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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.)


 

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!


Jack and Kitty

Jack and Kitty
Saturday, February 24, 7:30 pm.
Jack and Kitty play for your generous donations!

All tickets will be available on brownpapertickets.com or at GINKGO

www.jackandkitty.com

This Emmy Award winning duo specializing in Organic Vaudeville and Jug Band Folk perform for kids all across the country. They engage the kids, entertain them, and expose them to great talent and good music. (It doesn't hurt that these are one of the kids performing groups who entertain the adults at the same time.)

Jack and Kitty are high school sweethearts that play "Organic Vaudeville and Jug Band Folk" music. Kitty is the niece of reggae legend Bunny Wailer (of Bob Marley and the Wailers) and Jack's babysitter was ukulele oddball Tiny Tim. The Emmy Award winning vaudevillian songsters love to perform concerts nationwide, playing a wide variety of folk instruments including: banjo, guitar, ukulele, washboard, jug, kazoo, harmonica, whizbang, rumba box and much more. For more information, visit: http://www.jackandkittymusic.com.

The husband and wife duo has been described by one reviewer as "Leon Redbone meets Alicia Keys or Tom Waits meets Beyoncé".

We call our style, 'organic vaudeville folk'," explains Kitty. "It's organic and acoustic with nothing but positive vibes."

Jack adds, "it's laid-back music steeped in tradition but with modern pop influences."
The group cites influences as far ranging as 1920s and 30s dixieland jazz and jug band ragtime to modern hip-hop and R&B. That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty's Emmy Award winning artistic approach. Indeed, it would seem that music is in their blood.

Jack and Kitty have performed in nineteen countries, toured for the US Pentagon, sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and regularly perform at Nashville's legendary songwriting haven the Bluebird Cafe.

Cliff Eberhardt

Cliff Eberhardt
Saturday, March 10
7:30 pm
$20 (plus sales tax)
All tickets will be available on brownpapertickets.com or at GINKGO
www.cliffeberhardt.com

"One of the most talented musicians on the solo acoustic circuit... full of well-crafted songs and rich, emotional vocals." —Seattle Post Intelligencer

"Eberhardt sings with passion and with wit…what makes his brand so rare is the self-assurance and poise he brings to his nearly flawless show." —The New York Post

"Melding pop, rock,and folk styles into a rich melange, Eberhardt fits gracefully and solidly in the singer/songwriter niche." —Seattle Weekly

Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.

Cliff is a favorite musician of mine. He connects with the audience, and has great energy on stage. His music is thought provoking, entertaining, and his skills in writing and performing are remarkable!

Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert
Saturday, April 14
7:30 pm
$15 (plus sales tax)
All tickets will be available on brownpapertickets.com or at GINKGO
www.vancegilbert.com

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he's the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft.

Bill Staines

Bill Staines
Friday, May 18
7:30 pm
Tickets $20 plus tax
All tickets will be available on brownpapertickets.com or at GINKGO
http://www.acousticmusic.com/staines

"Any new song that can live comfortably beside the well-worn songs of folk tradition has a good chance of surviving the test of time. Such, we believe, are the songs of Bill Staines" -- Charles "Sandy" Paton, Folk Legacy Records

Bill Staines makes his first appearance on the GINKGO coffeehouse stage. Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Bill's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.

   
   

 

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

Jack and Kitty

Jack and Kitty
Saturday, February 24, 7:30 pm.
Jack and Kitty play for your generous donations!

All tickets will be available on brownpapertickets.com or at GINKGO

www.jackandkitty.com

This Emmy Award winning duo specializing in Organic Vaudeville and Jug Band Folk perform for kids all across the country. They engage the kids, entertain them, and expose them to great talent and good music. (It doesn't hurt that these are one of the kids performing groups who entertain the adults at the same time.)

Jack and Kitty are high school sweethearts that play "Organic Vaudeville and Jug Band Folk" music. Kitty is the niece of reggae legend Bunny Wailer (of Bob Marley and the Wailers) and Jack's babysitter was ukulele oddball Tiny Tim. The Emmy Award winning vaudevillian songsters love to perform concerts nationwide, playing a wide variety of folk instruments including: banjo, guitar, ukulele, washboard, jug, kazoo, harmonica, whizbang, rumba box and much more. For more information, visit: http://www.jackandkittymusic.com.

The husband and wife duo has been described by one reviewer as "Leon Redbone meets Alicia Keys or Tom Waits meets Beyoncé".

We call our style, 'organic vaudeville folk'," explains Kitty. "It's organic and acoustic with nothing but positive vibes."

Jack adds, "it's laid-back music steeped in tradition but with modern pop influences."
The group cites influences as far ranging as 1920s and 30s dixieland jazz and jug band ragtime to modern hip-hop and R&B. That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty's Emmy Award winning artistic approach. Indeed, it would seem that music is in their blood.

Jack and Kitty have performed in nineteen countries, toured for the US Pentagon, sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and regularly perform at Nashville's legendary songwriting haven the Bluebird Cafe.

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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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