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2016 Performances

July

July 27
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Savage, MN (map)
Another new song/story vista at New Horizon! Preschool program.
July 27
1:45 p.m.
Dayton Ele. School
Dayton, MN (map)
A show for a fun gaggle of K kids at a trailer park next to the school. Provided it doesn't rain. Right there, I mean.
July 28
10 a.m.
Lincoln Center Elementary School
S. St. Paul, MN (map)
"The JP Potpourri" for the summer school kids.
July 29
11 a.m.
Scott County Fair
Jordan, MN (map)
I was with these folks last year and here we go again! Second show at 3pm on the new courtyard stage. Grab a hotdog, pull up a bench and join us!
July 30
11 a.m.
Minnesota Transportation Museum
St. Paul, MN (map)
Yet more traveling-type songs and stories for the MTM folks - large and small!

August

Aug. 2
10 a.m.
Appletime Childcare
Rogers, MN (map)
I've never been to this place before, so ... here we go! Toddlers and preschoolers. And Jack.
Aug. 3
2 p.m.
Washington County Fair
Lake Elmo, MN (map)
I'm doing 45-min. family shows at 2 and 3:30pm. Grab some cheese curds on a stick and come join us. Or forget the cheese and join us anyway!
Aug. 3
6:30 p.m.
Triangle Park
Rogers, MN (map)
An outdoor park concert for families. It's rumored that there will be a lot of kids. I hope so!
Aug. 5
9:30 a.m.
Rogers Elementary School
Rogers, MN (map)
My second summer working with the Elk River EdVenture kids. Another round of imagination, music and fun!
Aug. 5
11:30 a.m.
Hassan Elementary School
Rogers, MN (map)
More music/story EdVentures...
Aug. 5
7 p.m.
Lebanon Hills Visitor Center
Eagan, MN (map)
A show for the Lebanon Hills Library at the nearby Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center. It's just off of Cliff Rd in Eagan. Join us for "Forever Wild Family Friday." We'll be having a wild time!
Aug. 6
12:10 p.m.
Huber Park
Shakopee, MN (map)
This event is called the Shakopee Picnic. I'm first in the music line-up, but there's more to follow. I always have a good time working with my Shakopee friends.
Aug. 10
10:45 a.m.
Coon Rapids Senior Center
Coon Rapids, MN (map)
A favorite audience of mine: kids along with their grandparents! Good times forthcoming!
Aug. 11
1:30 p.m.
Maplewood Public Library
Maplewood, MN (map)
Teamin' up with the Ramsey County Library folks to sing and play here today. Excpet books and reading to take front and center, of course!
Aug. 13
1 p.m.
Koochiching County Fair
Northome, MN (map)
I've heard this event called "the best fair in Minnesota." It's certainly one of the northernmost! I get to help out with some music at to-be-announced time/s. I'll also be riding on the local library's float in the Northome parade at 1pm. Sounds like fun to me!
Aug. 15
9 a.m.
MN Field Trip Library Expo
St. Paul, MN (map)
This is a super exciting day when I get to shop my work to hundreds of folks like you who hire people like me! It's held at the Minnesota History Center. That's the address above. It's free and gives you access to a whole lot of wonderful field trip/arts/entertainment resources. Like ... Jack Pearson! It's an all-day affair so come early and stay late.
Aug. 16
10 a.m.
Falcon Heights Elementary School
Falcon Heights, MN (map)
"You and Me, Bully Free" program for grades 3-5. Fun to be back at this great little school. Thanks, Dan!
Aug. 17
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Plymouth, MN (map)
We had such a good time back in March that we're reconnecting this morning!
Aug. 19
10 a.m.
McLeod County Fair
Hutchinson, MN (map)
I've played here in Hutch, but never at this fair so this will be fun! Second show at noon. See you there ... unless you're away at the lake cabin, in which case you could hire me to come out and play you some music there. I do that.
Aug. 20
10 a.m.
Houston County Fair
Caledonia, MN (map)
My first time performing at this fair down in Minnesota's bluff country. Additional sets at 1 and 3pm. No bluffing!
Aug. 21
10 a.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Caledonia, MN (map)
My friend, Pastor Steve Meyer, is having me help out with worship today as I'm in the area. Looking forward to it, Steve!
Aug. 21
2 p.m.
South Park
Spring Valley, MN (map)
The local ministerial association is having me do a family concert in the park pavilion today. The park's at the south edge of town on Highway 63/S. Section Av. Larry and Sherry, hope you can come!
Aug. 23
noon
Centennial Lakes Park
Edina, MN (map)
Another rollicking show for my Centennial Lakes friends!
Aug. 29
1:30 p.m.
Cherrywood Pointe
Roseville, MN (map)
Playing for some seniors at a place I've never been before, so ... fun's in the offing!
Aug. 31
7 p.m.
Trail Head Park Bandshell
Houston, MN (map)
I get to be part of the "Lawnchair Concert Series" again here in Houston. I was with them a couple of years ago and now's a chance to send some sweet rootsy music out over the Root River. Cheryl and Allen, hope you can come!

September

Sept. 7
1:30 p.m.
Minnesota Veteran's Home
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Another opportunity to give some music and stories to these folks who have given so much.
Sept. 8
2 p.m.
Legacy of St. Anthony
St. Anthony, MN (map)
An hour of music for these seniors. I've been here before and we always manage to have a fun time! Music has sweetened my own aging and that's a fact.
Sept. 11
9 a.m.
West Union Lutheran Church
Cologne, MN (map)
I'll probably be helping out with worship today and maybe something else. Plans unfolding. I've worked with these fine folks before and know we'll have a good time kicking off the new church year!
Sept. 11
6 p.m.
Farmfest
North Oaks, MN (map)
Another year adding to the joy at Farmfest. It's a family event centered on the old James J. Hill family farm. All kinds of stuff going on. Look for me over by the blacksmith's shop. I'm doing a 45-min. set.
Sept. 13
6:15 p.m.
Covenant Village of Golden Valley
Golden Valley, MN (map)
An hour program for these fine folks. My fifth time with them. Tony and Pat, hope to see you there!
Sept. 17
noon
The Anderson Center
Red Wing, MN (map)
One of the funnest events of the year here in Minnesota! It's the annual Celebration of Minnesota Children's Authors and Illustrators festival near Red Wing. It's just what it says, and it's great! My sixth year doing music there out on the lawn. Times and details to follow.
Sept. 21
2 p.m.
Heathers Estates
Crystal, MN (map)
An opportunity to give back musically to seniors who have given so much all their lives.
Sept. 27
11:15 a.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
Coon Rapids, MN (map)
Doing a program for the seniors here today. Been awhile since I've performed here so it'll be good to be back.

October

Oct. 13
noon
Edinborough Park
Edina, MN (map)
More song/story fun at Edinborough!

November

Nov. 16 to
Nov. 17
Wayzata Community Church Nursery School
Wayzata, MN (map)
Working with the preschoolers here at WCCNS to day and tomorrow. More fun might break out than we can manage, but that's a risk I take every time I open my banjo case!
Nov. 19
noon
Washington County Courthouse
Stillwater, MN (map)
The Chris and Jack Duo (me and Chris Becknell) are playing instrumental Christmas-type music on violin and harp guitar for the annual "Victorian Christmas at the Courthouse" here in historic Stillwater. It's a fun, fun time. Come and join us!
Nov. 19
1 p.m.
Washington County Historic Courthouse
Stillwater, MN (map)
Once again I'll be be providing mellifluous Christmasy music for "Victorian Christmas at the Courthouse" on my harp guitar. Lots of great food and crafts, too. What? You don't know what a harp guitar is?? Come and find out! And be sure to tour the old jail.

December

Dec. 9
2 p.m.
Gramercy Park
Richfield, MN (map)
A show for the seniors here at Gramercy.
Dec. 13
9:30 a.m.
St. John's Childcare
Minneapolis, MN (map)
My twelfth year working with the St. John's kids. Holiday songs and stories and they all get to learn how to play the spoons!
Dec. 13
6:15 p.m.
Forest Lake Central Learning Center
Forest Lake, MN (map)
A fun time of songs and stories for preschoolers and their families.
Dec. 15
10 a.m.
My Own Montessori
Elk River, MN (map)
My friend, Lynn, runs this outstanding preschool housed in Union Congregation Church in Elk River. This is my fourth year helping out with the "Goodwill Tea" where the kids sing, the parents clap and we all have coffee, cookies and laugh. It's great!

2017 Performances

April

April 12
12:10 p.m.
Wooddale Academy
Eden Prairie, MN (map)
Some songs and stories for my little Wooddale buddies with an Easter flavor. Like it!
April 13
12:10 p.m.
Wooddale Academy
Eden Prairie, MN (map)
More Eastery tale-tunes for the Wooddale buglets!

May

May 31
9:30 a.m.
Creek Valley Elementary School
Edina, MN (map)
My 24th year working with the K kids at Creek Valley! Hard to believe. We all sit down in one of the K rooms and celebrate the end of the school year with a bunch of fun JP songs and stories. What a fun way to end kindergarten!

June

June 23
10 a.m.
Hjemkomst Festival
Moorhead, MN (map)
A guy named Robert Asp built a replica of a Viking ship which he and crew proceeded to sail to Norway. Talk about tenacity! He called this ship the Hjemkomst (homecoming) and this nordic festival is named in his honor. I'll be doing music there at times to be announced. Incidentally, this listing originally appeared as happening in 2016, but it actually should have been listed as 2017. Whoops!
June 26 to
June 30
Vikingland Library System
various, MN (map)
It seems I'll be doing a series of eleven shows for my friends in the Vikingland Libraries in west central Minnesota. These include towns like Pelican Rapids, Wheaton, Perham, Fergus Falls and others. The joy of books will be the topic du jour, so come join me on zee tour!