See a list of past performances.

2014 Performances


Dec. 28
9 a.m.
Crossroads Church
Albert Lea, MN (map)
The Sunday after Christmas is typically a sleeper Sunday at Crossroads. Not today! We'll be rockin' out with my favorite Christmas songs and stories all morning. Second service at 10:30am. Thanks for having me come, Pastor James!

2015 Performances


Jan. 7
10:30 a.m.
St. John Lutheran School
St. Paul, MN (map)
Year #9 doing music with my friends at St. John School! A better clutch o' folks you'll never meet. Come join us if you'd like. Naomi and Vanessa, you, too!
Jan. 11
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I'm doing a mini-concert for the kids and families as part of their Twelfth Night party. The show will be in Jones Commons. You're oh-so-welcome to join us!
Jan. 12
10:30 a.m.
Presentation of Mary Preschool
Maplewood, MN (map)
Doing a little Presentation presentation for the buglets today.
Jan. 13 to
Jan. 14
Tedd Mann Concert Hall
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I'm leading some sessions on songwriting with 3rd-4th graders. We'll have fun! I would have had a great time being part of a workshop like that led by me when I was that age, I'll tell you. Who knows who I would have become? The event is a a two-day thing sponsored by Success Beyond the Classroom.
Jan. 22
1 p.m.
Indus School
Birchdale, MN (map)
Time to be confirmed. I'm doing an afternoon program for the K-12 kids. This is a small but wonderful rural school, I'm told, with a nationally recognized teacher. I'm also doing a family concert in the evening. Frost Fest. Kinda says it all. Well, it tells about the cold but not the warm and amazingly fun time we'll be having!
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!


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. 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 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 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 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 2
12:30 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, MN (map)
The Head Start preschoolers are graduating! That, needless to say, calls for JP music to light the way! More music at the same time and place on the next day - June 3rd.
June 3
12:30 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, MN (map)
A second wave of Head Start preschool graduates!
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 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 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."


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.


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!


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.