Logistics for Nur-D show:

We can’t wait for Saturday night. It will be a perfect summer evening for music and community with Nur-D

Address is 273 Goodhue Street in St. Paul.

Logistics for the Saturday the 14th show at 7:30pm:

1) Bring/wear a mask. Please don’t attend if you haven’t been vaccinated (and are over 12).

2) There are no tickets. For all shows we request a $15 donation/adult, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. No one will be turned away based on the ability to pay, and people can contribute whatever they can afford.Seating is first come first served, with the gate open at 6:30.

3) We ask that you bring your own chair/blanket, and anything that you like to eat or drink. (Adult beverages allowed.)

4) We provide an bathroom for guests in our house. Please ‘hydrate responsibly’ to avoid a line.

Hope you can join us!

Masks and the Nur-D show

We want to make sure everyone is safe during the concert on Saturday.

1) If you aren’t vaccinated and over 12, please don’t attend. (We won’t be checking vaccine cards — it’s on the honor system.)

2) Bring a mask and wear it when possible. We will require masks if you use the bathroom in our house.

3) We can’t wait to see you all with Nur-D!!! 🌳🎤🧡

“Blue Dream” Debut performance August 21

You won’t want to miss Grand Oak Opry presents Blue Dream on August 21st at 7:30.

Josh’s own words say it better than we could – and we’re honored to showcase this vision, energy, relevance, and talent:

“This is a debut performance featuring myself and some of my dearest friends. This performance will showcase the spiritual growth & expansion of my musical village over the past few years.

Maria Isa taught me that our drums are our weapons, our medicine & our voices through trying times. When we bring our instruments together from our own tribes to celebrate our unique rhythms we become even more powerful. Some of us call on our ancestors for guidance, some of us call to put them in check. Both are essential conversations for achieving real love and community.

Let’s come together to heal ourselves, celebrate live music, and reject silence & complacency towards the state sanctioned oppression we constantly witness in our community with some of the twin cities strongest musical protectors:

DeCarlo Jackson – 🎺, Megan Mahoney – bass 🎸, Joey C. Hays – 🥁, Jacob Dodd – 🎹, Levi Schwartzberg – Vibes🔥, William Linstrom – 🎸, Josh Johnson – 🎷

Thanks to our Sponsors

We are SO thankful for our sponsors, who cover the hard costs to put on the shows.

Thanks to them, 100% of your contribution at the gate goes to the artists. Thanks this year to Claddagh Coffee, Liquor Barrel – West 7th St. Paul, Selby Acupuncture, Stogies On Grand, Waldmann Brewery, and Winged Heart Yoga. (Thanks Winged Heart Yoga and Stogies On Grand for being new sponsors this year!)

Please acknowledge these great community businesses for helping make these community shows possible! – Sean and Tim

Grand Oak Opry Presents Molly Maher! Sat. Sept 4th, 7:30pm

Grand Oak Opry is honored to have Molly Maher play for the first time with us. (We are overdue in having her!)

Molly Maher resides on the border between the lands of Americana and the Blues and moves beautifully between them, blending simmering guitars and cutting lyrics. She has traveled the dustiest roads of the American music traditions and returned to sing about it with an authentic and sage voice. To see her perform live is an unforgettable experience. An incomparable singer and songwriter with compelling depth and soul and draws from the deep roots of Americana music. With songs that ring true, her singing is a fine balance of deep and soulful, somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt. Twangy and lament-filled spirit, guitar driven country-folk-jam with a blues swagger.

Backed by Maher’s Disbelievers:  Erik Koskinen (guitar, vocals) , Paul Bergen (guitar,) Steve Murray ( bass) , Richard Medek ( drums)  all local veterans and accomplished musicians in their own right.

TICKETS & LOGISTICS: There are no tickets. For all shows we request a $15 donation/adult, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. (No one will be turned away based on the ability to pay, and people can contribute more because 100% goes to the artist.)

Seating is first come first served, with the gate open at 6:30. We ask that you bring your own chair/blanket, and anything that you like to eat or drink. (Adult beverages allowed.) We provide an onsite bathroom in our house. No animals allowed.

FOLLOW:

https://www.facebook.com/Molly-Maher-her-Disbelievers-181712951459/

https://www.instagram.com/mophonic/

https://mollymaher.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOqeoJ_BnF211fJD1UTMuKg?view_as=subscriber

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/molly-maher/41727849

Grand Oak Opry Presents Carolyne Naomi Sept. 18, 7:00pm

Grand Oak Opry is thrilled to present Carolyne Naomi on Saturday the 18th of September at 7:00pm.

To see both her incredible musical skills and her infectious community impact, check out #Japa or #bamijochallenge on Instagram!

As a kid in Nigeria, Carolyne Naomi listened to African music, especially the traditional and modern Nigerian styles that led to Afropop/Afrobeats; as well as Reggae, R&B, Soul and Gospel music.

Carolyne wrote her first song when she was 9, and started playing the guitar during her undergraduate program at the university. Always a good student, she holds an M.Sc. in Media and Communication, but through her formal studies, Carolyne always had music going on in her head and knew she wanted to be on stage. 

She eventually moved to Minnesota to study Guitar and Voice Performance at McNally Smith College of Music. Since then, she has been performing around top music venues in the Twin Cities, including Skyway Theatre, Dakota Jazz Club, The Cedar Cultural Center, IceHouse Minneapolis, etc. 

Carolyne released her first single “Love & Light” in 2018, and went further to release more singles and two music videos for her most recent releases in 2021, “Boss (Oga at the Top)” and “JAPA”. 

As a performer, she finds ways of combining her varied interests in music of the African diaspora into her own Afro-fusion that appeals to contemporary audiences who, like her, have been tuning into varied musical experiences since childhood. 

She has shared the stage with Grammy Award winning international artists like Burna Boy and Wizkid, to name a few. 

Carolyne Naomi’s debut EP will be released in 2021.

TICKETS & LOGISTICS: There are no tickets. For all shows we request a $15 donation/adult, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. (No one will be turned away based on the ability to pay, and people can contribute more because 100% goes to the artist.)

Seating is first come first served, with the gate open at 6:30. We ask that you bring your own chair/blanket, and anything that you like to eat or drink. (Adult beverages allowed.) We provide an onsite bathroom in our house. No animals allowed.

FOLLOW:

Instagram: @carolyne _naomi https://www.instagram.com/carolyne_naomi/

Facebook: Carolyne Naomi Music https://www.facebook.com/Carolynspire/

Twitter: @carolyne_naomi https://twitter.com/carolyne_naomi

YouTube: Carolyne Naomi https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCl76HJT5GOJA1NCpy6D9pg

Grand Oak Opry Presents Blue Dream August 21st

Blue Dream will perform Saturday August 21st at 7:30 pm.

Blue Dream is a new band formed by Minneapolis based saxophonist & composer Josh Johnson, who is an active band member with Jamecia Bennet, Maria Isa, and Blood $moke Body. 

Blue Dream will perform an eclectic set of music with influences from modern jazz, MPLS funk, indie rock, and hip hop. Featuring vocals, rhythms & melodies celebrating our ability to heal, mourn, and organize together through live music once again. 

We are honored to feature another up-and-coming artist like Josh. Josh’s talents were clear when he performed with Maria Isa in 2019, and he was scheduled to perform in 2020. 

This gets to the heart of what Grand Oak Opry is all about. Please join us for this incredible opportunity!

TICKETS & LOGISTICS: There are no tickets. For all shows we request a $15 donation/adult, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. (No one will be turned away based on the ability to pay, and people can contribute whatever they can.)

Seating is first come first served, with the gate open at 6:30. We ask that you bring your own chair/blanket, and anything that you like to eat or drink. (Adult beverages allowed.) We provide an onsite bathroom in our house. No animals allowed.

Nur-D Saturday August 14th at 7:30pm!

We are thrilled to announce that Nur-D will open our 2021 season. We had Nur-D booked for 2020, and perhaps no other artist has reflected the events of the past 18 months quite like him. His insights, creativity, and energy have reflected back what so many people in the community have been feeling and experiencing during these times.

Since hitting the scene in 2018, Nur-D’s music has been played around the globe, while making friends wherever he goes.  He was voted 2019’s Best New Artist (Citypages) and has gained numerous other accolades in his incredibly young career, including headlining First Avenue’s 2020 Best New Bands show, where he also won Best Local Concert of the Year (Citypages).

With events for Soundset, Paisley Park, US Bank Stadium, The Kennedy Center, and more under his belt, he’s shown that he’s not slowing down any time soon.

TICKETS & LOGISTICS: There are no tickets. For all shows we request a $15 donation/adult, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. (No one will be turned away based on the ability to pay, and people can contribute whatever they can afford.)

Seating is first come first served, with the gate open at 6:30. We ask that you bring your own chair/blanket, and anything that you like to eat or drink. (Adult beverages allowed.) We provide an onsite bathroom in our house. No animals allowed.

FOLLOW: You can find @NurDRocks on Twitter, TikTok, Insta, and Facebook. Also: www.nurdrocks.com. Nur-D, aka Matt Allen, is co-founder of FairPlay Entertainment, www.fairplayentertainment.org.

Grand Oak Opry Will Be Back This Summer!

As the world around us starts to wake up in many ways, we are thrilled to say that Grand Oak Opry will be back this summer!

We have confirmed the first two amazing artists for August 14th and September 4th. Stay tuned for details but hold these nights and invite your friends. Trust us.

We can’t wait to be together again. 🎶🌳💚

We’re working on 2021 shows!

We are talking with bands about potential shows in 2021 — starting in August.  We have missed our guests and the musicians. It’s been a long year and we could all use a little live music to keep us going. We are looking forward to hosting shows again.

We are paying attention to the Governor’s rules and recommendations for outdoor gathering and figuring out how we can make it safe for everyone to get together again.

Stay tuned and sign up for emails (below) for more information.