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2016 Performances

April

April 29 to
May 5
Hayes Elementary School
Fridley, MN (map)
If I've ever had a school where I feel most at home over all the years I've been out doing music, it's Hayes. This will be my 23rd year working with them, and they're all just great! A Minnesota School of Excellence? Yep. I'll be working with my friend, Karin, on a folk song/folk instrument week for the k-4 kids. Today's all intro assemblies and May 2-5 will be non-stop workshops!

May

May 2 to
May 5
Hayes Elementary School
Fridley, MN (map)
I've been working with Hayes for twenty-three years now. It's one of the best schools I know of starting with the principal, Mr. P and on down the line. I'm doing a four day folk music/folk instrument residency this time around. I'll be working closely with Ms. Beckstrand the music teacher.
May 12
7 p.m.
Fridley High School
Fridley, MN (map)
I'm helping out with the Hayes Elementary 4th graders' family concert - a little frosting on the cake to the recent five-day residency I did with them.
May 21
11:30 a.m.
Valley West Shopping Center
Bloomington, MN (map)
I'll be teaming up with my friend, children's author and illustrator Nancy Carlson, to brighten up this place from 11:30am until 1:30pm. I'll be strolling around paying music while Nancy draws and talks about her work.
May 24
10 a.m.
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN (map)
Another morning doing "Toddler Tuesday" here at the MOA. It's especially for the tiny ones, but fun for all, too. Look for us in the rotunda.
May 24
7 p.m.
The Hearts and Ivy Collection
Minneapolis, MN (map)
CD release concert for my new adult collection, "Songs From the Deep Field." Scott Malchow joins me on bass for a fun, fun time in this intimate art gallery setting. Special thanks to friends David Astin and Bryce and Donna Hamilton for making this great space available. Seating is very limited, so we're doing this by-invitation-only. If you really, REALLY need to be there ... well, maybe talk to me about it.
May 26
9:30 a.m.
Hopkins Early Learning Center
Hopkins, MN (map)
A new place for me. Thanks for Soozee, I'm playing with the kids here today.
May 27
2 p.m.
Main Street Village
Richfield, MN (map)
Celebrating another circle 'round the sun with the seniors here at Main Street Village. Actually, that's kind of a nice way of describing the living of life here on earth along with everyone else we're sharing it with. Aren't we all temporary residents of Main Street Village?
May 29
10 a.m.
Congregational UCC Church of Faribault
Faribault, MN (map)
I have the distinct pleasure and privilege of working alongside Pastors Deb Braun and Jan Bodin this morning. Deb served as a pastoral intern at my home church not long ago and is now out serving in the world at large. Or at small, as the case may be. It's really not that big! Deb wants something unexpected and fun, so come join us and be surprised. I might even surprise myself!
May 31
1:30 p.m.
Golden Lake Elementary School
Circle Pines, MN (map)
The Golden Lake third graders need to learn about American folk instruments and guess who gets to help?

June

June 2
9:30 a.m.
Creek Valley Elementary School
Edina, MN (map)
Year #23 working with my Creek Valley kindergarten friends! Never mind that the kids I first sang with there are now teaching the class. I love that! Second session at 10:30.
June 4
1 p.m.
Park Grove Public Library
Cottage Grove, MN (map)
It's my fun privilege to kick off the summer reading program here with some of my favorite songs and stories!
June 7
12:30 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I'm helping the Head Start buglets graduate with some JP music. Same thing tomorrow. That's getting them off on the right foot, I'd say.
June 8
12:30 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Another batch of Head Start graduates!
June 9
10:30 a.m.
Park Rapids Public Library
Park Rapids, MN (map)
My 19th year working with the good folks up in Park Rapids. I look forward to this time every year, though I don't take it for granted. We might not be at the library itself. Years past has seen us at a local church, but I'll keep the venue posted here when it gets decided.
June 10
2 p.m.
Earthrhythms festival
Waubun, MN (map)
I'll be augmenting (hopefully) the family music at this festival up in north central Minnesota today. Time/s to be determined. The event happens at - are you ready? - Pure Bliss Ranch. Yes. That about sums it up, I'd say. Thanks to my friend, Jinny, for connecting me!
June 14
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Plymouth, MN (map)
I don't know if it will be raining today, but I'll be bringing some sunshiny songs and stories with me when I come!
June 15
11 a.m.
Rum River North County Park
St. Francis, MN (map)
A program for the St. Francis Library. Look for us in a pavilion somewhere.
June 15
2 p.m.
Johnsville Public Library
Blaine, MN (map)
Another Anoka County Library stop. And the fun doesn't stop here!
June 16
2 p.m.
Albert Lea Public Library
Albert Lea, MN (map)
Songs and stories that celebrate reading at this library on the southern edge of Minnesota. Second show at 3pm in case you missed the first one. But don't do that.
June 17
9:30 a.m.
Otsego Elementary School
Otsego, MN (map)
A second summer helping out with the Elk River EdVenture kids. Double down on the fun!
June 17
11:30 a.m.
Parker Elementary School
Elk River, MN (map)
Scurrying over from the school in Otsego! It'll be worth it!
June 18
2 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, MN (map)
A rare treat! I get to perform during the Midsommar celebration here at the ASI! I'll be doing a short set starting around 2pm on an outdoor stage there on the grounds. The maypole will be in full swing, too, so come on out for a good time. You don't even have to be Swedish! Actually, the longer you hang around the ASI the more Swedish you become, so be warned.
June 20
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Minneapolis, MN (map)
A downtown childcare center. I'm having fun bouncing around to these New Horizon places. Everything's always a new horizon, after all. Or if we don't realize it, we need to.
June 20
4:30 p.m.
Groveland Ele. School
Minnetonka, MN (map)
I'm working with the Minnetonka Explorer's Club again with three kick-off events involving music and ice cream. I'm the music, but I'll be eating some of the ice cream.
June 21
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Eagan, MN (map)
Summer song/story fun for the little ones here at New Horizon.
June 21
4:30 p.m.
Scenic Heights Ele. School
Minnetonka, MN (map)
More music and ice cream fun with the Minnetonka Explorer's Club.
June 22
9:30 a.m.
New Horizon Academy Childcare
Maplewood, MN (map)
Summer story-songs with the buglets at New Horizon.
June 22
1:30 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
Minneapolis, MN (map)
Some music for the folks at the Plymouth drop-in center. You never know what's going to happen except we'll have a good time!
June 22
4:30 p.m.
Excelsior Ele. School
Excelsior, MN (map)
Third of three kick-off concerts for the Minnetonka Explorer's Club. MEC is a summer kids' club that wraps the kids up in fun social and educational opportunities. Like ... me!
June 23 to
June 24
Hjemkomst Festival
Moorhead, MN (map)
Robert Asp built a replica of a viking ship (pretty much by himself) assembled a crew and and sailed it to Norway. And back. What a guy, huh? Well, they named this scandinavian festival in honor of him and his ship - the Hjemkomst (Homecoming) and I'm outlandishly privileged to be a part of it for another year. I'll be performing the following day, too - the 24th. Details to follow.
June 27
10:30 a.m.
Robert Trail Public Library
Rosemount, MN (map)
I don't believe I've performed at this library before, but that changes today! Come join us!
June 28
noon
Centennial Lakes Park
Edina, MN (map)
My 8th year working with this nice little venue. Not so little, actually. The show will be in a wonderful amphitheater off of 75th St. We'll probably be under the stage awning away from the hot sun. More intimate and fun that way, too. Lucy, I'd love to see you there!
June 29
10 a.m.
Step by Step Montessori
Brooklyn Park, MN (map)
Oh, to be a preschooler again! The next best thing is hanging out and singing with them, which is what I'm doing today!
June 29
2 p.m.
St. Bonifacius Public Library
St. Bonifacius, MN (map)
Holding forth here in St. Bonnie on the joy and glory of books!
June 30
7:30 p.m.
7500 York
Edina, MN (map)
7500 York is a pioneering senior cooperative. I've played for them before but now I get to do it again! Such fine folks that live there, too. Including my mom.

July

July 5
10:30 a.m.
Riverview Public Library
St. Paul, MN (map)
This is one of three Carnegie libraries in St. Paul, I'm told. 2016 marks its 100th year, so we'll pull out all the stops to make this a fun show for all of us!
July 6
10 a.m.
Rochester Public Library
Rochester, MN (map)
Reveling in reading here at the downtown library! Songs and stories will be the order of the day.
July 8
10:30 a.m.
Buckham Memorial Library
Faribault, MN (map)
My eighth year performing at one of my all-time FAVORITE libraries on earth! Minnesota's blessed with lots of good libraries, folks, but this one is one of the best, trust me. And they have not one but two secret rooms that have been sealed up who-knows-how-long as well as a magic rock to hold the door open. It just doesn't get any better. Wait, it does. Second show at 1:30pm!
July 13
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Bloomington, MN (map)
I get to brighten up the day a bit for the buglets here at NHA. They'll be brightening it up for me, that's for sure!
July 14
10:30 a.m.
Blaine High School
Blaine, MN (map)
A reading-themed program for the Anoka County Libraries held here at the high school.
July 14
1 p.m.
Northtown Public Library
Blaine, MN (map)
Celebrating reading with the Anoka County Libraries. I'll make several appearances around the system in June and July.
July 15
9:30 a.m.
Twin Lakes Elementary School
Elk River, MN (map)
My second summer sharing tales and tunes with the Elk River kids in the EdVenture program.
July 15
11:30 a.m.
Westwood Elementary School
Zimmerman, MN (map)
Another fun time with the EdVenture Club kids in Elk River. I was with them in 2015, too. This could become habit-forming.
July 18
12:45 p.m.
Inver Grove Heights Senior Center
Inver Grove Heights, MN (map)
Songs and stories for the aging journey. May all our agings be so laced!
July 18
3 p.m.
Keystone Communities
Eagan, MN (map)
Another visit to this seniors facility. We had a great time of it back in March, so here we go again! I'll be mixing up old and new songs along with sing-alongs, stories and a bundle of instruments, as always.
July 19
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Coon Rapids, MN (map)
An in-house program for the preschoolers. If I were them, I'm pretty sure I'd love to have me come!
July 20
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Eagan, MN (map)
I've been making the rounds of the New Horizons around here and having a whole lot of fun in the process. More fun today in Eagan!
July 21
2 p.m.
Faribault County Fair
Blue Earth, MN (map)
Shows at 2, 4 & 6. The Jolly Green Giant statue itself is worth the price of admission! If you find yourself waaay down in southern MN that day, come join the fun!
July 27
10 a.m.
New Horizon Academy
Savage, MN (map)
Another new song/story vista at New Horizon! Preschool program.
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 2pm. Probably in some pavilion. Grab a hotdog while you're scouting around.

August

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. 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. 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
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!

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.

October

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

December

Dec. 9
2 p.m.
Gramercy Park
Richfield, MN (map)
A show for the seniors here at Gramercy.
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!