Celebrating 25 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.)


 

Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul
Friday, January 19
7:30 pm
Tickets $20 plus sales tax.

Tickets can be purchase on brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 651-645-2647

Ellis Paul
"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It's a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A ​celebration of heroes.​ ​The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.

Continue the celebration of 25 years of music, by coming to Ellis Paul's performance at GINKGO. One of the very first artists to play at GINKGO, Ellis Paul (like GINKGO) has withstood the tests of time, continually attracting new fans and writing new music.

 

Ellis Paul
Free Family Show
Saturday, January 20, 10 am


Ellis Paul is also a gifted children's musician. For years, he has crafted songs and performance focused on children. This show is sponsored by GINKGO, a gift to those who love to expose their kids to music, and just want their kids to have fun! With special seating for the kids, and a warm place in a cold season, you won't want to miss this great event!

Pat Donahue

Pat Donahue
Saturday, January 27
7:30 pm
Tickets $18 in advance, $20 day of the show (plus tax)

This is a great opportunity to see a truly amazing performer. He charms the audience, then dazzles them with his abilities. As an added bonus, members from the Prairie All Stars (some members from the Guys All-Star shoe Band) may join him on the stage for a wonderful night of music and entertainment. Don't miss this.
Pat is one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world. As the guitarist for the " Guys All-Star Shoe Band" of Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion, for twenty years, Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. Pat's musical tastes are eclectic. Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat's influences are rooted in bluesmen Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including Sushi-Yucki and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?.

Black Smith's Daughters

The Blacksmith's Daughters
Saturday, Feb. 10
8pm- Valentine's Show

The perfect date night!
Tickets $15 (includes tax)

The Blacksmith's Daughters, featuring both Annella Platta and Julida Alter on vocals and piano, are a Minneapolis-based Americana /folk-rock band that incorporates classical instrumentation into modern song writing. Rocking guitar intertwined with harp-like ukulele and lush string parts perfectly support the intricate melodies and tight harmonies that only sisters who grew up singing together could achieve.
Through generations of blacksmithing in their family, spanning centuries to what is present-day eastern Poland, Annella and Julida grew up surrounded by the art-form. Their father and master blacksmith, Boleslaw Kochanowski, instilled in them the importance of "creating art with a purpose" and keeping family bonds strong. His exquisite wrought iron accomplishes both, as does The Blacksmith's Daughters music.

Come and see this popular group, with a great sound!


 

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 Paul

Ellis Paul
Free Family Show
Saturday, January 20, 10 am


Ellis Paul is also a gifted children's musician. For years, he has crafted songs and performance focused on children. This show is sponsored by GINKGO, a gift to those who love to expose their kids to music, and just want their kids to have fun! With special seating for the kids, and a warm place in a cold season, you won't want to miss this great event!

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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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