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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.)


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

Sunday Nov. 6
Rebecca Loebe & Jesse Terry

Experience two beloved, internationally touring singer/songwriters in one intimate show. Longtime friends Jesse Terry and Rebecca Loebe are teaming up for a five-state tour of the Midwest that will combine their powerful voices and award-winning songs for an unforgettable night. A must-see show!

A grand prize winner in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest and a first place winner in the International Songwriting Competition, Jesse Terry has recently performed at Bonnaroo, Musikfest and the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival. Terry's music has been featured in the CW's "Hart of Dixie", PBS's "Roadtrip Nation" and ABC's "Forever."

You may have seen Rebecca Loebe, currently celebrating her 10th year on tour, on the first season of NBC's "The Voice," where coaches Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine fought to work with her after her show-stopping rendition of Nirvana's Come As You Are. A winner of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Award, she tours non-stop and was recently ranked #9 on Alternate Root Magazine's annual listing of the 30 Best Female Singers in America.

Together, Jesse and Rebecca have opened for and toured with the likes of The Civil Wars, Paula Cole, Gregory Alan Isakov, Marty Balin and Darrell Scott. Along the way, they have sold out legendary venues, concert series and theaters all over the US, the UK, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.



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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