western New York for the flat-brimed Stetson of Minnesota State Parks, with an additional stint with the National Park Service as their first and only "Singing Ranger"; strumming his guitar from the Grand Canyon to the Mississippi River.

Both of these musicians who not only sing but also have a strong penchant for story telling, have decided to get together for a night of "telling it like it is" on the farm and ranch; from roping steers to herding cows; riding horses, driving tractors; fixing fence, and what it's like to live in places where there are no fences at all.

A Minnesota native, Cormier comes home rarely, preferring to travel far and widegarnering reviews like "Sings real cowboy songs with style and wit." (Chicago Magazine) or "…sings the songs of the American West with caring love and real dedication." (Victory Review: Seattle, WA).

Maguire on the other hand, makes his home in Minneapolis, but is still lauded in his hometown, as a Bush Fellow, Minnesota Humanities Center "Friend of the Humanities", and as a "Freeman Tilden" award winner by the National Parks Conservation Association. "Charlie Maguire is more a folksinger than any of his illustrious predecessors." (Lee Hays)

As performers and friends, both return to the roots of their musical inspirations at the Ginkgo, with songs and stories of lives lived outdoors, in a concert that should not be missed.


Sally Rogers

Thursday, June 16
Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers, CD Release
7:30 pm
Tickets $25 (plus sales tax)

Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers release their new CD, "We are Welcomed" !
This is a rare chance to see two great performers (and friends) together.
It promising to be a fantastic evening of stories, music and laughter.

Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt have been friends and musical collaborators since 1979! With their amazing harmonies, double dulcimers (and guitars!), and shared joy of performing, an evening with them is sure to have you feeling energized. .plenty of singing with the audience. .two friends doing what they love!


Friday, June 17
5 pm

GINKGO hosts a 32 person, double elimination Super Smash Bros Melee tournament. There is a $3 entry fee, and there will be cash prizes for the top 5 participants.

Sign up is required in advance, and as of June 12, 5 slots remain. You must sign up in advance to enter, by filling out the google form: http://goo.gl/forms/Zislc8NpqRNw3mSS2

This is not run by GINKGO, so if you have questions, please contact Sebastian at sebas.alfonzo@gmail.com. If you don't get a slot, or just don't want to play, come and watch the tournament!


Saturday June 18
The Scouting Report


Saturday June 25
Kristin Rebecca
8 pm

Kristin Rebecca is a captivating performer who combines her powerful, angelic voice, unique guitar rhythms and rare harp ability into a show unlike any other.



Saturday, July 9
The Belle Weather
8 pm

The Belle Weather is a hurricane.

We are acoustic guitars, stories, and melody. We are the resonant, pounding beat of a kick drum, the deep pulse of a bass guitar, and the siren's wail of an over-driven tube amp. We are open fields and skyscrapers - equal parts modern folk and indie rock - a fusion of inspired anthems and the art of simple storytelling.

Over the years, we've taken a great many influences and blended them into a sound that is uniquely our own. We've built a reputation by approaching every stage we can find with a rare combination of gritty, sweat-drenched energy and honest, heart-felt sonic grace. We love doing what we do, and feel very fortunate to have a fan base that is as musically adventurous as we've always tried to be.


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

Will Hae and the Tadpole Parade

Saturday, May 14
Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade

Kids are the rock stars! When they clap, dance and sing with Will Hale, the king of rocking air guitar. Will's kid tested, teacher approved concerts create a fun atmosphere filled with plenty of audience participation, excitement and energy. Kids will enjoy Will's captivating music performances which include a friendly mix of festive drums, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, but by far the most fun is when the kids pick up their inflatable air guitars and jam!

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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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