2014 Performances

April

April 27
9:50 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
More family chapel service fun at Plymouth! If you come you might get to hear my songs "The Earth Day Jig" or "Forever Green and Blue."

May

May 8
7:30 p.m.
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Excelsior, MN (map)
JP music will flow in honor of the moms and daughters at Our Savior.
May 11
9:50 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
The big sanctuary service at Plymouth is quite an experience, but so is this little family chapel service. Come and join us!
May 12
12:20 p.m.
Church of the Risen Savior
Burnsville, MN (map)
My fourth time working with the SALT folks: Senior Adults Learning Together. You're never too old to learn and certainly never too old to sing and hear stories!
May 18
9:50 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Another adventure in the Plymouth chapel with the early family service.
May 28
9 a.m.
Keys School
Palo Alto, CA (map)
My fourteenth time playing at Keys! The first graders will be busy having fun somewhere else but the rest of us will be rocking out in the meeting room.
May 28
1:05 p.m.
Walnut Grove Elementary School
Pleasanton, CA (map)
Another visit thanks to my friend, Sharolyn. The show title? "The lJP Potpourri."
May 31
4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Fresno, CA (map)
My friend, Bekah, is getting married! I get to be part of a bluegrassy band, so watch out! We'll get those guys hitched up good and proper.

June

June 1
5:30 p.m.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
St. Paul, MN (map)
Cake and ice cream social with Jack Pearson for dessert!
June 4
10 a.m.
Creek Valley Elementary School
Edina, MN (map)
Year #21 doing songs and stories with the Creek Valley K kids! It's always a fun, fun time. Times to be verified.
June 5
7 p.m.
Hokah Public Library
Hokah, MN (map)
A time to get reacquainted with a library I haven't been to for awhile. In the beautiful SE Minnesota bluff country. Hills, caves, fossils, art, music and mystery!
June 6
10:40 a.m.
Island Lake Elementary School
Shoreview, MN (map)
My good friend, Cathy, is having me come to work with her kids on the last day of school. The energy will be high but the songs and stories will be sweet. I'll give 'em a good send-off!
June 7
4 p.m.
Swede Bend Church
Manson, IA (map)
This is a friend's wedding. My friend, Chris Becknell, will join me on violin - The Chris and Jack duo. Swede Bend is the first Evangelical Covenant church in the USA dating from 1861 and holds about eighty people. We'll make it ring, won't we, Chris? Ja.
June 12
10:30 a.m.
Park Rapids Library
Park Rapids, MN (map)
17th annual Park Rapids concert thanks to the library and Rick and Laura, owners extraordinaire of Companeros in Dorset, MN. You guys are the best! The fun just might be too much to take, so be careful. Just sayin. Oh, and the show will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, address above. Thanks for letting us use your space!
June 12
7 p.m.
Bemidji Public Library
Bemidji, MN (map)
Date tentative! Another rollicking annual show with my friends at the Bemidji library.
June 13
11:15 p.m.
Minnesota Square Dance Convention
Grand Rapids, MN (map)
A late night after-dance show for the convention goers. I'll pull out the fiddle and banjo for this one!
June 16
11 a.m.
Keewatin Public Library
Keewatin, MN (map)
The first of my 25-library summer tour with the Arrowhead Library System up here in north central Minnesota! These are places of iron ore, woods, lakes and snow, but hopefully not in mid June. Still ... you never know.
June 16
2 p.m.
Chisholm Public Library
Chisholm, MN (map)
Celebrating books and imagination up here on the Range!
June 17
10 a.m.
Cloquet Public Library
Cloquet, MN (map)
Library show in the town with the world's only Frank Lloyd Wright gas station.
June 17
3 p.m.
Moose Lake Public Library
Moose Lake, MN (map)
Songs & stories about books right in Robert Bly's backyard! Remind me to tell you the story about how Rbt. and his friends nearly got arrested for writing poems about ducks. In a duck blind. Without a license. What a guy!
June 18
10 a.m.
Cook Public Library
Cook, MN (map)
The MN Great Northern Library Tour continues!
June 18
3 p.m.
International Falls Public Library
International Falls, MN (map)
I did a show here late summer of 2013 and am now back for another round of musical story fun up here in "the nation's icebox" as it's called. Should be defrosted by then.
June 19
10:30 a.m.
Virginia Public Library
Virginia, MN (map)
Starting the day off right up here on the the Range with songs and stories. Did you know that the Cuyuna Range was named for a guy named Cuyler Adams and his dog, Una? So they say.
June 19
3 p.m.
Aurora Public Library
Aurora, MN (map)
I can almost see those colors dancing in the sky now! I'll have to stay till after sunset to see if it lives up to its name.
June 20
noon
Babbit Public Library
Babbit, MN (map)
The Great Northern MN Library Tour in full gear! Banjo greased and ready to go. Let the music roll!
June 20
3 p.m.
Ely Public Library
Ely, MN (map)
Ely's a fun, arty town with a big dose of back woods, decent food and B&Bs. Check out Will Steger's shop on the main street where they make everything they sell. Right there. It's cool and amazing! Oh, and so is the show I'm doing at the library!
June 21
10 a.m.
Baudette Public Library
Baudette, MN (map)
I don't often get this far afield in MN, but I'm looking forward to playing here. Way up there on the border where folks think their own thoughts and dress any ol' way they please. I should fit right in!
June 22
11 a.m.
Birchdale United Cong'l Church
Birchdale, MN (map)
Details aren't in focus just yet but there's a persistent rumor that I'll be hanging around the church today and playing some music for worship or what-have-you. The place is small but very much alive. Kind of like me.
June 23
noon
Gilbert Public Library
Gilbert, MN (map)
More Iron Range book/reading shenanigans!
June 23
3 p.m.
Hoyt Lakes Public Library
Hoyt Lakes, MN (map)
The tour forges bravely ahead! I haven't played in Hoyt Lakes before but I'm looking forward to it. And to the Hoyt cuisine I've heard about.
June 24
noon
Grand Rapids Public Library
Grand Rapids, MN (map)
I get to perform at this beautiful library again. Been there before but it's been awhile. Suzanne N., if you come I'll take you to lunch and we'll have us a time. And bring your friends to the show.
June 24
3 p.m.
Coleraine Public Library
Coleraine, MN (map)
Songs and stories smack dab on top of glacial till deposits from twelve thousand years ago. Bet there's an agate or two in there, too. Betcha my banjo. No, wait. Maybe my uke.
June 25
10 a.m.
Calumet Public Library
Calumet, MN (map)
The word 'calumet' is a native term referring to a peace pipe. I might have to research that when I get to town and see what the connection is. Come to my show, though, and you'll come out more peaceful than when you came in!
June 25
1:30 p.m.
Mountain Iron Public Library
Mountain Iron, MN (map)
A new addition to my summer Arrowhead Library Tour! Join us for a grand time of songs and stories, then it's up to Naniboujou Lodge and Grand Marias.
June 26
10:30 a.m.
Grand Marais Public Library
Grand Marias, MN (map)
Way up here on the Arrowhead of Minnesota. Chilly water, outrageous doughnuts and artists abound around here. I'll be abounding with them. Check out the show if you're in the area. If you get tired, turn in at the Mangy Moose.
June 26
3 p.m.
Silver Bay Public Library
Silver Bay, MN (map)
Doin' a buncha travelin'. With a Grand Marais doughnut to fortify me this promises to be one great show!
June 29
9:50 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I'll be helping with the family worship service in the chapel. Smaller than the big one in the sanctuary but fun and meaningful.
June 30
3 p.m.
Two Harbors Public Library
Two Harbors, MN (map)
A fun town and what promises to be a fun show spinning tales and tunes around a theme of reading.

July

July 1
10:30 a.m.
Duluth Public Library
Duluth, MN (map)
Still rolling on my library tour. Whew! Doing the harbor town today with more to come. Second show at 1:30pm. Come join us but don't get all distracted by the iron ore boats floating by.
July 2
10 a.m.
Carlton Public Library
Carlton, MN (map)
Ducking down a bit for more song/story fun just south of Duluth.
July 2
3 p.m.
Eveleth Public Library
Eveleth, MN (map)
Back up on the Range. Not home on the range, mind you, but I'll make myself at home as best I can. Come on over for a visit at my place. The Eveleth Public Library!
July 3
noon
Hibbing Public Library
Hibbing, MN (map)
I played here late summer of '13. Another good time doing music and telling stories in Bob Dylan's home town. They've got a nifty Bob exhibit in the basement of the library, as I recall. Maybe I'll hang out there for a bit of inspiration before the show. "How does it feeeelll ... "
July 3
3 p.m.
Marble Public Library
Marble, MN (map)
Last stop on the Great Minnesota Northern Library Tour 2014! I'll give them the best I've got and then it's back home to rest up for awhile.
July 8
10 a.m.
Caponi Art Park
Eagan, MN (map)
I'll be presenting my "Forever Green & Blue" program for kids and families. Environmental awareness in a whirl of stories and songs! It's "Family Fun Tuesday" at the park. First time I've been here.
July 8
1:30 p.m.
Roseville Public Library
Roseville, MN (map)
What else? Touting the joy of books, reading and imagination!
July 9
10:30 a.m.
Burnhaven Public Library
Burnsville, MN (map)
I don't recall ever having played here before, so get ready!
July 9
5:30 p.m.
Delano Central Park
Delano, MN (map)
"Pizza in the Park" fundraiser for the Delano Library. I'll be doing three 20-min. sets 5:30-7pm. Come and support our library friends!
July 10
10 a.m.
Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
Edina, MN (map)
My soon-to-be-friend, Heather Miller, asked me to come and work with the kids at the church's Peace Camp. The kids learn about things that make for peace - in themselves and in the world. Sign me up! Heather loves children's literature, so we might need to work that in, too.
July 14
10:30 a.m.
Moir Park
Bloomington, MN (map)
Another summer of song/story fun at Moir! Good friends always seem to show up at this one. Maybe you can be one of them?
July 15
noon
Centennial Lakes Park
Edina, MN (map)
Another year of two shows at the amphitheater at Centennial Lakes. Geared mostly to preschool, but fun for everyone, too. My might even meet my mom who's 90 and lives nearby. I got a lot of my music from her.
July 16
10:30 a.m.
Nisswa Childrens' Library
Nisswa, MN (map)
A totally cool and whimsical library for kids built on the largesse of a local resort family. My second time there. Maybe I'll even get in on the legendary Nisswa turtle races!
July 16
2 p.m.
Perham Public Library
Perham, MN (map)
My first time at this library a bit southeast of Detroit Lakes. It took some doing but we got a date that works and this is it!
July 23
10:30 a.m.
Jessie Hallett Memorial Library
Crosby, MN (map)
Preschool story hour at this fun little independent library. Thanks, Peggi!
July 23
8 p.m.
Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Deerwood, MN (map)
My first time here at Ruttger's. It's one of the premiere lodges in Minnesota and has been family-owned and operated since 1898! Looks like I'll be doing a little camp-firey sing-along concert. We'll even invite the walleyes.
July 24
9 a.m.
Jessie Hallett Memorial Library
Crosby, MN (map)
Grand finale performances for the summer reading program here at the Hallett Library. The 9am show is for grades 3-6 with a K-2 show at 10:45am. Might be time to trot out the fireworks display and the dancing porcupines...
July 25
10:30 a.m.
Buckham Memorial Library
Faribault, MN (map)
My sixth time at one of my favorite libraries ever! This library has a sealed off secret room that no one can ever remember being in. Hmmm. Don't ask about it if you come. It's ... well, secret!
July 26
1 a.m.
Recfest Bluegrass Festival
Milaca, MN (map)
This festival runs July 25-27, but I'll be there on Saturday the 26th doing a one-hour folk instrument workshop. We'll kinda focus on the fun, little ones like limberjack, rhythm spoons and jawharp.
July 30
11 a.m.
Chaska Public Library
Chaska, MN (map)
I don't believe I've performed at this library before so it will be fun! Always nice to make new friends. Second show at 12:30pm. We'll be celebrating books and reading, naturally.
July 31
3 p.m.
Auburn Meadows
Waconia, MN (map)
Helping out celebrating some birthdays!

August

Aug. 5
11 a.m.
Chanhassen Public Library
Chanhassen, MN (map)
Another new library for me. Doing another show at 1:00pm, too. Maybe I'll invite all the books to come. No, wait. Then we'd have to have it out on the lawn...
Aug. 8
11 a.m.
Ojibway Park amphitheater
Woodbury, MN (map)
A return after a few years to share tales and tunes with the kids and families here at Ojibway. This group tends to be largely preschoolers but you're all welcome, of course.
Aug. 15
noon
Douglas County Fair
Alexandria, MN (map)
I used to attend this fair as a child and now have an opportunity to perform there as an adult! I hope they still have my favorite ride - the Tilt-A-Whirl. We'll be celebrating Alex's 125th civic anniversary. Second show at 2pm.
Aug. 16
3 p.m.
New London Music Festival
New London, MN (map)
Henry's in first grade at Prairie Woods Elementary School here in New London. I came to sing songs at this school and he liked it so much he got me invited to this festival that his dad coordinates! Way to go, Henry, and I sure hope you can come to help me sing that day! Time to be confirmed.
Aug. 21
noon
Centennial Lakes Park
Edina, MN (map)
Another noon concert for kids. We'll meet under the roof in the amphitheater. Keeps the sun off and we can all hear better. Come if you can, Katy S., and bring the boys!
Aug. 22
7 p.m.
Annandale Municipal Park
Annandale, MN (map)
A family concert in the park here in Annandale for the locals and vacationing lake cabin folks. Stop by a shop called "All Things Good" on Main St. while you're there. You'll be glad you did. Oh, and I'll be joined by my good friend, Scott Malchow, on bass, dobro and guitar. Bring some requests and get ready for a good time!
Aug. 28
11:30 a.m.
Burnsville Senior Center
Burnsville, MN (map)
Another round of songs and stories with the good folks in Burnsville.

September

Sept. 12
8:30 p.m.
Camp Lebanon
Burtrum, MN (map)
It's been a spell since I played here at Lebanon but now it's time to tell stories for the dads and daughters. Music too, naturally.
Sept. 14
9:30 a.m.
Oak Hill Lutheran Brethren Church
Bloomington, MN (map)
I get to help kick off the new church program year with some JP songs and stories. If you came, we'd all be happier still!
Sept. 19
9 a.m.
Oakwood Elementary School
Plymouth, MN (map)
A fellow I worked with years ago asked me to come and play for the kids here, so here we go! The 9am show will be for grades K-2 and there's another performance at 10am for 3-5. Songs, stories, reading, instruments, you know. The Good Stuff!
Sept. 20
1 p.m.
the Anderson Center
Red Wing, MN (map)
The 15th annual Celebration of MN Childrens' Authors and Illustrators. The best quality people in the entire state tend to show up at this event, folks. Why, I'll even be there myself! All kinds of fun stuff going on with visiting authors, stilt walking, music, food, marbles and ... well, just come! JP sets starting at 1, 2, 3 & 4pm.
Sept. 27
4 p.m.
Richardson Nature Center
Bloomington, MN (map)
I remember Mike from when he was in grade school but now he's running the nature center! Thanks for having me, Mike! I'm doing 30-min. shows at 4:00, 4:45 and 5:30pm for "Party on the Prairie." Kid/family friendly!

October

Oct. 5
1 p.m.
Nemadji Research Center
Bruno, MN (map)
The Oak Lake/Trinity Lutheran Health Council is sponsoring this concert. It's open to everyone with refreshments following. I hope to see my old friend, Nate there. Nate, are you listening? Or reading, I mean?