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Shows & Performances at the Ives

Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band—Farewell Tour

August 16, 2018–August 22, 2018

Tickets: Adults $31 each. To reserve seats for your group or order a gourmet lunch and show, please call 952-948-6524.

First organized in 1967, the original Barbary Coast Band performed at Jimmy's on the Levee in downtown St. Paul for standing room crowds. That lasted about five years, after which they spread their talents to performing at the Minnesota State Fair, Mississippi River Paddlewheel boats, Diamond Jim's (a former music club on St. Paul's Sibley Memorial Highway) and corporate events. In 1984, the group opted to perform Dixieland church services on about 40 Sunday's each year. Since 2000, when some members retired from their day jobs, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band has been out performing at jazz festivals and enjoying their 2001 induction in to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

After 51 years, the band is playing their last shows in 2018. Come see this highly respected group of musicians and tap your toes along to the infectious quality of the lively music. The musicians enjoy performing together and the music is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Remaining shows at the Ives Auditorium are at 1:00 pm on July 26, August 16 and August 22.

The Gin Game

September 07, 2018–September 22, 2018

Matinée Tickets (shows at 1:00 pm): Adults $29 each. Reserve seats for your group and add a gourmet lunch to your order by calling 952-948-6524.

Sunday Tickets: Adults $34 each.

Saturday Night Tickets: Adults $36 each.

Produced by Sidekick Theatre.

Two sharp-witted residents of a retirement home are drawn together over a game of gin in this funny and touching play. Over time their game passes from cordial to flirtatious to a battle of wills, as their vulnerabilities and secrets gradually bubble to the surface.

The play stars veteran actors Candace Barrett and Raye Birk—both of whom who have appeared in many productions at the Guthrie, as well as in movies and television shows.

(Please note: The show contain limited strong language.)

Rodgers & Hammerstein: Broadway Masters

September 12, 2018–September 23, 2018

Tentative dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays September 12 through September 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm as well as Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Matinée Tickets: Adults $32 each. Reserve seats for your group and add a gourmet lunch to your order by calling 952-948-6524.

Sunday Tickets: Adults $34 each.

Produced by Raymond Berg

Sit back and enjoy this musical revue featuring music from the songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein—two men who forever changed the American theater landscape and the history of popular culture with their memorable Broadway productions. This tribute is narrated by Raymond Berg, who shares interesting stories and anecdotes about Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Four singer/performers and a six-piece orchestra will perform songs from:

Devine Deities

September 16, 2018

Show starts at 6:00 pm

Tickets: Adults $22

Enjoy a traditional South Indian dance (Pandanallur style) and help raise funds for the Animal Humane Society! Mounika, a disciple of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, has been training at Ragamala Dance School for 11 years. She is sharing her art for a good cause and 100% of the profits will go to the AHS. You can help a worthy cause and be inspired by her stunning performance!

Social hour: 5:30 to 6:00 pm

Show time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Social hour/food: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Dress code: Formal or semi-formal

Ethan Bortnick & the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir

September 27, 2018

Tickets for the Matinée (at 1:00 pm): Adults $31 each. To reserve space for your group and lunch for the 1:00 pm show, please call 952-948-6524.

Tickets for the Evening Show (at 7:30 pm): Adults $38 each.

Famous for his piano skills from a very young age, 17-year-old Ethan Bortnick became a Guinness record holder at age nine for being "The World's Youngest Solo Musician to headline his own concert tour." Since bursting on to the national stage as a very young child, Ethan has appeared on talk shows with the likes of Jay Leno and Oprah Winfrey and toured internationally, connecting with audiences across the globe.

Much of his young career has also been devoted to raising money for charities. So far he has raised more than $50 million for various causes, and shared the stage at charity events with notable artists including Elton John, Andrea Boccelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban and Reba McEntire.

On September 27th, Ethan Bortnick will present two shows at the Ives Auditorium!

At 1:00 pm: Generations of Music Concert

At his matinée show, Ethan Bortnick will be singing and playing piano (with his band and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir) in the style of his popular and award-winning PBS Specials. Enjoy a wide range of songs appropriate for all generations, including original songs, current radio hits, and popular numbers from the likes of The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Neil Diamond. He will even delve into classical music as well as popular and jazz standards from the first half of the 20th century.

At 7:30 pm: Celebration of Music Talent Search

For the evening show, Ethan Bortnick and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir will host local musicians in a talent competition. Contestants will have a chance to perform in front of the audience, and possibly win a chance to perform with Ethan at a future date. The contestant application form is online at, and the opportunity in "Minneapolis, MN" in September is open to talented youth between the ages of 4 and 25. Come watch the competition and see who Ethan discovers!

1st John Philip Sousa Memorial Band

September 29, 2018

The show starts at 7:00 pm.

Advance Tickets: Adult, $17 each.

As the 1800s gave way to the 1900s, ragtime tunes, marches, and musical novelties kept Americans entertained.  John Philip Sousa Memorial Band celebrates its 22nd annual concert at the Ives Auditorium in Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center this September. With 40 musicians, the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band recaptures the spirit of bands at the turn of the 20th century when they were an integral part of the community.

Radio Gals!

October 04, 2018–November 15, 2018

Shows on select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm

Shows added on October 12 and 20 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Adults $29 each for matinées and $36 each for evenings. Call 952-948-6524 to schedule your group for a lunch and show!

Set in the 1920s when radio ruled the airwaves and small stations thrived, Radio Gals is a razzamatazz musical comedy about Hazel Hunt from Cedar Ridge, Arkansas. Hazel broadcasts from her front parlor with her “all-girl” orchestra, “The Hazelnuts,” on radio WGAL.  What comes over the local airwaves is an array of hilarious toe-tapping songs. However, Hazel’s broadcasts are not always so local due to her habit of impinging on other frequencies, like NBC’s, attracting the attention of a federal radio inspector who’s intent on shutting down WGAL. It turns out though, he has a fine tenor voice, plays a mean accordion and quickly becomes enchanted by the “Hazelnuts.”

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band: A Brass Spectacular

October 05, 2018

Show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: Adults $17 each.

In early 1992, three brass instrumentalists founded the Lake Wobegon® Brass Band at the Anoka Coffee Shop. Two had been to the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) National Contest in 1991 and were inspired to form a Brass Band in the Twin Cities. The three founders assembled other brass musicians, got permission from Garrison Keillor to use the Lake Wobegon® name, and the group has been going strong ever since.

At this fall concert, Michael Halstenson will conduct the Lake Wobegon® Brass Band. The featured guest is Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble. Don't miss this Brass Spectacular.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: Musical Milestones

October 07, 2018

 Show is at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $15 each.

 Join Bloomington Symphony Orchestra this fall as they celebrate two luminaries of music history: Leonard Bernstein and Claude Debussy. Bernstein, who was born in August of 1918, was an accomplished American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. Debussy, born in August of 1862, was a French composer of immense talent. In honor of their birthdays, the orchestra will play some of two men's most memorable works.

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

October 21, 2018

The show starts at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $22 each.

Take a break from today and go back to the era when Swing was King. 1st Things 1st consists of 14 talented musicians and vocalists who pay tribute to the great jazz and swing music of the 1900s. If you love to sway to classic greats or just experience a high-energy walk down memory lane, don't miss this 1st Things 1st show. 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 entertaining show that is fun for all ages.

Whitesidewalls in Concert

November 02, 2018

Matinée (1:00 pm) Tickets: Adults $32 each. Add a gourmet lunch to your matinée order by calling 952-948-6524.

Evening (7:00 pm) Tickets: Adults $38 each.

Since their start more than 40 years ago, the Whitesidewalls Rock 'n' Roll Revue has been a staple doo-wop/rockabilly/rock and roll band in the Midwest. Their music pulls from classic sounds of the 1950s and 1960s.

The band itself includes five musicians, all of whom sing and play multiple instruments. Tight harmonies and a driving dance beat form their signature sound and have endeared them to their many fans. They've even shared the stage with the likes of The Drifters, Bobby Vee, Wolfman Jack, and The Coasters.

If you enjoy classic rock from the 1950s and '60s, you'll enjoy this band.

Sirens of the ’60s

November 03, 2018

Show at 7:00 pm

Tickets: Adults $32 each.


Debbie O’Keefe, Colleen Raye and Katie Gearty will perform “Sirens of the 60s,” featuring classic tunes of the 1960s by the female artists of the era. The show celebrates the vocal prowess of singers such as Carole King, Dionne Warwick, Cass Elliot, Lesley Gore, Petula Clark, Tammy Wynette, Nancy Sinatra, Brenda Lee and more.

Sit back, relax and take trip back to the 1960s when everything was groovy.

That’ll Be the Day

November 17, 2018

Show starts at 7:00 pm

Tickets: Adults $32

Colleen Raye Productions presents this NEW SHOW featuring the talented Wayne Luchau, Colleen Raye and Debbie O’Keefe with The Echoes Rock and Roll Band. They will be performing the dynamic music of Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, and Gene Pitney.  You’ll hear your favorites from these three amazing artists, including:

  • Roy Orbison's “Pretty Woman,” “You Got It” and “Crying,”
  • Gene Pitney's “Town Without Pity” and “24 Hours From Tulsa,”
  • Linda Ronstadt's “Blue Bayou,” “That’ll Be The Day” and “When Will I Be Loved” and more.

Filled with stories and humor as well as masterful musicianship and impressive vocals, the show will take you on an emotional, energetic and nostalgic journey you won’t forget.

Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble 2018 Concert

November 18, 2018

Show starts at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $17 each.

There is only one 24-trumpet musical ensemble in the United States, and it has its home in the Twin Cities! The Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble (TCTE) was founded in 2014 by a trio of trumpeters who decided to invite others to join them for trumpet playing and camaraderie. It took only a few months for the group to grow to 24 of the best trumpet players in the area. Under the able direction of James Olcott, TCTE in concert is a musical feast not to be missed.

Ole & Lena: Home for the Holidaze

November 28, 2018–December 23, 2018

Shows on select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm, select Thursdays at 7:30 pm, and select Sundays at 3:00 pm

Tickets: $20 each. Call 952-948-6524 to schedule your group for a lunch and show!

The pressure is on. As the newly elected event chairman of the Potsdam Muskrat Lodge Post 3412, Ole needs to create a spectacular holiday party to erase the memory of last year's dud. Lena, meanwhile, is busy baking up a storm in preparation for the Gustafson family holiday gathering at their farm. When their granddaughter Marion is suddenly rushed to the St. Cloud hospital in labor, Lena drops everything to go witness the birth of their first great-grandchild. Will Lena make it home in time to save Ole from dual holiday disasters, or will Ole just stumble around in a holidaze hoping for the best?

Christmas with the Niskas

December 01, 2018

Show at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $31 each.

Lorie, Kurt, and Terry Niska specialize in vocal harmony and have performed a variety of genres including big band, folk, country, and pop. Christmas with the Niskas holds a special place in their hearts. Childhood memories, holidays with their families are the values they treasure and reflected in their songs.

The Niskas are brothers Kurt and Terry along with Kurt's wife Lorie. They have been singing together and making new fans everywhere they go for nearly three decades. The Niskas have appeared in multiple performances with 135 symphony orchestras, including Minnesota Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.

The Niskas filmed a music video of “Silent Night” at the Lakewood Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis. The threesome was backed by classical guitarist Thomas Levandowski and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra conductor, Manny Laureano on flugelhorn.


Music Video: "Silent Night" (The Niskas)

Christmastide: The Celtic Sounds of SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin

December 18, 2018

Matinée Tickets (Show at 1:00 pm): Adults $32 each. Add a gourmet lunch to your order by calling 952-948-6524.

Evening Tickets (Show at 7:00 pm): Adults $37 each.

Adored by fans, SimpleGifts makes musical magic by bringing a modern flair to traditional Christmas carols and hymns. This award winning six-piece ensemble combines violin, Celtic whistle and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three-part female vocals to create a "modern Old-World" sound.

Fueled by grassroots fans since 2001, the 17th Annual SimpleGifts 2018 Holiday "Christmastide" Tour includes close to 20 concerts between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve in the Twin Cities or near by.

You don’t want to miss this very special performance!

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