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Shows & Performances at the Ives

Dennis Warner & the Ds–Acoustic Americana from the Heartland

August 05, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $18–$25

Folk/Americana musician and entertainer Dennis Warner captivates audiences with his smooth vocals and skill on six- and 12-string guitars. In addition to performing original songs, he provides moving interpretations of existing songs. Fan favorites include "Don't Laugh at Me," "The Garden Song (Inch by Inch)" and "Homegrown Tomatoes."
Besides being a gifted musician, Dennis Warner is also an outstanding entertainer, cleverly blending ballads, up-tempo songs, audience participation and humor into a memorable event. He is noted for his warm stage presence and ability to connect with his audience. The Ds, who will join Dennis for this performance, include
  • vocalist and guitar/mandolin player Dan Neale
  • vocalist and percussionist Derrick Raiter
  • vocalist, Marimba/harmonica player and percussionist Dennis Kennedy
Don't miss this chance to enjoy acoustic tunes from a folk/Americana singer-songwriter based in the heart of the midwest. Read more about Dennis Warner at

1st John Philip Sousa Memorial Band

September 23, 2017 8:00 pm / Tickets: $10–$15

The 1st JPSMB was formed in 1970 by a group of graduating Edina High School band members with the purchase of 50 used band uniforms and $30.00 worth of marches. The Band was brought into the sponsorship of the City of Edina Parks and Recreation Department in 1973 and has enjoyed their support up to the present time. Band members come from throughout the Twin Cities area and rehearse once a week. A different one hour "show" is presented on the last Sunday of the month September through May at their home venue, the Edinborough Park Indoor Amphitheatre. Ten concerts are performed throughout the Twin Cities during the summer. John Philip Sousa Memorial Band celebrates its 21st annual September concert in a new location, the Ives Auditorium in the brand new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center. With 40 musicians, the JPS Memorial Band recaptures the spirit of bands at the turn of the twentieth century when they were an integral part of the community.

1st Things 1st: An Evening in the Great American Songbook

September 30, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $10–$20

Take a break from today and go back to the era when Swing was King. 1st Things 1st is a group of 14 talented musicians and vocalists who have come together to pay tribute to the great jazz and swing music of the 20th century.  They have been entertaining audiences for more than 10 years with their tight harmonies and amazing horn section. If you love to sway to classic greats or just experience a high-energy walk down memory lane, this 1st Things 1st show is one you will not want to miss. From Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing" to Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" to Louis Prima's growling "Sing Sing Sing," 1st Things 1st performs great music, and puts on an extremely entertaining show that is fun for all ages!

Irving Berlin’s Music Box Revue 1921

October 12, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $23–$35
October 13, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $23–$35
October 14, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $23–$35

Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd presents: IRVING BERLIN'S MUSIC BOX REVUE 1921 The Great America Revues: How Ziegfeld Follies, Music Box Revues, George White's Scandals, The Passing Shows and their rivals remade Broadway. The Jazz Age brought us new sounds and styles of music, dance, and theatre to the world of performance. This October 12-14, Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd brings you the first ever fully staged historical revival of IRVING BERLIN'S MUSIC BOX REVUE 1921. After Irving Berlin left the Ziegfeld Follies, he built The Music Box Theatre for his revolutionary music, dance, and skits celebrating the post-WWI world. Based on the original piano score, this production is a fully realized combination of all aspects of Irving Berlin's genius. Jerome Kern said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American Music. He is American Music." Newly orchestrated for simple pit orchestra, along with a complex piano score denoting Berlin's distinctive style, the production features a talented cast of regional performers, choreographers, and musicians. Look forward to this historical theatric gem presented at the Ives Auditorium. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to meal programs for people living with chronic illness, and YouthLink for homeless youths.
  • Director: Frank Zaller
  • Assistant Director: Doug Dally
  • Music Director/Accompanist: Richard Nance
  • Orchestrations: Frank Zallar
  • Conductor/Music Historian: Dr. Jonas Westover
  • Choreographers: Myron Johnson, Heidi Spesard-Noble, Doug Dally
  • Costume Design: Rachel Flaten, Dee Richards
  • Producer/Archivist: Steven Katz

The History of Jazz with Minnesota Jazz Orchestra

October 15, 2017 3:00 pm / Tickets: $20–$22

Back again after their wonderful New Year's Eve show at the Ives, the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra is presenting a new show that takes the audience through The History of Jazz. MJO will start at the beginning of jazz in New Orleans, and carry on through modern day styles of jazz including swing. The History of Jazz promises to be a very entertaining and musically exciting show. You’ll hear swinging selections like Louis Armstrong’s “Basin Street Blues,” Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade,” Dean Martin’s “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” Louis Prima’s “Jump, Jive & Wail,”  Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” Harry Connick Jr.'s “It Had to Be You,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Wanna Be Like You,” and more. Gregg Marquardt serves as Master of Ceremonies. Gregg along with Debbie O’Keefe, Reeves Cary, and Paula Lammers are featured vocalists with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra. The Minnesota Jazz Orchestra is an acclaimed full-size big band with 16 instrumentalists and outstanding vocals.  They began in the late 1990s under the direction of Craig Thrane. The members of this talented ensemble include proven professionals with miles of road experience. They mix a little comedy and a bit of audience participation along with tons of musicality to create a show that is a totally unforgettable, entertaining experience.

Driving Miss Daisy

October 20, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $20-$28
October 21, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$28
October 22, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$28

Set in mid-century Atlanta, the play, Driving Miss Daisy, tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At first, Daisy is none to happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get from one place to the next. Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection. This Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece is a delicate depiction of simmering racial tensions, the inevitable passage of time, and the universal experience of aging. Playwright Alfred Uhry creates two outsiders who come to a mutual respect, each one grounded in their staunch independence, unbending strength, and stubborn integrity. In 1988, Driving Miss Daisy won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Best Off-Broadway Play. The play was then produced as a Hollywood movie starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Akroyd. In 1990, the movie version won 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Makeup. Don’t miss this LIVE performance of a timeless masterpiece with Mary Kay Fortier as Daisy, Eric Wood as Hoke, and Dann Peterson as Boolie! Order in advance, tickets are $30 at door!

Colonel James B. Ladd Museum

January 07, 2018 10:00 am / Tickets: Admission is always free. See hours of operation below.

Over the years, thousands of Masonic artifacts have been catalogued and archived by the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society. The Colonel James B. Ladd Museum offers 3,700 SF of state-of-the-art space to share this rare collection through interactive and interpretive displays. Six galleries showcase the history of Masonry in Minnesota, the factual and fanciful histories of Freemasonry and the extensive charitable works of the Fraternity. Stop in and discover the real story behind the world’s oldest fraternal order. Admission is free!


  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday through Friday –  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – noon – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday – noon — 3 p.m.

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