See a list of past performances.

2015 Performances


Jan. 25
8:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church
Blomington, MN (map)
Some saw me at the Richardson Nature Center last fall and asked if I could come to their church to do some music. The answer was "yes!" So I'm helping with worship at 8:30 and 11am as well as doing a concert for the kids and families between services - c. 9:45-10:30am. That will probably be in the parish hall. It would be fun to have you with us!
Jan. 26
10:30 a.m.
Presentation of Mary Preschool
Maplewood, MN (map)
Doing a little Presentation presentation for the buglets today. Note: This program was rescheduled from Jan. 12th.


Feb. 6
9:30 a.m.
Concord Elementary School
Edina, MN (map)
My tenth year celebrating songs and stories with the Concord kindergarteners! We'll break out my magical trunk of rhythm spoons and - well, watch out! Second session at 11:30am.
Feb. 6
6:45 p.m.
Eagle View Elementary School
Breezy Point, MN (map)
Family Fun Night for the Pequot Lakes area Early Childhood Family Ed. folks.
Feb. 11
3:30 p.m.
Kinderberry Hill Child Center
Edina, MN (map)
My first time here. Doing fun stories and songs with the tiny ones. They're the best teachers ever.
Feb. 12
12:15 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
White Bear Lake, MN (map)
A program for the seniors.
Feb. 27
6:30 p.m.
Bonner Elementary School
Stewartville, MN (map)
Family Literacy Night at Bonner! I'll be doing some mini sessions about books, reading and all that good stuff. I can't wait to sing my song "Little Free Library."


March 8
9:50 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I'm happily on the rotation to provide music for the informal chapel service at Plymouth and this is my day. Yay!
March 10
9 a.m.
Triton Elementary School
Dodge Center, MN (map)
It's "Music in Our Schools Month" and I'm here to help! Two assemblies for the kids featuring the instruments I play, how songs happen and lots more. Second performance at 10.
March 15
9:15 a.m.
St. John Lutheran Church
Owatonna, MN (map)
A family concert between worship services in the fellowship hall. My third time here. Thanks, Pastor Dave!
March 15
2 p.m.
Owatonna Arts Center
Owatonna, MN (map)
A full-on JP concert. I'm expecting mostly adults, but if some kids show up - better yet!
March 19
Edinborough Park
Edina, MN (map)
A show for the buglets mostly. Everyone's welcome, of course, but I expect a big contingent of little ones.
March 20
6:05 p.m.
Cottage Grove District Program Center
Cottage Grove, MN (map)
Year #3 working with the South Washington County ECFE folks. Happy, bouncy preschool stuff for happy, bouncy preschool kids!
March 21
9 a.m.
Centennial Middle School
Lino Lakes, MN (map)
A truly interesting day! I'm working with a group called "Minnesota Future Problem Solvers." It's their annual competition and conference. It equips and challenges kids to apply creative thinking and imagination to crucial societal problems now and in the future. Wow, can I get behind that!


April 16
6 p.m.
Cloquet Middle School
Cloquet, MN (map)
A JP family concert for preschoolers-thru-grade-3 and their families. The gym might be a bit echoy, but we'll have fun anyway. I might have to do the "Gecko-Echo" song. What? You haven't HEARD it?! Come to the show and echo along!
April 28
5 p.m.
Lincoln Ele. School
Hibbing, MN (map)
A show for the Title One kids and families in Hibbing. I played at the local library last summer.


May 14
10 a.m.
West Suburban Women's Club
Plymouth, MN (map)
Private event. If you'd like to preview my work, let me know and I'll arrange it.
May 18
2:15 p.m.
Staples Elementary School
Staples, MN (map)
Songs and stories to promote the summer reading program. Go reading!
May 19
10 a.m.
Eagle Valley Elementary School
Clarissa, MN (map)
My second stop on my "Reading? Yes!" mini tour. "Push your borders beyond the stars where only the brave dare go - Read all about it ... and then you'll know!"
May 19
2:15 p.m.
Bertha Hewitt Elementary School
Bertha, MN (map)
Another fine opportunity to help kids get excited about reading. Gotta love it!
May 20
9:05 a.m.
Pine Island Elementary School
Pine Island, MN (map)
Finishing off the school year with my friends down at the Island!
May 29
10 a.m.
Creek Valley Elementary School
Edina, MN (map)
My 22nd year working with the K kids here at Creek Valley! I always look forward to sending the kids off to summer play with some good songs and stories.


June 5
10:30 a.m.
Buckham Memorial Library
Faribault, MN (map)
Yet another fun opportunity to celebrate books, reading and music with my friends at what I think is possibly the prettiest library in the state of Minnesota! Second show at 1:30pm for all you guys who slept in.
June 9
Centennial Lakes Park
Edina, MN (map)
Year #7 holding forth in the amphitheater at Centennial Lakes! We'll probably meet under the stage canopy - cozier and we're out of the sun. You can hear better, too. I'll be back at this venue on August 25th, too.
June 10
10 a.m.
Morris Public Library
Morris, MN (map)
My first time at this library out there on the Minnesota prairie. I'll be helping kick off the summer reading program, of course. Reading rocks and I don't mind saying and singing so.
June 10
2 p.m.
Perham Public Library
Perham, MN (map)
Last year was my first time to this library. We had so much fun we're doing it again! I don't play in lots of stone libraries, but this is one of them. Jinny, can you come?
June 11
10:30 a.m.
Park Rapids Public Library
Park Rapids, MN (map)
My 18th year performing at one of my favorite libraries ever! We're having the concert over at the local Lutheran church - thanks, Pastor Sara! Please join us if you're in the area. This show is often on of the high points of the year for me.
June 11
5:15 p.m.
Bemidji Middle School
Bemidji, MN (map)
I'm helping with the 21st Century Kids program celebrating reading and all that good stuff. It went so well last year that we're doing it again.
June 12
10:30 a.m.
Bemidji Public Library
Bemidji, MN (map)
Yet another fun time at the Bemidji Library! It's become a tradition I very much enjoy. Look for lots of songs and stories and with a sweet accent on reading.
June 15 to
June 19
Arrowhead Library Tour
various, MN (map)
I have the distinct privilege of again bringing my songs and stories to a number of libraries up in Minnesota's Arrowhead Region. We're working on the itinerary and will post it as soon as possible.
June 22 to
June 24
Arrowhead Library Tour
various, MN (map)
More stops along the way of the 2015 Arrowhead Library Tour! I'll post them soon. Hope you can come!
June 25
2 p.m.
Brainerd Public Library
Brainerd, MN (map)
A fun opportunity to reconnect with this library after a few years. "Read to the Rhythm" is the theme so expect a tantalizing barrage of books and music to fill the room and, hopefully, linger in a bunch of hearts. Please have your heart come if you can. And you might as well bring the rest of you, too.
June 25
6 p.m.
Music in the Park
Crosby , MN (map)
Jack holding forth for families in the park on all things summery, hopeful and creative. I've had a special request for my song "Little Free Library," so watch out. Shout out to the Chamber of Commerce - thanks, guys!


July 1
7 p.m.
Northfield Public Library
Northfield, MN (map)
This will be a kids/family concert on behalf of the library but held at a local park. Details forthcoming.
July 14
Augusburg Park
Richfield, MN (map)
I'm doing a concert for the kids down in a little hollow near the community center. If you'd lower yourself to join us, we'd like that! Oh, and the music's guaranteed to be uplifting so you're not risking much.
July 20
10:30 a.m.
Pleasant Hill Library
Hastings, MN (map)
Summer reading show for the Hastings kids.
July 22
11 a.m.
Chaska Public Library
Chaska, MN (map)
Yet more stories and songs erupting from a love of imagination and reading! I know it sounds dangerous and it can be, but come and join us anyway. Jenny and Mary E., hope you can come!
July 23
11 a.m.
Waconia Public Library
Waconia, MN (map)
Celebrating the joy of reading. Second show at 1pm.
July 25
11 a.m.
Recfest Bluegrass Festival
Milaca, MN (map)
The 6th annual. I did a workshop at this event last year and am returning with a tent show at 11:00am followed by two workshops: 1:00pm "American Folk Instruments" and 3:00pm "Songspinning."
July 27
1:30 p.m.
Victoria Public Library
Victoria, MN (map)
Songs and stories for the love of books! If you read me, come and join us!


Aug. 4
6:30 p.m.
Wildwood Library
Mahtomedi, MN (map)
My first time here. I was to have performed here in 2014 except their water pipes burst in a severe cold snap and the show got diverted elsewhere. Hopefully no major cold snaps in August!
Aug. 7
9:10 a.m.
Church of St. Timothy
Blaine, MN (map)
A fun little program to wind up VBS for the St. Timothy kids.
Aug. 19
11 a.m.
Steele County Free Fair
Owatonna, MN (map)
A return to the Steele County Fair after a hiatus of nearly thirty-five years! I've learned a lot since then and it will all be on display, so come and join us. 11:00 is geared toward kids and there's also a 1:30pm show for all ages.
Aug. 25
Centennial Lakes Park
Edina, MN (map)
My second of two annual summer concerts for the little ones here at Centennial Lakes. If you're a big one, well, that's okay, too!
Aug. 27
3 p.m.
Auburn Meadows
Waconia, MN (map)
A return visit to play for the seniors here. I'll do some JP stuff and also some good ol' sing-alongs.


Sept. 15
3:45 p.m.
Minnetonka, MN (map)
The Chris and Jack Duo with a return engagement for the seniors here. The "Chris" is my friend, Chris Becknell, who's a fine violinist and guitar player. In our duo I play harp guitar and Chris does fiddle. We always manage to have a fun time!
Sept. 19
1 p.m.
The Anderson Center
Red Wing, MN (map)
Another annual opportunity to hang out with the core of the children's literature community in Minnesota. My son, Peter, will be presenting about his upcoming book "How to Eat an Airplane" and I'll be doing song/story sets on the hour from one till four. This is a fabulous event. Hope to see you there!


Dec. 12
2 p.m.
ZRS Fossils and Gifts
Minneapolis, MN (map)
My good friends John and Kelly own this outstanding mineral/fossil shop. I get to play some in-store music for them this holiday shopping season. This is definitely the place to shop for the fossils in your life! I'll be playing until about six o'clock, maybe. Geologic time runs kinda slow though.
Dec. 17
10:20 a.m.
My Own Montessori
Elk River, MN (map)
My friend, Lynn, owns and operates this amazingly wonderful place for kids to learn and be. Each year she hosts an event she calls Good Will Tea for the families there and I get to be a part of it yet again. If you're a chid anywhere near Elk River, MN, this is where you belong.