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2015 Performances

March

March 1
9:50 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Helping out with the early chapel service at Plymouth.
March 7
11 a.m.
private party
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Josey's 6th birthday. We'll be singing songs, telling stories, playing the spoons and eating cake.
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 15
5:30 p.m.
Skandisk
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Private event. My Skandisk friends are having an open house and I get to provide instrumental guitar music. I do that, you know.
March 19
noon
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 19
7 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I have the honor tonight of doing a few songs to help recognize the volunteers at the ASI. So much to choose from! What to do, what to do ... ? 'Twill be a fun time or, as we say in Stockholm, vi ska ha det roligt!
March 20
10 a.m.
Kenyon-Wanamingo Ele. School
Wanamingo, MN (map)
"The 3 Rs of Character" assembly for the K-4 kids. We're all characters anyway. Might as well be the best ones we can!
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!
March 25
10 a.m.
St. Thomas More Preschool
St. Paul, MN (map)
A little group of kids about to get a big dose of Jack Pearson! My first time here and it will be lots of fun.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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! 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 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 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 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 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 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!
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 ..."

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. 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. 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. 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.