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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.)


Anne Hills - Photo by Irene Young

Anne Hills
Thursday October 12
Anne Hills
7:30 pm
TIckets $14 (sales tax added)

"Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it's understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne's writing, in songs like 'Follow That Road' and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters."

— Tom Paxton

As a singer, actress, writer, and musician Anne Hills has continuously built a reputation of merit. During her career, she has received numerous honors and awards including, most recently, the 2012 Posi Music Award in Social Justice (for the song That Kind Of Grace – co-writer David Roth).

Though collaborative work is the keystone in Anne's career, it is her singing and interpretive gifts that have received the most attention. 1998 saw the release of Anne's performances on two of the most talked about compilations of the year, placing her voice along side Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, The Roches, Ani DiFranco and The Indigo Girl.

Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes

Friday, October 27
Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes
8 pm.
iIckets $12 in advance, $15 day of the show

Joy Zimmerman and Jimmy Dykes return to Ginkgo Coffeehouse and the Twin Cities with an eclectic array of Joy's original songs and cover tunes. Joy and Jimmy's dynamic instrumentals and vocal harmonies create acoustic electricity.

Richard Shindell

Friday, November 3
Richard Shindell
7:30 pm
Tickets $25 plus sales tax

Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York's Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow's Point (1992) to his current release, Careless (September 2016), Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song.
Shindell continues to tour nationally in the United States, with the occasional forays into Canada, the UK, and Europe. Although known primarily as songwriter, Shindell takes a more holistic view of his career. Producer, writer, singer, guitarist, interpreter: it all adds up to a life in music.

Tickets for Richard Shindell can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased at GINKGO coffeehouse (no service charge is added if tickets are purchased directly from GINKGO coffeehouse).

Carrie Newcomer

Saturday, November 11
Carrie Newcomer
7 pm
Hamline Church
Tickets $30

This event will be held at Hamline Church, one block from GINKGO coffeehouse. Tickets for this show are available on brownpapertickets.com or in person at GINKGO coffeehouse (721 N Snelling Ave)

Doors open at 6 pm. Beverages and desserts will be on sale before the show and during the intermission.

Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a "soaring songstress" by Billboard and a "prairie mystic" by the Boston Globe. The Austin Statesman described her as having "a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate" and Rolling Stone once said, she "asks all the right questions". Most simply put, the Dallas Morning News said "she's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think, and them say,'that is so true.'"

This evening is an opportunity to be surrounded by Carrie Newcomer's music and persona. It is an evening to enjoy.


Claudia Schmidt

Friday, Dec 1. 7:30 pm
Claudia Schmidt with Dean Magraw
Tickets $20 plus tax

Claudia Schmidt returns to GINKGO, to charm the audience with her stories, songs and spoken word. She is celebrating the release of her latest CD, Hark the Dark, a collection of songs celebrating winter.

Just when you think you know how much you enjoy Claudia Schmidt on stage, she pulls out a new song, an old song, a story or poem, with the audience unable to look away. Her voice is rich, and her personality is engaging.
Joining her on the stage is Dean Magraw. The chemistry between them is unrivaled, resulting in more stories, more laughter, and more music.



Ellis' 14th Annual Holiday Food Drive/ Ginkgo Celebration Concert
Saturday December 16th
$15 plus tax; bring non-perishable food items or $5 cash donation to food shelf

"If ever there was a feel-good folk musician, this is the woman – somebody who really does send you off feeling better about the world."
—John Davy, No Depression

There's just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis' performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts.


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
Free Family Show
Saturday, February 4
10 am

Jack and Kitty perform "organic vaudeville folk" for kids and families. They have been called "one of the most entertaining acoustic groups in the Midwest" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty's Emmy Award winning artistic approach. It's organic and acoustic. It's laid-back with positive vibes that appeal to all ages.

The "all ages appeal" comes from the years Jack and Kitty spent as co-creators and co-stars of the hit preschool kids television series "The Zinghoppers Show", which currently airs on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide and in 175 countries worldwide via the AFN Family Network. Nominated for six Emmy Awards, an average of 5 million families see Jack and Kitty every day.

Jack and Kitty have performed in 19 countries, toured for the US Pentagon, sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and have been performing professionally together for nearly ten years and are excited to be back in Minneapolis after an extended stint in Nashville.

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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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