So Now What?!?!
A New Comedy Show!
Starring Jason Schommer and Friends!
Saturday, March 16th
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
Tickets: $18 General Admission
Back by popular demand after sell-out shows, Jason Schommer returns to Great River Arts with the new comedy show “So Now What?!?”!
Audiences will be rolling in the aisles with laughter when Jason takes to the stage and hilariously shares his truly one-of-a-kind perspective on everyday life and all its ups and downs! Jason keeps the audience on the edge of their seats roaring with side-splitting laughs with a hysterical and unique take on everything from kooky family dynamics, decisions gone wrong, life’s unexpected moments, pop culture madness and so much more!
Making a special appearance is guest comedian Jodie Maruska! Jodie returns to the Great River Arts stage with her clever joke writing and gut-busting take on aging and life’s challenges.
This evening of non-stop laughs also includes a special performance of “Prudence Pan” (a spoof of Peter Pan) by Prudence from Bowlus and her Theatre Troup! This hilarious parody with a special local twist is based on the timeless tale of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys as they battle the evil Captain Hook and pirates! Join Prudence from Bowlus as Prudence Pan and her nemesis Rhonda (Robyn Gray) as Capt. Hook as they outrageously tackle this classic story packed full of local references! Adding to the hilarious chaos is Rick Converse, Allen Riedeman, Lindsey Derry, Julie Richgels, Kenny Simon, Patricia Soltis, Karen Converse, Pat Arnold, Randy Soltis, Melissa Peterson, Laurie Koll, and Gary Block playing various roles.
Audience favorite Kelly Cordes returns on piano and vocals with pre-show and intermission music. Kelly continues to wow audiences with her powerful voice and emotional delivery of songs that range from well-known hits from the top of the charts to hidden gems and deep album cuts.
Kelly Cordes has been performing since the age of 13, and has opened for many popular bands including Diamond Rio, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many more at country music festivals throughout the US. As a musician, Kelly plays a variety of music ranging from rock, country, pop, and blues. Kelly is also known to audiences throughout central Minnesota as the co-host of the morning radio show on Minnesota’s New Country 98.1 and host of “It Matters with Kelly Cordes” on WJON AM1240.
Jodie Maruska may have grown up in Minnesota, but using the restroom at Cabella’s is as close to camping as she gets! After being asked for her autograph the first night she performed standup, Jodie knew she had found her calling. 20+ years later, she is a comedy veteran who has performed across the country in clubs, at events, theaters, casinos, colleges and yes, even a couple of backyards. In the Twin Cities, she can be seen regularly at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and the Comedy Corner Underground. In 2017, she made her debut appearance in the 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, where she was thrilled to be a part of the “Best of the Festival” show! Jodie appeals to audiences of all ages and uses her familiar “Minnesota-nice” demeanor to great, unexpected comedic effect. Just don’t ask her to go fishing!
Jason Schommer is a standup comedian and storyteller who spent two years as the opening act for comedy legend Louie Anderson in Las Vegas and toured with Louie regularly. Comedy icon Louie Anderson said “Jason is funny, clever, smart, and on his way to the big time!”. As a stand up comic, Jason has performed in clubs and theaters all over the USA as well as Canada and for the US Military in Japan. A regular performer at The Moth, Jason has won numerous Story Slam competitions and was invited to perform at the GrandSlam at The Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul in 2016 and 2023 and in 2018 at The Guthrie Theater and The Pantages Theater in 2022. Jason has been heard nationally on The Moth Radio Hour as well as featured on the podcast. Jason has worked in New York City for The Rosie O’Donnell Show and has worked behind the scenes in Hollywood as a stand in for Louie Anderson on the FX television series Baskets. In 2017 Jason released his first live comedy album “Confessions of a Local Celebrity”. Most recently Jason went viral on TikTok by starring in a video with Dave Ryan from KDWB and hitting over 5.3 million views.
Come one, come all for a laughter yoga session. No experience or mat needed, just your laughter, or smile, or gibberish :) So come on down to the corner and jumpstart your Friday morning with some belly laughter and maybe a few chuckles.
(check calendar for holidays)
Thursday, March 21st
5:00-7:30pm, Bar opens at 5:00 class starts at 5:30pm
Get step by step instructions to create your own mountain scene artwork. In this class learn about shades/tints and mix your own colors. This class is open to ages 21+. Class size limit 20.
Register online here, or call 320-632-0960.
Music & Meditation
What's a sound bath?? A sound bath is a meditative experience where those in attendance are “bathed” in sound waves. Sound waves at different frequencies are used to realign the cells in your body to their natural and optimal vibrational state.
What do I bring? To prepare, bring everything you need to stay warm and comfy - yoga mat, blankets, pillows. If you prefer to sit, you are welcome to do so. Typically, to fully enjoy a sound bath, one will close their eyes, absorbing the experience auditorily and physically.
Friday, April 12
Doors 6pm, Show 7pm
ABOUT THE LONG WAY HOME
This Americana/Rock/Country band formed in 2023 brings together Platinum Recording Artist and Songwriter Michael Shynes (Over 300+ Million YouTube Views and over 100+ Million Streams) and Renowned Musician/Performer Tommy Vee (Son of Legendary Singer Bobby Vee, has backed the likes of Paul McCartney, Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry to name a few).
It was born out of a desire to create ‘real authentic guitar driven music’ at a time when digital and AI are said to control the creative future. This band begs to differ, and seeks to prove that you are truly missing something when removing the human element from performed music.
Recording their records in a one of a kind space and on analog gear at Tommy’s famed Rockhouse Studio in Saint Joseph, MN, the band’s core also features Tommy’s son Bennett Vee (who has also backed Setzer as well as Quinn Sullivan), one of the bright young stars in the next wave of performers to come out of the Midwest. Bennett’s pocket on the drums is second to none, and he seems to have inherited much by way of prodigious sensibilities that will no doubt continue to elevate the Vee name in Rock and Country circles.
Producing their records is ‘Wonder Kid’ Isaac Levy who has his own musical bloodlines from Father Noah Levy and Uncle Adam Levy, both considered to be royalty in the Twin Cities music scene and beyond. At only 20 years old, Isaac is working hand in hand with iconic Producer Ryan Lewis and seems to possess a skill set that wows both young musicians and the most seasoned of performers alike. His proficiency on guitar, bass, and drums ability to produce commercial sounds while emphasizing craft make his talents both diverse and rare in scope.
Joining this core for studio and live performances are some of the finest musicians from the Twin Cities. And their ‘typical’ lineup features a wall of two electric guitars and lapsteel, with the warmth of Hammond/B3 and upright tones, rooted in the rhythmic underbelly of bass and drums, and finishes with acoustic guitar and soulful vocal tones. Catch this musical act while you can, as they are certain to be going places.
Pay class by class orrrrr save BIG when you buy a 10 Class Punch Card or 5 Class Punch Card - (includes all tools, glazes, and firings as well as 10 or 5 lbs of clay. Additional clay costs $1 per lb) Your punch card will be kept at the front desk, making each class check-in as simple as a wave, a smile, and a *click*.
***Work time is Wednesday through Friday 11am-5pm & Saturday 10:30-1:30pm
This program is open to ages 14+ with a class size limit of 8.
Member $15, Non-Member $20. Pre-registration required.
Time to work in the studio to practice with clay. Pinch pots, slab bowls, throwing, ect. Interested to try clay? Come in and see what's going on, no long-term commitment. (***this is not a wheel throwing class - although we have an upcoming class taught by Rachel Gold on October 25th & 27th)
To register call 320-632-0960 or visit https://greatart.org/products/open-ceramics-studio
GRA now offer's a monthly Paint Your Own Pottery class - the first Wednesday of the month. Down in the studio we have a variety of ceramics ready to be painted ranging from $5-$20! Spot reservation is $5 and includes glazes and firing. At the class choose your pottery piece for a variety of pre-made pieces (cost of pottery item not included in reservation fee).
- Wednesday, February 7th @ 5:30-6:30
- Wednesday, March 6th @5:30-6:30
- Wednesday, April 3rd @5:30-6:30