TWIN CITIES FOLK
(Formerly used for Mighty Fine Dances, and Friday Night
Dances at Scooter's)
updated February, 2013
Hey all you regular visitors,
before you jump ahead make sure you read the important notice below!
This webpage contains announcements of special folk (s.l.) events that come to
my attention, in particular lesser-publicised happenings. This is not meant to
be an exhaustive listing of all folk or related events in the Twin Cities, but
rather ones which I thought might be less well known. Unfortunately I don't
have the information to constantly update a comprehensive listing of folk
events in the area, but the links at the end of this page
provide additional information, especially about the better known venues.
Dances or concerts are as likely, if not more so, to be found at one of these
linked venues as to be listed on this page. They just have their own websites
and I don't need to list their schedules too.
I've started adding comments and
update dates in square brackets.
The final(?) word on this website is
that the university is no longer providing webspace for alumni, though I should
(providing they do not change their minds about this too) continue to have an
email account (after paying a lot of money for it). This website was supposed
to be gone mid-2008 and is still here, so I suspect it slipped between the
cracks and is on borrowed time. Unfortunately the interface for updating this site is
very fussy so I will not be updating it regularly. It is important you try to verify an event is taking place
since this page may be very out of date before I update it again.
As a general note,
both Minneapolis and St. Paul have now banned smoking in bars, restaurants, and
Night Social Dances (Cajun, Zydeco), Used
to be at the Half Time Rec in St. Paul. Now at the Eagles Club on Lake St. in Minneapolis. Band
varies weekly. Usually couples dancing, currently mostly Cajun and Zydeco.
Dance lessons before the dance. [It looks like the link to the calendar is
broken but they are still going in Feb. 2013]
Night Square Dance November 2005
Update: After many years of dancing and great music at the Half-Time Rec
in St.Paul, the Monday Night Square Dance has moved to the Eagles Club in
Minneapolis. The dance is on the first Monday of the month from 7:30 - 10:30
p.m. The Eagles Club is open to the public, has an excellent dance floor
and is smoke-free. It is located at 2507 E. 25th St. in south Minneapolis
(25th Ave. S. and 25th St., half way between Franklin Ave. and Lake St.)
Their phone is 612-729-4469. [I believe there is a $5 cover charge - BH]
Friday New England Contra Dance Celtic Junction (CJ
website), 836 Prior Ave. St. Paul. Lessons 6:30 p.m., Dance 7-10 p.m.
[Used to be first Saturday dance at the Oddfellow’s Hall. 2013]
Singers Club monthly singing session
is at Keegan's Irish Pub in Minneapolis (the same one that has the Irish
Sunday session) from 3pm to 5pm the last Sunday of each month. Also
occasional concerts of unaccompanied traditional singing featuring a
special guest singer.† More information on their website: www.singclub.org
Music/Bluegrass jam Third Sunday of
each month at May Day Cafe from 3-5 PM at 3440 Bloomington Avenue South in
Minneapolis Minnesota. Bring music to share for the newbies and all levels
are welcome, beginners are the focus but no one turned away.
And Third Saturday Mornings Cajun Jam
Betsy's Backporch closed for good. The Cajun Jam continues at The Coffee
Grounds in Falcon Heights [this is about halfway between Minneapolis and
St. Paul downtowns, near Como Park]. The address is 1579 Hamline Avenue
North. Instrument lessons for the season finish up in May ; the jams
will continue over the summer [I suggest calling ahead to confirm this
-B]. They will be held the first and third Saturdays except on July 4.
Lessons will resume in the fall. The lessons last from 9:45 until 10:30
AM; the jam then continues until 1 PM. [Updated May 2009]
Folk, and Jazz at Merlin's Rest Merlin's
Rest has a Tuesday night folk jam, and it is rumored Friday is also an
informal jam night. I haven't been to either but I think this is another
migration of the old Molly Quinn's Irish crowd. 3601 E. Lake St.,
Minneapolis - 612 216 2419 [Updated May 2009]
Night Old-Time Music. The Oddfellow’s
Hall finally closed. There is
an informal jam that appears to be in a person’s home but I do not have
information that I want to post on a public web site.
Acoustic Jam Saturdays starting at 1
P.M Acoustic instruments and singers, blues, bluegrass, country, old time,
whatever! All skill levels welcome. Dunn Bros. 2583 West 7th St., St. Paul
651-699-4449. [I found this on craigslist.org so I have no additional
information -B]. [Udated February 2009].
Morning Old-Time Music. Old
Time. Black Bear Crossing in Como
Park, St. Paul. [Used to be at a coffee house on University Ave. for
several years. Feb. 2013]
Parking may be tricky.
Wednesday Old-Time and Bluegrass jam.
on the NW corner of Snelling and Minnehaha (about 1 mile N of I94) in St.
Paul. 7 p.m.
Evening Irish Session. O'Gara's Pub
[This session is no longer taking place. Sept. 2007]
Early Evening Irish Session.
Keeghan's Bar, Minneapolis (on University Ave. opposite Surdyk's liquor
store, just west of Hennepin Ave, north of downtown MPLS and north of the
river). Instrumental Irish music. Session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The bar
has requested musicians adhere to the finishing time. Intended for
intermediate to advanced players. Seating is limited.
music Session at Hobgoblin Music/Stony End Harps in Red Wing, Minnesota. Sessions are the 4th Sunday of every month
starting at 6:00 PM. The sessions are held one mile south of the
intersection of US Hwy 61 and Minnesota 19. Look for a huge grey barn on
the West side of the road, green roof, with a poem on the side! Sessions
are smoke-free. Call (877) 866-3936 for information. (Note, this replaces:
Monday Evening Irish Session in Rochester, Minnesota.)
Evening Irish Session. Kieran's Irish
Pub, 330 2nd Ave So., downtown Minneapolis, (612) 339-4499. Instrumental
Irish music. Session starts about 9 p.m.and is intended for fairly
experienced players. (Parking tip: Head north on Marquette, [1 block west
of 2nd. Ave.], just past 5th Street. Kieran's will give you a ticket to
park free at the Downtown Auto Park.) See also link below.
out the Homestead
Pickin' Parlor jam page for bluegrass and folksinging sessions on
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 6625 Penn Ave So.
Richfield, MN (about 10 miles S. of downtown Minneapolis, take the Penn
Ave. exit off Hwy 62, head south about 1 mile, in the small strip mall on
the left) (612) 861-3308 (phone).
check the Minnesota
Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association for information about
night weekly Nordic acoustic music jam
at the Northfield Eagles Club, 304 Water Street South, Northfield, MN.
Participants and listeners at all ages and levels of experience are
welcome! Friendly, non-smoking pub atmosphere. Supportive learning
environment. Free. More
Information [updated Sept. 2007]
Check the MetroTransit site for more
information on buses.
The Oddfellows Hall is close to the number 16 and 87 buses.
A major venue for Twin Cities folkdancing (also
Music in the Upper Midwest
The Cedar Cultural
Mostly folk/ethnic concerts; occasional dances,
Irish Music and Dance information
International dance, Twin Cities.
Dance Gypsy Site
Dance information, mostly for New England and
select other locations.
Terry Gardner/Cindy Gardener (Geiger)'s swing
Classes and events for various kinds of
Guitar/hammered dulcimer duo
New Folk Collective
Singer/songwriter folk concerts
Home on the Range
Community Dance Association,
Dances in the Iron Range, northern Minnesota
(does not include Tamarack dances)
Ethnic dance performances
General Irish info. for midwest. Image
intensive with frames, so slow loading.
Minnesota Cajun and Zydeco Music and Dance Association
Status of organization uncertain but the
website is down.
Site with dance information for the US
Weekly folk concerts, open stage, jams
Scandinavian band (now disbanded and domain
name used by somebody else)
Cities Acoustic Music Calendar
Cities Irish Music and Dance Association Page
Local band listings, major events
Dance and Music Calendar
Local Irish dances
Barndances in Maiden Rock, WI
International listing of contradance venues
St. Paul Czech and Slovak
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