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2016 Performances

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!
Dec. 18
1 p.m.
York Gardens
Edina, MN (map)
I'm playing for a Christmas service at this assisted living facility along with my mom, who's 93. She's played piano all her life and did a lot to instill a love of music in me. We're teaming up today to share our favorite Christmas songs, carols and hymns. We'll be doing another service here on Christmas eve. Same time.
Dec. 20
2 p.m.
Vindauga View Assisted Living
Chisago City, MN (map)
A Christmasy program for the folks here. Might have to mix in a little Swedish stuff ...
Dec. 22
2:30 p.m.
Sholom Home East
St. Paul, MN (map)
Celebrating birthdays with the folks here at Sholom along with some seasonal music and a tale or two.
Dec. 24
1 p.m.
York Gardens
Edina, MN (map)
Another worship-type service of Christmas music I'm doing with my mother on piano. Mom's 93 and still loves to play. My own love of music has a lot to do with her. Thanks, mom. As though that were enough.

2017 Performances

January

Jan. 11
10 a.m.
New Options
Shakopee, MN (map)
Sharing songs and stories with some special needs adults this morning. Lookin' forward to it!
Jan. 14
11:15 a.m.
George Latimer Central Library
St. Paul, MN (map)
Near as I can tell it's been fourteen years since I've played here. but now I'm back! Songs to celebrate reading and applaud books and all that stuff we love so much. Come and join us on a chilly Saturday morning and get warm to the music!
Jan. 14
1:30 p.m.
Norway House
Minneapolis, MN (map)
I get to play for a Sons of Norway meeting here today. Don't tell them that I'm a Swede!
Jan. 19
6 p.m.
Milaca Public School
Milaca, MN (map)
A preschool/family concert on a chilly night up here in central Minnesota with Jack!

February

Feb. 1
1 p.m.
St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School
Mahtomedi, MN (map)
"The 3Rs of Character" assembly for the K-5 kids. You're never too young to learn to be a character :)
Feb. 2
2:15 p.m.
the Legacy of St. Anthony
St. Anthony, MN (map)
Another fun time with the Legacy of St. Anthony folks. Monthly birthdays, you know. I'll definitely dust off "The Best Birthday Present." You ... you haven't ... HEARD IT??!! It's on my website on the "Googolplex & Other Numbers" CD! Do a little clicking and enjoy a lot.
Feb. 7
8:45 a.m.
Concord Elementary School
Edina, MN (map)
It's been a dozen years now that I've been working with the K kids and teachers here at Concord. We sing songs, hear stories, bounce around, play the spoons and all sorts of stuff!
Feb. 8
10:30 a.m.
Woodbury Lutheran Preschool
Woodbury, MN (map)
Music/story fun with the kids! The families are invited, too.
Feb. 9
10:30 a.m.
Woodbury Lutheran Preschool
Woodbury, MN (map)
Another song/story time with the little Woodbury Lutherans!
Feb. 9
2 p.m.
Arbors at Ridges
Burnsville, MN (map)
Sweetening some elder years with music and stories.
Feb. 13
6:15 p.m.
Madelia Elementary School
Madelia, MN (map)
I'm sharing my music with the Early Childhood Family Ed. folks here tonight. In the town where Jesse James and his buddies were finally apprehended back in the day. But we won't be singing about that.
Feb. 16
2 p.m.
Grantsburg Public Library
Grantsburg, WI (map)
I've never played here before but I'm happy to get started. The kids have a half day off school for teachers conferences so we're meeting at the library to celebrate books. I love the sound of that!
Feb. 21
2:30 p.m.
Keystone Community of Mankato
Mankato, MN (map)
More stories and songs for the Keystoners. We're celebrating birthdays, too. Time to trot out a favorite song of mine: "The Best Birthday Present." It's on my "Googolplex & Other Numbers" CD, incidentally.
Feb. 27
10:30 a.m.
Bright Beginnings Preschool
Maple Grove, MN (map)
It's "Fun With Fathers" day here at Bright Beginnings. Being a father myself, I'm going to show up and have some fun, too!
Feb. 28
10:30 a.m.
Bright Beginnings Preschool
Maple Grove, MN (map)
Day #2 of "Fun With Fathers."

March

March 14
1 p.m.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Bloomington, MN (map)
It's been quite awhile since I've been here to Christ the King, but ... I'm back! I get to share some of my favorite stuff with the seniors along with that good Lutheran cooking.
March 17
7:30 p.m.
Richfield Lutheran Church
Richfield, MN (map)
The Chris and Jack Duo are supplying an abundance of Irish music for the seniors here at RLC tonight. My duo partner, of course, is Chris Becknell - a fine guitar player and fiddler.

April

April 4
1 p.m.
Shakopee High School
Shakopee, MN (map)
My 8th year providing book-friendly music for "Shakopee Celebrates Reading!" Imagine seven hundred first graders excited about reading and wanting to have fun. Got it? That's what this is. I'd rather be here than anywhere else!
April 11
7:30 p.m.
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
St. Paul, MN (map)
Nordic music for a Sons of Norway (embracing daughters) lodge's membership dinner. If you're feeling nordic and haven't been able to shake it, maybe you need to join?
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!
April 20
12:45 p.m.
Maple Grove Community Center
Maple Grove, MN (map)
The Chris & Jack Duo are at it again dishing up some sweet fiddle/harp guitar music for the seniors here!
April 27
2 p.m.
Oak Meadows Senior Living
Oakdale, MN (map)
Back at Oak Meadows serving up the good stuff: JP songs and stories. They might not roll back the years permanently but they'll sure make 'em a little sweeter.
April 30
9:45 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church
Bloomington, MN (map)
Doing some music for the kids this morning here at Peace. You don't have to be a kid to join us, though.

May

May 4
noon
Edinborough Park
Edina, MN (map)
Singing and telling stories for the kids - mostly preschoolers, but families, too.
May 25
2 p.m.
Arbors at Ridges
Burnsville, MN (map)
Another visit to the Arbors folks. I hope when I land there someone comes to sing with me, too. If they do I'll take out my rhythm spoons and join in. Maybe even solo a little ...
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 21
2 p.m.
Perham Area Library
Perham, MN (map)
The kick-off of my Viking Library System tour! My third time playing here in recent years. It's gonna be a fun, fun time, as always. Jinny-With-A-'J' I hope you can come. And bring Mr. Hugo! (time to be confirmed)
June 21
6:30 p.m.
Fergus Falls Public Library
Fergus Falls, MN (map)
My second show today celebrating reading on my Viking Library tour. Time to be confirmed.
June 22
10 a.m.
Evansville Care Campus
Evansville, MN (map)
I have the distinct privilege of playing for the seniors here at the Care Campus today. Old, new, borrowed, blue - all the good stuff! Time to be confirmed.
June 22
6:30 p.m.
Evansville Art Center
Evansville, MN (map)
An evening show for the local library. Time to be confirmed.
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
10:30 a.m.
Wheaton Community Library
Wheaton, MN (map)
The first stop on a week-long Viking Library tour. I'm doing fourteen shows here in west-central Minnesota between now and Friday. I performed here in 2015 so it'll be fun to be back. Please join us if you find yourself in the area. The more the merrier!
June 26
2 p.m.
Browns Valley Public Library
Browns Valley, MN (map)
Getting into high gear here with this tour. I had a fine time at this library in 2015, so here we go again here on the far western edge of the Minnesota Territory. Fall out the back door and you're in South Dakota.
June 27
10:30 a.m.
Morris Public Library
Morris, MN (map)
More songs and stories on the Viking Library tour. I played here in 2015 and we sure had fun! More of the same, but different.
June 27
2 p.m.
Hancock Community Library
Hancock, MN (map)
Afternoon: time to be confirmed. I've played here at the local school a couple of times. This time we're at the library with a reading focus.
June 28
10:30 a.m.
Pelican Rapids Public Library
Pelican Rapids, MN (map)
I'll be settin' up the system, opening the cases and holding forth musically on the joys of books. What a life! I'll also be on the lookout for books to acquire for my Little Free Library (#3976).
June 28
3 p.m.
New York Mills City Ballroom
New York Mills, MN (map)
Mid way on the Viking Library Tour. NYM is a cool town with a fine arts center and some fine folks. If you're one of them, come on out and join in the song/story fun. This show on behalf of the local library.
June 28
6:30 p.m.
Henning Landmark Center
Henning, MN (map)
A show for the Henning Library. I've performed here in Henning several times in the past but this is the first time for the library. Fun to follow! Time to be confirmed.
June 29
10:30 a.m.
Douglas County Library
Alexandria, MN (map)
Another stop on my Viking Library tour, and a very special one to me. This is the library that I came to when I was a little guy falling in love with books. Here's where I was enchanted by "McElligott's Pool" by Dr. Seuss. I think it's in a different location now, but such a joy to play here fifty-three years later!
June 29
2 p.m.
Glenwood Public Library
Glenwood, MN (map)
More book-related tales, tunes and musical tomfoolery. Er ... jackfoolery! Time to be confirmed.
June 29
6:30 p.m.
Thorson Memorial Library
Elbow Lake, MN (map)
Beating the reading drum on my guitar and banjo, so to speak. This is the last show on my 5-day Viking Library tour. Home again, home again, hippity-hop!

July

July 26
10:30 a.m.
Hallett Memorial Library
Crosby, MN (map)
I get to be the summer reading program finale again this year here at the Hallett Library! This show will be for the preschoolers. K-6 will be tomorrow.
July 27
9 a.m.
Hallett Memorial Library
Crosby, MN (map)
Songs and stories that celebrate books going down today for grades 3-6 at 9:00 and for K-2 at 10:45am. Come and join us if you're in town. The Hallett is one of the very few independent libraries in the state.
July 27
7 p.m.
Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Deerwood, MN (map)
I'm doing a little beach bonfire sing-along/concert here at one of Minnesota's premiere old north woods lodges. If we're not on the beach, we'll be on the lawn somewhere. Unless it's raining and we're inside. Just ask!

August

Aug. 16
11 a.m.
Steele County Free Fair
Owatonna, MN (map)
I'm doing two hour-long sets here on Kid's Day at the fair. Look for me on the Fair Square Stage.
Aug. 31
3 p.m.
Auburn Meadows
Waconia, MN (map)
My third time with these dear folks sharing my music. Always a pleasure. Thanks, Patti!

October

Oct. 16
7 p.m.
Sons of Norway - Norskfodt Lodge
Morris, MN (map)
A three hour jaunt west of the Twin Cities to share scandinavian stuff with these venerable sons (and daughters) of Norway. These folks tend to be the salt of the earth, as my old friend, Floyd Bolin, used to say. Details to be confirmed.
Oct. 26
2 p.m.
Auburn Courts
Chaska, MN (map)
Sweetening the journey of aging with some songs and stories. Their journey, and mine.

December

Dec. 7
noon
Edinborough Park
Edina, MN (map)
I performed here last May and I'm at it again! Some seasonal/holiday songs for the kids as well as some JP chestnuts. But not roasting on an open fire.