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.)


Anne Hills

Friday, March 3
Anne Hills
8 pm
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door

We welcome Anne Hills back to the stage for a wonderful evening!

"...it comes as balm to the soul, this gorgeous CD by Anne Hills and Jay Ansill: Fragile Gifts. It has everything soon to be in short supply: beauty, intelligence, deep strength. It is going on to my hard drive, never to depart. Thank you, Anne! Thank you, Jay!" - Tom Paxton

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

"After a bunch of detours around the board, Hills returns to her own originals and delivers a timely folk pop outing for those that like to think along with their folk. The old time spirit of Joan Baez is alive and well."– Chris Spector, Midwest Record


Sunday, March 11
Literary Open Mic
7 pm

West Egg Literati is an organization of Hamline University MFA students who want to grow and develop connections within our program and beyond. Our Green Light Reading Series, named after the iconic green light from The Great Gatsby, celebrates our community of writers and readers through monthly themed open mic nights. Come to read or come to listen—all are welcome. Readers with original poetry, fiction, nonfiction related to the theme are encouraged to join us. The theme for our Saturday, March 11, reading is "Vitality." Featured readers for the evening include: Victoria McCurdy, Cami Stenquist and Jenniey Tallman. Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m., with the readings beginning at 7 p.m. This evening's event will be hosted and emceed by Terry Horstmand and Josh Hegarty.

Bob Bovee

Bob Bovee
Satruday, April 15
8 pm
Ticket Price $12

Bob Bovee, nationally and internationally known singer of traditional cowboy songs and old time country music, plays guitar, harmonica, autoharp and banjo, performing cowboy ballads, blues and ragtime numbers, mountain music, yodels and dance tunes played in authentic vintage style. Songs will be drawn from such sources as the original Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Mississippi John Hurt and many others. His shows are always liberally spiced with stories, folklore, tall tales and witticisms.
Expect a good time!

". . . taste and sensitivity to repertoire, arrangement and execution are unimpeachable." Bill Hinckley, Buzz Magazine

". . . bitingly authentic, without ever sounding imitative." Paul Stamler, Come For To Sing

"Bob Bovee…is the best cowboy singer I ever heard." UTAH PHILLIPS




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

Jack and Kitty
Free Family Show
Saturday, February 4
10 am

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.

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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