DAISY DILLMAN, GARRISON KEILLOR, JEARLYN STEELE, MICK STERLING, BRUCE HENRY, MARY JANE ALM BAND, ROBERT ROBINSON AND ANDREW WALESCH AMONG THE AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

This August Crooners Supper Club is welcoming back a number of audience favorites. Among the celebrated local singers and groups returning with new shows are Mary Jane Alm on a double bill with The Tex Pistols; Ginger Commodore, Dennis Spears and Yolande Bruce in a night of classic soul; Jearlyn Steele collaborating with pianist Richard Dworsky; and Garrison Keillor in a new show with his Radio Rangers.

Bringing us special encores of shows seen before and worth seeing again, are Daisy Dillman with their harmony-happy Crosby Stills Nash and Young show; Andrew Walesch with another edition of his swashbuckling Sinatra salutes; Erin Schwab enjoying the guilty pleasures of Bette Midler, and Bruce Henry with “The Music of Al Jarreau.” Gospel and soul legend Robert Robinson returns for a date in the Dunsmore to record a new CD in front of a live audience.

Among the out-of-town headliners and trailblazers making their Crooners Supper Club debuts next month are Annika Chambers; Ben Sidran on back-to-back nights; two shows with Howard Levy, and Chicago sensation Richard Johnson who performs on back-to-back nights.

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Ben Sidran Quartet

In a long and varied career, Ben Sidran has been a major force in both modern jazz and rock ‘n roll. He’s played keys and produced such artists as Steve Miller, Mose Allison, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Phil Upchurch, Tony Williams, Jon Hendricks, Richie Cole and Van Morrison. On consecutive nights in the Dunsmore,with Moore Lake as his exciting backdrop, the Racine Wisconsin native will paint the night with a wide and vivid palette.


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Howard Levy & Chris Siebold

In back-to-back shows – the first in The Dunsmore and the second on the MainStage – two of the most astonishing musical polyglots take jazz fusion to new heights. Leading this duo is the multiple Grammy Award winning harmonica-piano phenom Howard Levy of Bela & The Flecktones fame, whose brother in arm is steel guitarist extraordinaire Chris Siebold. Marked by astonishing speed, playfulness and stylistic elan, these two are both masters and acolytes of free form and a wide range of world styles.


Got The BLUES or need some soul?

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Hot Buttered Classic Soul

Ginger Commodore, Dennis Spears and Yolande Bruce help us kick off the month of August, singing soulful classics from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Soul music, combining elements of African-American gospel, rhythm and blues and jazz… We’re guaranteed to have some hot fun in the summertime, since these three local sweethearts, who’ve been singing together for years, know exactly where our bread is buttered!

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Annika Chambers Band / Scottie Miller Band

The Houston-based blues diva Annika Chambers lights it up as she and members of her band join forces with local favorite, the Scottie Miller Band on a double bill with incalculable heart and soul. Her debut album got her a Blues Music Award Best New Artist nomination, and her next album, “Wild Free,” made it to #7 on the Billboard Blues chart. And of course the singer-keyboardist Scottie, a Crooners mainstay, is in the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame.

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Erica West Band

Jazzy R&B Neo Soul Grooves

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Robert Robinson Live Album REcording

Hailed as “the Pavarotti of gospel” by the Star Tribune, Robert Robinson puts his rapturous tenor in the service of a surprising array of music, from folk and rock and R&B all the way to the hymns of that little gospel church down the road. Tonight he records his latest album in front a live audience, taking us, as he always does, on a path of communal and personal renewal.

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Mary Jane Alm Band / The Tex Pistols

In another double bill, two of the Twin Cities favorite bands are joined in a shot-gun marriage that is sure to give off sparks. In this corner it’s the Mary Jane Alm Band, with Boyd Lee on acoustic guitar and vocals; Brian C. Peters on electric and pedal steel guitars; Gordy Johnson on bass, and Scooter Nelson on drums. And in this corner it’s The Tex Pistols, four inveterate Minneapolitans who have absolutely no connection to Texas other than they know how to seriously kick butt. Count on Alm to bring it all together.

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Bruce Henry band - The Music of Al Jarreau

With his 3 ½ octave range, vocalist Bruce Henry has been called electrifying, uplifting and inspiring. But on a night when we will hear him interpreting the music of kindred spirit Al Jarreau in back-to-back shows on our MainStage -- we just might understand the source of the power that makes his silky singing and his shows take flight.

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Jearlyn Steele Presents ‘The Pianist know best’

She’s a local media celebrity and a prominent member of one of this town’s favorite musical dynasties, The Steeles. So hand it to Jearlyn Steele for coming up with a show concept that will keep her on her toes if not her high notes. Tonight she’ll ask her good friend and fellow “A Prairie Home Companion” vet Richard Dworsky to pick the songs they’ll do on the spot. By request, no rehearsals, just songs they love, totally on the fly!

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Lauren MItchell Band

"A mesmerizing performer, with a voice for the ages" - Blues Music Magazine

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Scott HOlt Band

After spending 10 years with Buddy Guy’s band - the soul-blues singer & guitarist is ready to show the world what he’s got!


Celebrating The Music of the Legends

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Sinatra! Andrew Walesch Big Band

Leading his all-star big band packed with local sidemen legends, showman Andrew Walesch kidnaps the Blue Eyes tradition and makes it his own in his monthly Sinatra tributes that jam the MainStage with a uniquely cross-generational audience. The singer-pianist from St. Cloud, who only recently became acquainted with his 30s, also is the booking guru at Crooners.

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Michael Monroe sings Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell & James taylor

MN’s Acoustic Music Treasure

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Dave Karr & Sam Miltich the music of Lester Young

"Lester Young was one of the most influential tenor saxophonists in the history of jazz, a stylist who floated like a butterfly instead of stinging like a bee. His work with the Count Basie Band and singer Billie Holiday during the 1930s and ’40s made laconic phrasing cool. One of the deans of the local saxophone scene, the venerable Dave Karr, is the right guy to do justice to Lester’s legacy, along with guitarist and Clearwater Hot Club founder Sam Miltich." - Britt Robson, Star Tribune

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Mick Sterling presents a billy joel state of mind

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Prudence & Dean - Spotlight on Tom Waits

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Mick Sterling Presents A Night of Ray Charles

Crooners hit-maker Mick Sterling starts us off with a bang as he reassembles the group Prince joined for an unannounced appearance at the Chanhassen Fireside Theater back in 2016. This quicksilver band featuring Bobby Vandell on drums, David Eiland on sax and Larry McCabe on trombone will interpret Ray Charles standards with the pulsing energy and deep musical insight which has made Sterling the master of master tribute shows.

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Erin Schwab Sings Bette Midler

The Divine Miss M. has definitely met her match, if not her doppelganger, in hometown celebrity Erin Schwab. What a delicious combination as the songstress and comedian unpacks one glorious Bette Midler song after another (and a Sophie Tucker joke or two), which she happily reveals under the vastness of a summer night.

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Mick Sterling Presents Springsteen unplugged

Crooners hit-maker Mick Sterling gives us a special acoustic version of his crowd-pleasing Bruce Springsteen show… with a slightly paired down and unplugged band. As always with Mick’s symbiotic tributes, the energy is through the roof, except this time there is no roof, only stars…

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BUDDY HOLLY AND FRIENDS: NOT FADE AWAY 60TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Gary Rue (Gene Pitney, FAB 6, The Sensational Sleepers) is proud to present some of the original cast members from History Theatre’s IVEY-Award-winning production of “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story”, with Nicholas Freeman reprising his role as Buddy Holly.

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Daisy Dillman Band

With the memory of their sold-out June debut still glowing, The Daisy Dillman Band returns to Crooners for a special encore of their Crosby Stills Nash & Young show! Since the late ‘70s Daisy Dillman’s uniquely West Coast country rock has charmed audiences across Minnesota and nationally. They love popping up in unique settings like Crooners Lakeside Patio & Lawn, and so do their fans.

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Maud Hixson Presents A Star is born in minnesota

When Judy Garland was two and a half years old, she made her stage debut at her father's movie theater in Grand Rapids, MN. This show tells the story of the vaudevillian, movie star and concert singer, featuring songs (many written for her) by Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and more.

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River

“River” flows again. Featuring Jana Anderson, Deb Brown and Sara Renner interpreting the music of three of the most influential women singer-songwriters of rock ‘n roll’s heyday, this heart-felt counterculture crowd-pleaser sold out when it was with us the first time and we don’t think it’s even close to cresting!

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Time out - Richard Johnson trio Plays Dave Brubeck

On back-to-back nights the Chicago-based jazz pianist Richard Johnson shacks up with us… first, on night #1, to lead a trio with Jeremy Boettcher on bass and Neil Hemphill on drums, and then, on night #2, to celebrate Dave Brubeck and perform the songs from the seminal recording “Time Out.” This time it takes 4 to Take 5, as special added guest Pat Mallinger on saxophone joins the group. Both shows in the Dunsmore Jazz Room

Out of Town Jazz Visitors

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Ryan Berg Trio with Special guest NAncy harms

New York City Bass Virtuoso & Jazz Vocal Star

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Vanessa Trouble group with Charlie caranicas

High-Energy NYC Jazz Vocal Sensation with Veteran NYC Trumpeter

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Pat Mallinger & Mary Louise Knutson

Chicago Saxophone Master

Local Favorites & More

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Classic LAdies of Country with Joyann Parker

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Arne fogel presents fred astaire goes to the movies

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Billy McLaughlin

Finger-Style Acoustic Guitar Master

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Debbie Duncan Birthday Bash!

MN’s First Lady of Song

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Ann Reed - An All Minnesota Show featuring Dale Connelly

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VOYAGE À PARIS WITH MARIA JETTE

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Pat Donohue & the Prairie Home All-Stars

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Lush country

Classic Country From The Hi-Fi Era

Garrison Keillor & his Radio rangers

Performing within a stone’s throw of a Minnesota lake… If not a first, this will certainly be a singular joy as Garrison Keillor joins us for his fifth Crooners engagement. With music director Richard Dworsky on piano, the radio legend dusts off a selection of goodies and rarities with a honky tonk group he calls his Radio Rangers, that includes Richard Kriehn, Joe Savage, Gary Raynor, and Dave Schmalenberger.


With three concert stages Crooners offers three distinct supper club environments -- from the intimate Dunsmore Jazz Room (framed by stunning views of Moore Lake), to the 200-seat MainStage, to the popular Lakeside Tent (introduced in June) that offers a combination of row and patio seating. Appealing to a wide range of tastes, backgrounds and generations, the programming covers everything from jazz, R&B, gospel, and soul, to funk, folk, roots-rock and country. The one constant is our definitive no side-conversations listening policy, in effect for all shows, including the lakeside concerts.

Concerts start at 6pm, 7:30pm and 8pm (some Sundays at 5pm) with doors opening for dinner and drinks service 1.5 hours before showtimes. The supper club’s menu, designed by Executive Chef Chris Lamkin, features regionally inspired and locally sourced supper club favorites as well as daily and weekly specials. During the warmer months we maintain a seasonal grill on the patio for the lakeside shows. Dinner-only options are available.