Author Archives: Marv Menzel

Gypsy Swing Jam

There’s a new jam in town. Monday, November 7, 7:00 pm is the inaugural session of the new Gypsy Swing Jam. Its a jam for folks interested in the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and American swing and jazz standards. This jam is recommended for intermediate to advanced players with some background in the music.; […]

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Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are coming to town

Laurie Lewis is one of the most celebrated song writers and performers in the world of Bluegrass music today.  We are delighted to be able to host Laurie and her band, The Right Hands on Saturday, October 29.  The Right Hands are long time musical partner, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Max Schwartz.  This will […]

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Deering Banjo Ukuleles arrive

Just received our first shipment of two Deering Goodtime banjo ukuleles.  There has been lots of buzz about these instruments and our first examination tells us they are everything they were promised to be.  The attached photo replaces the 1,000 words we were going to put in this space.  We have more on order, but […]

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Join us to wish Holle Brian Bon Voyage and Happy Trails

Holle Brian will be leaving The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor this Thursday, May 28. Holle and husband Rich have sold their house in South Minneapolis and have purchased another in Taylors Falls, MN.  We are inviting all interested parties who have had a chance to be served by Holle here at The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor to gather with […]

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Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival Date Set

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And don’t you dare miss it.  Saturday, June 13, 2015.  It’s held in Minneapolis’ historic Loring Park.  It’s a FREE festival and runs from 12:00 noon to 8 pm.  Food vendors are on site and horse and carriage rides will be available. This year, the festival will feature The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, The Little Thunderbirds, Frank […]

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Seydel Harmonicas since 1847

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With the sale of Hohner, C.A. Seydel remains the only German Company making harmonicas which they have been doing since 1847.  When you are ready to take a step up, try out a Seydel.  We have in stock the Blues “Session” which sells for $34.95 and the Blues “Session Steel” featuring stainless steel reeds for […]

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Win Tickets to see Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

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They are very likely acoustic music’s most prominent couple and they’re coming to town.  Bela fleck & Abigail Washburn will be performing at The O’shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University on Wednesday, february 25 at 7:30 p.am.  Their concert is a joint production of The Dakota and The O’Shaugfhnessy.   Our friends at The Dakota, whose calendar features a wide variety of […]

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Bryan Bowers is coming to town. Friday, January 9, 7:30 PM

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Yes, Santa has come and gone, but close on his heels comes Bryan Bowers and his trained Autoharps.  And the gifts he brings are musical delivered vocally and instrumentally.  And, here’s a suggestion for what could be your most easily kept resolution for 2015:  “I will not miss this year’s twin cities appearance by Bryan […]

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Miles and Miles of Mandolin Smiles

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One of the most often requested instruments during the holidays is the mandolin.  This has been true for several years.  We very likely have more mandolins on hand than any other music store in Minnesota.  Somewhere south of 50 on hand.  We have “A’ Models as well as “F’ Models in some of the most […]

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Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue is out!

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You may have heard it discussed on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday.  The Winter 2014 issue of Oxford American is on the newsstands now.  It’s their annual Southern Music Issue and this year it’s devoted to the music of Texas. The cover photo is a 1975 photo of Guy and Susanna Clark. The accompanying 25 song […]

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