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Charles Gilbert Kapsner Salon 2018

Collaborations III

OCTOBER 12, 2018

doors 6:30 pm
show 7:30 pm

Join celebrated master painter Charles Gilbert Kapsner and a select group of guest artists for the 2018 installment of this venerated and spectacular exhibition event! Featuring artwork in a variety of media and materials by Charles and a handful of invited artists, with a special musical performance by Harper's Chord.

Guests will also be greeted with a wine tasting provided by Coborn's Liquor and a craft beer tasting provided by D&D Beverage. 



Featuring a special performance from Harper’s Chord




OCTOBER 19, 2018

doors 6:30 pm
show 7:30 pm

$18 Tickets

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music!

Small but noteworthy


Desdamona featuring DJ KOOL AKIEM

OCTOBER 26, 2018

doors 6:30 pm
show 7:30 pm

$12 Tickets

Desdamona is an international award-winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sounds, and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to Hawaii to Puerto Rico to Germany; gracing some of Hip Hop and poetrys most illustrious stages.

Desdamona is recognized as a Minnesota Hip Hop Pioneer. Although she came onto the Minneapolis scene in 1997 and wasnt the first to grab the mic, she paved the way for ladies who rock the mic in the Twin Cities and was the first female MC widely known for not only rockin mics but as a promoter, community organizer and teaching artist.

From underground mixtapes in the early nineties and the various Micranots releases, to 2006's Mixtape Deluxe, DJ Kool Akiem has been providing a steady diet of funk to the public for years now. Lacing ornate and eclectic samples over rugged drum hits and 808 kicks, Kool Akiem's productions have a distinct feeling that provide just the right amount of stimulation not to take attention away from the lyrics of his various collaborators. While most producers stick to a time-tested formula, Kool Ak constantly keeps it fresh by reinventing his production style without losing the urgent bump that folks have grown to expect from his tracks.

Fall Dinner Theater

Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling
Directed by Beth Selinger

November 8, 9 & 10 and November 15 , 16 & 17
with matinees on Sunday, November 11 & 18


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blood brother: Philip Westfall

November 30, 2018

doors 6:30 pm
show 7:30 pm

$12 Tickets

Blood Brother (Philip Westfall) is a Minnesota-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He uses this specific combination of skills to simultaneously perform all of the parts of his compositions live using instruments and mechanical contraptions he has designed and built. His dynamic, sweeping voice has drawn comparisons to Thom Yorke, while the sonic texture of his music is reminiscent of Neko Case's Blacklisted, with catchy but smart arrangements that evoke The Beatles or Elliott Smith.


Michael Shynes

December 7, 2018

doors 6:30 pm
show 7:30 pm

Little Falls musician returns to the place it all started with a concert performance at the newly renovated Great River Arts. Shynes recently released his new album, “There Goes the Devil,” and played a concert in Gdansk, Poland. He has toured the country and internationally and played with platinum recording artists including Howie Day. Shynes has worked to become one of the most sought after acoustic performers and songwriters in the Midwest. He has an ability to blend shades of multiple genres over an acoustic landscape, and his songs are ripe with lyrical depth rarely paired with mainstream appeal. "The thing that seems to separate Shynes is unquestionably his voice and phrasing. With a range and falsetto that is nothing short of captivating, his acoustic finger picking style acts as the perfect bed of warmth on which his soulful lyrics can rest."

Church of Cash

January 24 & 25, 2019

doors 6:30 pm
show 7:30 pm

 Jay "Jayder" Kalk formed Church of Cash in sunny Honolulu back in 2010. With an uncanny grasp of the Man in Black's catalog and many years of experience touring the United States, Europe and Asia, Jayder has returned to his Minnesota home to spread the gospel of one of the world's most important and enduring songwriters. The Church of Cash is true to the music of Johnny Cash, and singer Jayder's deep baritone voice sings like a prairie breeze and stomps like a boot heel. Road-tested and always road-ready, The Church of Cash is celebrating the soul of American Music. 

What the Church of Cash has that no one else can match is their loyalty to the song and the message that Johnny left to all of us. The band merely keeps this word alive with a youthful spirit that has entertained audiences completely. Last year, Church of Cash played TWO sold out shows, so don’t wait!