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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.)



Saturday, August 27
8 pm

Nashville-based pop-rock band Samecity is making a stop at Ginkgo Coffeehouse as part of their summer tour to play a fun, laid-back acoustic set for anyone who wants to come by and hang out!

Official site: www.samecitymusic.com

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Friday, August 26
Mark Schirmacher
8 pm

Mark Schirmacher has been playing folk/pop songs around the Twin Cities for 20-odd years. His acoustic shows feature songs from his new record, "Broken Hearts Shine," as well as new material and interesting covers. Local guitar player, Michael McGarthwaite, adds depth and atmosphere to the music, and they'll both be at Ginkgo Coffee House on August 26. Show at 8pm.

More info at www.markschirmacher.com.

Caey Neill

Thursday Sept 8
Casey Neill
Tickets $10

Casey Neill is a songwriter and bandleader from Portland, Oregon performing high octane Indie folk, infused with haunting melodies and weather beaten narratives. Neill performs as a solo act as well as with his band, The Norway Rats - a murderer's row of Northwest music vets from acts such as The Decemberists and Eels. He tours extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.

"Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill's narrative talent and concern for real people's struggles stand out. (Neill) evokes an epic feel that fits perfectly with the implicit grandiosity of this emotional material, delivered with a raspy, affectionate voice that recalls Life's Rich Pageant-era Michael Stipe. The results are so evocative, you'll be tempted to steep further in these memories, the better to share Casey Neill's particular blend of personal and historical experience." — SPLENDID

"These are songs with stories well told. This is what it's all about" — STEVE EARLE

Casey is a frequent side player in power pop band The Minus 5 along with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M. Punk bands, bluegrass acts, and other songwriters have performed and recorded Casey's songs - most notably Irish supergroup Solas' version of "Lowground" on their CD's "Waiting for an Echo" and "Reunion". His career launched in 1997, after inking a three record deal with acoustic label Appleseed and contributing tracks to their Pete Seeger Tribute collection along with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Bonnie Raitt. A compilation of his material entitled 'Memory Against Forgetting' was released by Indigo Girl Amy Ray's Daemon imprint in 2005. Following a few years treading the boards in New York City, Casey moved back to Portland and it's thriving music community.

"Soul-searing songs "— UTNE READER

"remarkably good songwriting" — NO DEPRESSION

Music critic Jay Horton described it best for Portland's arts paper Willamette Week: "Casey Neill has been filtering post-hardcore energies through an Americana muse for tales of wry lamentation, and the barroom mythologizing wed to painstaking craft has never sounded so perfectly realized. He brings a certain empathetic grandeur to high-minded tales of resolutely low lives with crack musicianship and casual authenticity".


Moors & McCumber

Saturday Sept 10
Moors & McCumber
$12 adv, $15 door

The multi-instrumentalists, dedicated performers, prolific songwriters, and gifted and expressive vocalists, have been touring all summer in support of their new live cd, Live From Blue Rock, which debuted at #5 on the Folk Americana charts.

James Moors (vocals, guitars, ukulele, mandolin and Irish bouzouki) based in Superior, WI and Kort McCumber (vocals, keys, cello, guitars, Irish tenor banjo, Irish bouzouki, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and harmonica) based in Gold Hill, CO, switch up instruments on almost every song, they create catchy melodies that are big, bright and electrifying to watch live!

More than a decade into their musical pilgrimage, they continue to define, and redefine, their sound, their persona, their love for music and their unwavering commitment to bringing great music to their audiences. Don't wait to get you tickets this one will fill up fast. Call 651-645-2647 to purchase your tickets in advance!


Glenn Ickler

Sunday, Sept 11
Author Glenn Ickler
7 pm

Author Glenn Ickler reads from his newest murder mystery, A Cold Case of Killing. When a Cold Case Gets Hot

Marilee Anderson disappeared 25 years ago at the age of 15, so why are the St. Paul police digging up her parents' rose garden on a sultry summer day?

Reporter Warren "Mitch" Mitchell and photographer Alan Jeffrey of the St. Paul Daily Dispatch are sent to find out what might turn up at the beginning of Glenn Ickler's new novel, "A Cold Case of Killing." The excavators' reason for ripping up the garden soon takes shape in the form of a human skeleton.

Are these bones the remains of the missing teenager? The medical examiner eventually says no—they are actually the skeleton of an adult male. So who was this man? How did his dead body get into a shallow grave in the Andersons' back yard? Was he in some way connected to Marilee's disappearance?

"A Cold Case of Killing," published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, is the 12th book in Ickler's series about the newspaper duo of Mitch and Al. Ickler is a former member of the news and editorial page staffs at the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press. He finished his 40-year newspaper career as editor of a paper in Massachusetts, where he now resides..

John Craigie

John Craigie
photo: Maria Davey

Thursday Sept 22
John Craigie
Tikets $15

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It's no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.

The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. 075A0827While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov's farm. Although based in Portland, Craigie's true home is on the road, and just like that he's on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen.

He'll make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, John Craigie's true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.


I Am California (Go Westy Video)


Silver Lining

Saturday, Oct. 15
Silver Lining and Footfall
8 pm

Silver Lining and Footfall are back at Ginkgo for a second double-bill night. We had so much fun last time that we had to plan another. Both groups have new albums out and will be sharing new songs from the albums.

Footfall is Jim Christiansen and Debbie Cushman. They've been playing music together for about fifteen years. Jim plays guitar, slide guitar and mandolin. He also sings a mean harmony line and can be nudged into lead. Debbie brings guitar, vocals, piano and dreams of fiddle playing. Songwriting is shared and so is banter over covers. Their new album, Whisky Soaked Heart, has been tearing up the radio waves at Americana stations across the U.S.

Silver Lining is Dawn Tanner on guitar and vocals and Joe Fishbein on mandolin. Silver Lining brings together a lively combination of folk songs and fiddle tunes. Bringing their sound to folk-music stages and outdoor venues around St. Paul is joy and delight. Their first album, A Braided Stream, is newly available.



Rebecca Loebe

Jesse Terry

Saturday Nov. 5
Rebecca Loebe & Jesse Terry




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



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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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