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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.)


Amanda Grace

Friday March 6
Amanda Grace
$5 suggested cover 

Amanda releases music for kids of all ages; including her kids album, "Trains, Cars & A Trip To Mars," her romantic rock album Embrace, & the new acoustic rock EP, "Keeping Hearts." Rich Larson of Southern Minnesota Scene states, "Keeping Hearts is a sweet love letter of an album to – it feels like – all of us. That big voice of hers is fueled by passion and love."

"Thoughtful and contemplative singer, songwriter, and pianist with beguiling vocals and intimate, confessional lyrics." ~ Mid West Music Fest


Peter Mulvey

Saturday March 7
Peter Mulvey
Tickets $14 in advance, $16 Day of Show (plus sales tax)


Peter Mulvey, an always popular GINKGO artist, is touring in support of his new CD: SILVER LADDER.  It  is an artistic rebirth for Mulvey, the work of an artist who has discovered his inner rock-and-roller, a man who has been through the eye of the needle and come through it with a haul of songs to spark and encourage his fellow humans.

“Gleefully mercurial...equal parts breezy jazz and
whispery folk. His voice feels like fine old leather,
and his guitar sounds like it’s on steroids...a
superb technician with a fondness for ignoring
the rules...a genre-defying traditionalist — a
knuckleballer with finger-picks”
— The Boston Globe

“A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks
into a whisper...surrealistic beauty...gorgeous.”
— Rolling Stone


Monday, March 9
Purple Onion Bookclub, brought to you by Hamline Bookstore, will be reading BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu

Please join the fun! Remember, all ages are welcome!

Charlie Maguire

Saturday, March 14
Charlie Maguire
Tickets $15 plus tax


One of the first performers at GINKGO, Charlie returns to our stage with his rare and authentic voice singing and playing melodies on guitar and harmonica you'll still be humming tomorrow. His songs are fearless in subject (There are always a couple of new ones) always delivered with an excitement, charm, and sincerity, that has marked his path from the Winnipeg Folk Festival to "Good Morning America".

"Charlie Maguire is more a folksinger than any of his illustrious predecessors. He speaks and sings for a region, the Midwest, which he finds to contain the true heart of the nation. He rides herd on an audience as Woody Guthrie did. Children dance and sing. Grownups feel better. People hearing a song tell him, "That's just the way it is." Or was.
-Lee Hays

"Maguire's music looks out, he sings outward, he reaches outward. He invites the listener to be active, to get involved, and to take action".
-John Ziegler


"He can sing. I mean really sing".
-Diane Sawyer


West Egg Literati

Saturday, March 21
Hamline University Student Reading
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Students in Hamline's MFA in Creative Writing program will read their creative work. Readings will consist of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Christopher Becknell

Saturday, April 4
Christopher Becknell
8:00 pm
Tickets $10 plus sales tax

Becky Schlegel

Friday, April 10
Becky Schlegel, with Kenny Wilson on steel guitar
Tickets $12 (plus tax)

Becky Schlegel
Becky Schlegel's professional music career started in her teens, performing at VFWs and American Legion Halls across South Dakota.

By the late 1990s, she had entered the bluegrass scene and begun writing. Her first solo release, 2002's Red Leaf, added a contemporary flair to her bluegrassy sound and was named "Bluegrass Recording of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy.

In the years since, Becky has released another award-winning record and performed scores of shows—including several appearances on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.

Becky's single, "So Embarrassing" was released to rave reviews in August 2009. Dandelion,was released in January 2010. Heartaches and Country Ballads released in 2008. OPRY LULLABY was released in 2014.

Kenny Wilson
Multi Instrumentalist. First picked up the electric guitar at the age of 12, gravitated to Pedal Steel guitar and fell in love with country music at 19. Banjo followed as did Dobro guitar.

Spent the late 1970's through the early 1990's performing in various country variety bands, among them, The Battle Creek Boys, Pony Express and Deb Nienow and Wheels. The late 1990's were spent doing a lot of studio work as a musician for hire at Oarfin Studios in Minneapolis.

Met Becky in the early 2000's and later was hired to do pedal steel guitar the on "Red Leaf" record.

Other artist Kenny has performed with include CMA award winner Paulette Carlson of country group Highway 101, Paul Metsa, Connie Lee, Sherwin Linton, Freddy Fender, The Daisy Dillman Band, Storyhill.

JP Cormier

Saturday, April 25
J. P. Courmier
8:00 pm
Tickets $14 plus sales tax

J.P. Cormier is a man with many musical talents. He is a skilled songwriter, a gifted singer, and an extraordinary musician who has accomplished success with more than one instrument. During his long career, he has won many competitions, including the Canadian Open Guitar Championship, the Southern U.S. Fiddle Championship, and the Southern U.S. Banjo Championship. He has also worked with a number of big-name artists and appeared on the ever-popular Grand Ol' Opry over two dozen times. His debut album, Out of the Blue, was released when he was only 16 years old.

In 1997, Cormier, all grown-up, finally finished a sophomore offering, Another Morning, for his fans. The award-winning recording was followed by a third full-length album, Heart & Soul. Along the way to making a name for himself, Cormier has performed with countless artists, the list reading something like a who's who in music, including Alan Jackson, Marty Stuart, Bill Monroe, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Kitty Wells, and many others. If his musical career had crashed to an end with the start of the new millennium, Cormier would still have touched enough parts of the music world to ensure that his legacy lasted long after.

Claudia Schmidt

Dean Magraw

June 4
Claudia Schmidt Birthday Bash with Dean Magraw
Tickets: $20 (plus tax)

Once again, on the (near) natal day of Claudia Schmidt, she and Dean Magraw will take the stage at Ginkgo and regale the audience with hilarious hijinks of the musical sort which only the two of them can undertake.

Delicate tremblings and fierce rumblings, and intricate harmony veering toward, but never quite becoming cacophony, will fill the ears and hearts of all who make the effort of showing up.


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

FREE Kids Show with Amanda Grace
Saturday, March 7
3:30 pm
Sponsored by GINKGO coffeehouse

Singer/songwriter Amanda Grace entertains and engages children with her music from "Trains, Cars, & A Trip To Mars," an album dedicated to the memory of her nephew's fight against cancer. Perfect for families with young children! Her cover song of "You Are My Sunshine" was featured in Parents Magazine in 2010, and she continues to release music for kids of all ages.


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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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