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.)


 

   
Lucy Wainwright and Suzzy Roche

Thursday, Nov 6
Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright
7:30pm
Tickets $23 in advance, $25 at the door

Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/author and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over fifteen albums, written music for TV and Film, and toured extensively for thirty years across the U.S. and Europe. Zero Church: an unusual collection of prayers (a collaboration with Maggie Roche) which was developed at Harvard's Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue was originally staged at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, and has been performed around the country. Suzzy has been an associate member of The Wooster Group; the experimental theater company based in New York City, and performed with them off and on for years throughout Europe. Her children's book Want To Be In A Band (Random House) was published in February 2013. Wayward Saints (Hyperion/Voice) is her first novel and was a selection of the Spring 2012 B&N Discover Great New Writers Program. Suzzy and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche have just released a brand new recording Fairytale and Myth: their first collaboration, which has just been nominated for Best Folk/ Singer/Songwriter Album of the year by the Independent Music Awards.

Lucy Wainwright Roche was born in NYC into two influential musical families (daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche). A full time touring musician, with an ever-expanding solo career, Lucy is known for her crystal clear voice, straightforward, humorous stage presence, and insightful, melodic songwriting. Her recordings include: 8 Songs, 8 More, Lucy and her brand new 2013 release CD called There's a Last Time For Everything. Fairytale and Myth is the first collaboration between Lucy and her mother, Suzzy Roche and has been nominated for Best Singer/Songwriter Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.

 

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.

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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