Author Archives: Marv Menzel

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  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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A Tip of the Homestead Hat to Mark & Erdyne Briere

Poinsettia 2014

As they do every year, Mark & Erdyne have made the Pickin’ Parlor look ever so much more festive with the addition of the 2014 Homestead Poinsettia.  Check it out when you visit and the attached photo will give you an idea of what you’re looking for.  A splash of color and festivity from two […]

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Sunday Hours added until Christmas

As we do each holiday season, we add Sunday hours to make your shopping for musical supplies as easy as possible. We will be open November 30 (that’s tomorrow), and December 7, 14 & 21.  Our Sunday hours are from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 pm.  Tomorrow Bruce and  Marv will be on hand to help […]

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November Recordings New Releases/Arrivals

Lots of wonderful new releases this month.  Remember on Saturday, November 29, Small Business Saturday, you can receive a 20% discount when you purchase three or more CDs.  You may want to take advantage of those savings on some of the titles listed below: CDs   JAP-01003            John Black, O Tannenbaum                                                                            $ 12.75 GGR-002               Gregory […]

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“Black Friday” & “Small Business Saturday”

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Well, it’s here again – the holiday shopping season. Some years ago, retailers coined the phrase “Black Friday”, and anointed the day after Thanksgiving with that appellation. The mythology behind the term says that it was the day that businesses typically went in the black after losing money all year to that point. If that’s […]

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