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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.)


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.


April 13, 6:15-7pm
Purple Onion Book Club

Greetings from the Purple Onion Bookclub, sponsored by the Hamline Bookstore!

Spring has sprung and April has almost begun which means it's time for our next bookclub pick...

Please join us on Monday, April 13, 6:15-7pm at Gingko Coffeehouse as we dive into the text of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses, by poet and Hamline MFAC Professor, Ron Koertge.

This terrific collection of twenty twisted fairy tales, based on the Brothers Grimm originals, is a free verse medley of witty, sly, and sometimes scary snippets of warnings and wisdoms.

Pick up a copy today at the Hamline Bookstore, and receive 20% off simply by mentioning the Purple Onion Bookclub.

Everyone is welcome to attend and our book club discussions are fun and progress organically, allowing everyone a chance to participate and/or observe as much as they are comfortable with.

There is no need to RSVP in advance. If you have questions or would like to suggest a local author to read for our next club meeting, please contact the Hamline Bookstore Manager at hubookstore@hamline.edu.

See you in April to talk twisted fairy tales!

*Note: All ages are always welcome to our Purple Onion Bookclub gatherings, however, this book does contain some adult language and imagery, and some parts may be inappropriate for young teens and children.


Saturday April 18
Brent & Betsy Clark and Brad Cattadoris

Brent & Betsy Clark – Twin Cities based performers who entertain their listeners with a rich harmony of Spiritual and Folk music songs. Performing solo, Brent's performances are centered around Blues, American Roots, and Folk music where his mastery of acoustic guitar picking provides fine accompaniment to his vocals. Brent performs at coffee houses around the Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Brad Cattadoris - A Twin Cities singer-songwriter who performs eclectic acoustic Rock and Ballad Styles of music. His venues are primarily at coffee houses where he is singing his original songs of Love and Lifestyle at their better moments. Brad also likes to include a few cover classics from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Phyllis Solon

Sunday April 19
Art at Ginkgo
Artist reception: 3:30-4:30

As a psychologist I often see the worst of what violence and trauma do to people's lives and hearts and spirits. I witness first hand the devastation of anger and rage and ownership of people on a daily basis. I also see the strength and resiliency and beauty of the human spirit. Taking photos and sharing them with others helps me to see what is beautiful and right in the world. As I soften my gaze I can feel God's Grace. Hope then becomes manifest in a world that frequently disregards and destroys the vulnerable and the small. I have had the privilege to travel and teach in other parts of the world and am humbled by the strength and beauty of God's creation.

I believe that experiencing beauty is a birthright and my artwork is a reflection of what is freely given in the kingdom.
phyllis c. solon

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.

Genna and Jesse

Sunday, June 21
Geena and Jesse

Genna and Jesse are duo alchemy at its finest. Sweet and savory, raspy and smooth, together they create heartfelt, unique acoustic-soul music, featuring tight and soaring harmonies and energetic guitar and piano accompaniment. Whether they sing their own songs, or the well-chosen songs of their peers, audiences are along for the ride in an intimate, witty and inclusive show.


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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