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 Roche

Friday, Sept 12
Lucy Wainwright Roche
8 pm

Tickets $15 in advance, $18 if paid for after 6 pm the day of the show (plus sales tax)

We hosted Lucy for the first time this past year, and what a delight!
Her show was a joy.
Don't miss it!

Erik Brandt and Noah Riemer

Fri, Sept 19th
Erik Brandt & Noah Riemer
7 - 9pm

Fundamental/House of Mercy Recordings artists, Erik Brandt (of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet) and Noah Riemer (Duke Otherwise, Ticklepenny Corner), will be performing in St. Paul at Ginkgo Coffee on Friday, Sept 19th. Brandt and Riemer have performed all over the USA in recent years as solo acts, duos and with their respective bands. Brandt has also toured in the UK, Australia, France, and the Canadian Maritimes solo supporting the release of his solo albums: including his latest The Long Winter.

Brandt's music has been influenced by and compared to: Americana powerhouses The Jayhawks, Gillian Welch, and Uncle Tupelo; Georgia's Vigilantes of Love; UK's The Waterboys; Australia's Paul Kelly and Canada's Bruce Cockburn.
Riemer's music has been compared to Over the Rhine, Tom Waits and They Might Be Giants. Riemer has earned a lot of notoriety and success lately as his kids' music alter-ego, Duke Otherwise.

In concert, Erik performs mostly original music on the acoustic guitar, piano and accordion. He has been playing the greater Midwest music scene since 1995 and he and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet have been regular visitors to Ginkgo Coffee. Noah will be playing guitar and harmonica at this concert and the two musicians will play solo as well as accompany one another.

Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg

Friday, Sept. 26,
Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg
Photo by Mike Melnyk

Chris Coole (clawhammer banjo/guitar/vocals) and Ivan Rosenberg (Dobro, clawhammer, vocals) have been described as a "two-man folk festival." Intricate, subtle, and spellbinding, their folk interpretation of old time, bluegrass, and country blues easily connects with audiences. Old or new, fast or slow, each song tells a story worth hearing.

Two amazing musicians on the stage together. This is a unique and fantastic show. Save the date!


Thursday, Oct. 2
Bob Bovee
7:30 pm

More details coming soon.


Saturday, Nov 22
Vance Gilbert
8 pm
Tickets $15 (plus tax)

More information coming soon.


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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