See a list of past performances.

2015 Performances

July

July 30
2 p.m.
Legacy of St. Anthony
St. Anthony, MN (map)
Songs and tales for the seniors. I'm sure they could tell me a few stories, too. We might be dusting off some bluegrass and Johnny Cash stuff here.
July 30
7 p.m.
Victoria Public Library
Victoria, MN (map)
Songs and stories for the love of books at this brand new library! If you read me, come and join us! The event is a story-walk for the kids and families followed by a JP show in the library.
July 31
11 a.m.
Otsego Elementary School
Otsego, MN (map)
Part of a series of shows I'm doing for the K-6 kids during summer school up there near Elk River.
July 31
1 p.m.
Parker Elementary School
Elk River, MN (map)
Songs and stories to lighten up the experience of summer school!

August

Aug. 4
1:30 p.m.
Covenant Village
Minneapolis, MN (map)
We had a fun time last year so I'm back to play for the watermelon party!
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. 6
1 p.m.
Rogers Public Library
Rogers, MN (map)
Songs and stories to read by at this Hennepin County library. Especially for the kids, of course.
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. 9
6 p.m.
Skandisk
Bloomington, MN (map)
I'm doing some in-house music for friends who run a scandinavian import business. They're the ones who market my CD "From the Heart of Scandinavia." I've done this before and it's always a fun time.
Aug. 10
6:30 p.m.
Appleton Public Library
Appleton, MN (map)
First stop on a five-library tour of the Pioneerland system here in western Minnesota. Don't you just love libraries and being surrounded by books? Oh, I do! I'd live at one if I could. Our house actually is sort of a library, come to think of it.
Aug. 11
3 p.m.
Benson Public Library
Benson, MN (map)
Out on the western Minnesota prairie singing songs and telling stories about books. As you can tell, I love libraries. So full of hope. As I like to say, books open the twin doors of information and imagination. That's where the hope comes from.
Aug. 11
6:30 p.m.
Kerkhoven Public Library
Kerkhoven, MN (map)
Another fun time rockin' out on guitar, banjo, spoons and jawharp with the kids. If you're big, you're welcome, too, naturally!
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. 13
3 p.m.
Ortonville Public Library
Ortonville, MN (map)
Another stop along a five-library tour of the Pioneerland Library System.
Aug. 13
6:30 p.m.
Graceville Public Library
Graceville, MN (map)
Late summer songs and tales on the western border in celebration of books, reading and imagination.
Aug. 14
11 a.m.
Twin Lakes Elementary School
Elk River, MN (map)
More in a series of shows I'm doing for the kids in summer school up in the Elk River district. They'd probably rather be fishing but maybe we'll sing about Hawaii's fish with the very long name: the hummu-hummu ... uh, nooku ... um ...
Aug. 14
1 p.m.
Westwood Elementary School
Zimmerman, MN (map)
The last (for this summer) in a series of little concerts for the summer school kids up here north of the Cities. Kinda sad to see it end. We've had a fun time!
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. 20
7:30 p.m.
Langford Park Rec. Center
St. Paul, MN (map)
I'm entertaining a little bit before a family movie night! Yeah, I know. Weird. I've never opened for a movie before but it should be fun.
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. 26
1 p.m.
Robin's Nest Childcare Center
Hastings, MN (map)
I get to land in the Robin's Nest and hatch some fun songs for the kids today!
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. 9
6:45 p.m.
Hillside Church
Bloomington, MN (map)
Kicking off the fall church season for the kids here at Hillside.
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. 13
4 p.m.
North Oaks Farm Fest
North Oaks, MN (map)
James J. Hill, the 19th century railroad magnate, left a sprawling farm which has now become an historical site. Each fall the community celebrates around the iconic red barn on the property, and I'll be celebrating with them this time around! I'll be doing 20-min sets at 4, 4:40 and 5:20pm.
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. 16
6:30 p.m.
Alexandria United Methodist Church
Alexandria, MN (map)
My dear friends Roger and Marnie are having me come for a family concert here at their church. Also fluttering about will be little kids from the Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool. Is that a great name or what?!
Sept. 18
1:40 p.m.
Stevenson Elementary School
Fridley, MN (map)
My "I Love to Read!" assemblies for the kids. As I like to say, when you open a book, you've hopped aboard the Reading Railroad!
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!

October

Oct. 4
9 a.m.
First Lutheran ChurcKenyon-Wanamingo Middle School
Kenyon, MN (map)
First Lutheran does a fall festival event at the local middle school each year and I'm helping. I was with them four years ago, too. Lutheran potluck afterwards!
Oct. 6
12:30 p.m.
Bonner Elementary School
Stewartville, MN (map)
My friend, Lara, is having me come for a couple of assemblies for the kids here at Bonner. I've had a lot of fun here in the past and look forward to coming back. Second show at 1:30pm.
Oct. 9
2 p.m.
Gramercy Park Cooperative
Richfield, MN (map)
A show for the seniors here.

December

Dec. 5
noon
Julebyn
Knife River, MN (map)
Julebyn is a scandinavian-themed pop-up Christmas village in Knife River on the north shore of Lake Superior just north of Duluth. We had fun last year and I'm back doing scandinavian stuff for the kids. They arrive from Duluth on a train dubbed the Julebyn Express. Is that fun? Yep!
Dec. 9
9:30 a.m.
St. John's Childcare
Minneapolis, MN (map)
My tenth year helping out with the kids at St. John's. It'll be a winter music/story funfest with Jack!
Dec. 10
12:45 p.m.
Como Park Lutheran Church
St. Paul, MN (map)
A program for the seniors here. Haven't been sine '08 so I'll bet a few of those folks have gotten older. We'll have fun!
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.

2016 Performances

February

Feb. 19
1 p.m.
Salem Covenant Church
New Brighton, MN (map)
I'm playing for the seniors group here at Salem. The first time I was here was 38 years ago! I think some of those seniors were in high school then ...

March

March 17
12:45 p.m.
Cross of Glory Baptist Church
Hopkins, MN (map)
We had such a good time last May that I'm back! Doing a show for the Prime Timers, the seniors group here at church.