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2015 Performances

April

April 7
1:15 p.m.
Shakopee Senior High School
Shakopee, MN (map)
My 6th year having the privilege of working with my Shakopee friends with "Shakopee Celebrates Reading." Imagine six hundred first graders packed into an auditorium and all excited about reading! Yep. Like songs and stories in an inner tube on the Colorado River, but what fun!
April 13
10 a.m.
Coon Rapids Daycare Center
Coon Rapids, MN (map)
Time tentative, but fun guaranteed!
April 14
10:30 a.m.
Kinderberry Hill Childcare Center
Eden Prairie, MN (map)
My first time here. If I were a buglet here at Kinderberry Hill I'm pretty sure I'd be happy to have me come and sing songs and tell stories. Fun and adventure in the offing!
April 15
3:45 p.m.
Jeremiah Program Childrens' Center
St. Paul, MN (map)
I get to help with songs at this place that helps single moms with education and housing.
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

May 2
11:30 a.m.
Market Street Station
Chanhassen, MN (map)
The first of three mall events with Nancy Carlson, local children's book author. I might be strolling around playing banjo or doing a focused performance. Hard to say just yet, but I'll be there and the musical story fun will flow!
May 6
1 p.m.
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
St. Paul, MN (map)
Hangin' out with the seniors today and singing for my supper. Uh ... lunch.
May 7
1 p.m.
Hayes Elementary School
Fridley, MN (map)
Hayes has been selected as a Minnesota School of Excellence under the leadership of my friend, John Piotraschke. Well done, everybody! I get to help them all celebrate today. I'll be doing two short shows for the kids. Second one at 1:45pm. We'll be inside in the gym. FYI, I've worked more closely and for longer with Hayes than any other school I've ever been to.
May 13
1:30 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I'm dropping in to the Drop In Center here at Plymouth and dropping off a load of songs, sing-alongs and stories.
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 14
4 p.m.
Lake Harriet Christian Childcare Center
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I get to help the little guys graduate from preschool. The grown-up world of kindergarten awaits, so we'll sing songs of "you can do it!" and "way to go!" Thanks for the opportunity to come back, Meredith!
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 21
12:45 p.m.
Cross of Glory Baptist Church
Hopkins, MN (map)
A little program for the seniors here at Cross of Glory.
May 22
1:30 p.m.
Kimberly Lane Elementary School
Plymouth, MN (map)
Winding down the school year with some great songs and stories for the kids here at Kimberly Lane! If you need to come, well, then you do!
May 23
11:30 a.m.
Southtown Shopping Center
Bloomington, MN (map)
Music at an event with my friend, Nancy Carlson. Nancy's a beloved local author of lots of children's books, so this will be fun! Come out and join us. I'll be playing until about 1:30pm.
May 25
1 p.m.
Private wedding
Buffalo, MN (map)
A horseback wedding for my friend, Tina!
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.
May 30
11:30 a.m.
Valley West Shopping Center
Bloomington, MN (map)
I'm contributing music in a series of events with my children's author friend, Nancy Carlson. I'll be playing off and on until 1:30pm. Come and learn about Nancy's doodles. It's a thing.
May 31
9:50 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Another delicious morning doing music for Plymouth's family-friendly chapel service. It's about the only place at Plymouth where you're likely to hear some banjo!

June

June 2
6:30 p.m.
Plainview Public Library
Plainview, MN (map)
My first time to Plainview! I get to help kick off the summer reading program for these fine folks. You could be a fine folk, too, and come join us if you'd like. We'd like!
June 4
1:30 p.m.
Tracy Public Library
Tracy, MN (map)
What else? Songs, stories, books and reading!
June 4
6:30 p.m.
Westbrook Public Library
Westbrook, MN (map)
Another exciting stop on my little Plum Creek Library System tour! Rich, wish you were here!
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 8
10 a.m.
Willmar Public Library
Willmar, MN (map)
Returning to a fun library to share songs and stories. Barb, come if you can!
June 8
2 p.m.
Atwater Public Library
Atwater, MN (map)
A library I've never been to before. I'm looking forward to making new friends and wallowing in music and imagination. Wow, that sounds kinda porcine... Fun, though. Come and wallow along!
June 9
noon
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! Except the concert won't be at the library, most likely. I'll let you know when we have a venue lined up. Please join us if you're in the area. This show is one of the high points of the year for me.
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 16
10:30 a.m.
Gilbert Public Library
Gilbert, MN (map)
I have the privilege of again bringing my songs and stories to a number of libraries up in Minnesota's Arrowhead Region this summer. This is the first of them. I was here in 2014 and we had a great time!
June 16
1 p.m.
Meadowlands Community Center
Meadowlands, MN (map)
Another stop on the Arrowhead Library Tour. This is the first time I've been here, so looking forward to it.
June 16
6 p.m.
Keewatin Public Library
Keewatin, MN (map)
A little "hello again!" to this little Iron Range library. We might be in the gazebo across the street from the library so look for us there.
June 17
11 a.m.
Cook Public Library
Cook, MN (map)
A revisit along the way of the 2015 Arrowhead Library Tour! Look for us in the gazebo next to the library.
June 17
3:30 p.m.
Hoyt Lakes Public Library
Hoyt Lakes, MN (map)
A return visit to this very nice little library up on the Iron Range.
June 18
10 a.m.
Baudette Public Library
Baudette, MN (map)
I was here in 2014 and here I am again! Baudette is about as far north as it gets in Minnesota. And that's pronounced 'buh-DET," fyi. We'll be singing songs and telling stories about books. Surprise!!
June 18
1:30 p.m.
Williams Book Nook
Williams, MN (map)
I'm not quite sure where this place is, but I think it's in the town of Williams. Clarification to follow, I promise!
June 19
10 a.m.
Northome Book Station
Northome, MN (map)
My last stop on the 2015 Arrowhead Library Tour. Stories and singing together and then back home to rest up for the Hennepin County Fair.
June 20
11 a.m.
Hennepin County Fair
Corcoran, MN (map)
It looks like I'll be doing three sets during the day - times to be determined. Watch this space for an update! I was with these folks back in '09 so nice to reconnect.
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!
June 26
11 a.m.
Rogers Elementary School
Rogers , MN (map)
The first of a series of programs I'm doing for the summer school kids here a bit NW of Minneapolis.
June 26
1 p.m.
Hassan Elementary School
Rogers, MN (map)
2nd of six shows I'm doing for the summer school kids up there near Elk River.
June 27
1 p.m.
Hjemkomst Festival
Moorhead, MN (map)
A high honor and privilege! I get to hold forth with all that fun scandinavian stuff! Second show at 3pm. This festival is sponsored by the Nordic Culture Club in Moorhead and was inspired by a fellow who built his own full-scale viking ship somewhere near Moorhead and proceeded to assemble a crew and sail it up the St. Lawrence Seaway and all the way to Norway! Like ... wow, right? Right!
June 29
6 p.m.
Lanesboro Public Library
Lanesboro, MN (map)
A fun trip to a quaint and amazing arts town. Join us for songs and stories on a "Heroes" theme. Heroes come in lots of shapes and sizes, you know. YOU might even be one!
June 30
1:30 p.m.
Roseville Public Library
Roseville, MN (map)
Singing and playing about the joy of reading!

July

July 1
10 a.m.
Winona County Historical Center
Winona, MN (map)
This show's sponsored by the library but meets here at the Historical Center. We'll be (what else?) reading to the rhythm!
July 1
7 p.m.
Way Park
Northfield, MN (map)
This will be a kids/family concert sponsored by the Northfield Library. If it rains (in Minnesota??) we'll at the pavilion at Odd Fellows Park about four blocks away. No fun will be dampened!
July 7
10:30 a.m.
Kinderberry Hill Childcare Center
Edina, MN (map)
We had such a fun time back in February that we're doing it again! Probably some different songs, though. Kinderberry's a great place to be if you're a kid, near as I can tell. Check it out!
July 8
2 p.m.
Highland Park Library
St. Paul, MN (map)
My first time at this St. Paul library. I'll bet it won't be my last. Come and join us as we whoop it up with songs, stories and books!
July 12
8:30 a.m.
Bemidji Evangelical Free Church
Bemidji, MN (map)
My fifth time working with these good folks. Don't know exactly what I'll be doing, but it could involve some music in both the 8:30 and 11am worship services and a family concert between. I'll let you know. Or you can let me know.
July 13
1 p.m.
St. Peter Lutheran Church
Garnavillo, IA (map)
A concert to kick off Vacation Bible School for the St. Peter kids. We'll make it a time to remember!
July 14
noon
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 16
1 p.m.
Glenwood Public LIbrary
Glenwood, MN (map)
We'll be "Reading to the Rhythm" today. Songs and stories that celebrate books and all that good stuff!
July 20
10:30 a.m.
Pleasant Hill Library
Hastings, MN (map)
Summer reading show for the Hastings kids.
July 21
3 p.m.
Rice Street Library
St. Paul, MN (map)
Guitar, banjo, books, stories, singing, laughing and fun!
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 22
3 p.m.
St. Bonifacius Community Room
St. Bonifacius, MN (map)
I'm the last hurrah program of the summer for the St. Bonnie Library here at the community meeting room. So ... hurrah! We'll end on a big up note reveling in books, stories and songs. But don't we always?
July 23
11 a.m.
Waconia Public Library
Waconia, MN (map)
Celebrating the joy of reading. Second show at 1pm.
July 24
noon
Scott County Fair
Jordan, MN (map)
I'm doing 45-min. shows at noon and again at 4pm today geared toward the kids. Come out for a good time!
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 28
10:30 a.m.
St. Anthony Park Library
St. Paul, MN (map)
The cutest little library going! Grab lunch at Muffaletta's across the street after the show! Joel and Theresa, can you come? Oh, second show at 2pm.
July 29
10:30 a.m.
Wheaton Public Library
Wheaton, MN (map)
My first visit to the Wheaton Library. I'm looking forward to a great time of music, stories, books and imagination as we "Read to the Rhythm!"
July 29
2 p.m.
Browns Valley Public Library
Browns Valley, MN (map)
More "Read to the Rhythm" with the BV kids. My first opportunity to visit this library. "However far your imagination will stretch, you know, a book will take you there ..."
July 30
7 p.m.
Victoria Public Library
Victoria, MN (map)
Songs and stories for the love of books at this brand new library! If you read me, come and join us! The event is a story-walk for the kids and families followed by a JP show in the library.
July 31
11 a.m.
Otsego Elementary School
Otsego, MN (map)
Part of a series of shows I'm doing for the K-6 kids during summer school up there near Elk River.
July 31
1 p.m.
Parker Elementary School
Elk River, MN (map)
Songs and stories to lighten up the experience of summer school!

August

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. 10
6:30 p.m.
Appleton Public Library
Appleton, MN (map)
First stop on a five-library tour of the Pioneerland system here in western Minnesota. Don't you just love libraries and being surrounded by books? Oh, I do! I'd live at one if I could. Our house actually is sort of a library, come to think of it.
Aug. 11
3 p.m.
Benson Public Library
Benson, MN (map)
Out on the western Minnesota prairie singing songs and telling stories about books. As you can tell, I love libraries. So full of hope. As I like to say, books open the twin doors of information and imagination. That's where the hope comes from.
Aug. 11
6:30 p.m.
Kerkhoven Public Library
Kerkhoven, MN (map)
Another fun time rockin' out on guitar, banjo, spoons and jawharp with the kids. If you're big, you're welcome, too, naturally!
Aug. 12
11 a.m.
Sun Ray Public Library
St. Paul, MN (map)
I've never played here before but I'm going to today! Thanks, all you Sun Rays!
Aug. 13
3 p.m.
Ortonville Public Library
Ortonville, MN (map)
Another stop along a five-library tour of the Pioneerland Library System.
Aug. 13
6:30 p.m.
Graceville Public Library
Graceville, MN (map)
Late summer songs and tales on the western border in celebration of books, reading and imagination.
Aug. 14
11 a.m.
Twin Lakes Elementary School
Elk River, MN (map)
More in a series of shows I'm doing for the kids in summer school up in the Elk River district. They'd probably rather be fishing but maybe we'll sing about Hawaii's fish with the very long name: the hummu-hummu ... uh, nooku ... um ...
Aug. 14
1 p.m.
Westwood Elementary School
Zimmerman, MN (map)
The last (for this summer) in a series of little concerts for the summer school kids up here north of the Cities. Kinda sad to see it end. We've had a fun time!
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
noon
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. 26
9:30 a.m.
Kindercare Learning Center
Chanhassen, MN (map)
A return to Kindercare to care for the kinder with music and stories.
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.

September

Sept. 13
9 a.m.
First United Methodist Church
Redwood Falls, MN (map)
I get to spread songs and stories all over all morning. Thanks, Pastor Jan, for having me come! These guys have been around since 1867. Not you, Pastor Jan!
Sept. 15
3:45 p.m.
RidgePointe
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. 16
6:30 p.m.
Alexandria United Methodist Church
Alexandria, MN (map)
My dear friends Roger and Marnie are having me come for a family concert here at their church. Also fluttering about will be little kids from the Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool. Is that a great name or what?!
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!

December

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.