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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.)


 

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Friday, November 9
Mike Wheeler
8 pm

Mike Wheeler is a singer-songwriter originally hailing from Vermont. With recent stints in Montreal, New Zealand, Augusta, GA, Key West, & Kentucky-- where he was recently named "hands down, one of the finest WKY singer-songwriters going at the moment" (News4U, April 2017)-- the road-tested troubadour now calls Nashville home.

2017 marks Wheeler's solo debut with Sunbeams All Twisted-- a mostly stripped-down acoustic collection of Mike's lyric-heavy Americana numbers.

"A fluent and effortless talent, I'll be keeping an eye on Mike Wheeler in 2017 for sure." -Delaney Davidson
For this show, we suggest a $ 5 donation.

Carrie Newcomer

Saturday, November 11
Carrie Newcomer
7 pm
Hamline Church
Tickets $30

This event will be held at Hamline Church, one block from GINKGO coffeehouse. Tickets for this show are available on brownpapertickets.com or in person at GINKGO coffeehouse (721 N Snelling Ave)

Doors open at 6 pm. Beverages and desserts will be on sale before the show and during the intermission.

Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a "soaring songstress" by Billboard and a "prairie mystic" by the Boston Globe. The Austin Statesman described her as having "a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate" and Rolling Stone once said, she "asks all the right questions". Most simply put, the Dallas Morning News said "she's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think, and them say,'that is so true.'"

This evening is an opportunity to be surrounded by Carrie Newcomer's music and persona. It is an evening to enjoy.

www.carrienewcomer.com

Chuck Suchy

Friday, November 17
Chuck Suchy
7:30 pm
Tickets $14, plus sales tax

This is a rare opportunity to see a great musician and writer. Chuck Suchy will delight you with his ability to spin a story, through song and word.

Rod Kennedy, founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival:
"If he's not one of the great American songwriters, I don't know who is."

Rich Warren, Midnight Special, WFMT Chicago:
"One of the great undiscovered treasures of contemporary American folk music... a refreshing divergence from the trend..."

Folk Roots Magazine (UK): "...natural grace inspired by love of the land...an acoustic opportunity to drift away to a simpler lifestyle..."

Jim Tarbox, St. Paul Pioneer Press: "...an unerring ear for sounds of the prairie...sounds like my great-aunt and -uncle's Iowa farmhouse smelled -hard-soap/fresh bread/tractor grease...FOUR STARS"

Duke Otherwise

Saturday, November 18
Duke Otherwise-Family Show
Live in concert and Free!
10am

Duke Otherwise is a playful Wordsmith. A spirited performer. A skilled Guitarist and captivating Tap-Dancer. Using his distinct Baritone, he sings his Hilarious and Imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.

Outrageous Fun!

Clever Lyrics. Superb Music. Fun for All Ages. “Nifty, brainy lyrics...Highly recommended.” -Stefan Shepherd, NPR children’s music reviewer.

“...Music that both the big kids and the little kids would enjoy. That can be tricky sometimes, and (Duke does) it beautifully!”-Fountaindale Library, Bolingbrook, IL “Unlike anything currently available in children’s music.”-School Library Journal

“The real sign that Duke is having an impact is to hear the students roaming the halls singing the songs and talking about the lessons inherent in them.” -Christ Berndt, Principal

Claudia Schmidt

Friday, Dec 1. 7:30 pm
Claudia Schmidt with Dean Magraw
Tickets $20 plus tax

Claudia Schmidt returns to GINKGO, to charm the audience with her stories, songs and spoken word. She is celebrating the release of her latest CD, Hark the Dark, a collection of songs celebrating winter.

Just when you think you know how much you enjoy Claudia Schmidt on stage, she pulls out a new song, an old song, a story or poem, with the audience unable to look away. Her voice is rich, and her personality is engaging.
Joining her on the stage is Dean Magraw. The chemistry between them is unrivaled, resulting in more stories, more laughter, and more music.

Ellis

Ellis' 14th Annual Holiday Food Drive/ Ginkgo Celebration Concert
Saturday December 16th
8pm
$15 plus tax; bring non-perishable food items or $5 cash donation to food shelf

"If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman – somebody who really does send you off feeling better about the world."
—John Davy, No Depression

There's just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis' performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts.
www.ellis-music.com

 

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

Duke Otherwise

Saturday, November 18
Duke Otherwise-Family Show
Live in concert and Free!
10am

Duke Otherwise is a playful Wordsmith. A spirited performer. A skilled Guitarist and captivating Tap-Dancer. Using his distinct Baritone, he sings his Hilarious and Imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.

Outrageous Fun!

Clever Lyrics. Superb Music. Fun for All Ages. “Nifty, brainy lyrics...Highly recommended.” -Stefan Shepherd, NPR children’s music reviewer.

“...Music that both the big kids and the little kids would enjoy. That can be tricky sometimes, and (Duke does) it beautifully!”-Fountaindale Library, Bolingbrook, IL “Unlike anything currently available in children’s music.”-School Library Journal

“The real sign that Duke is having an impact is to hear the students roaming the halls singing the songs and talking about the lessons inherent in them.” -Christ Berndt, Principal

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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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