Live Music in Rural MN
In Unique Gallery Space
Variety of Music Genres
Open to ALL!

The Cultural Center is pleased to present our 2023 Fall Concert Series! We look forward to bringing live music back to our unique, intimate listening-room-style space in our visual arts gallery. All are welcome to join us for these one-of-a-kind music experiences!

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7:00 (unless noted otherwise) and are held at the Cultural Center (NYMRCC), 24 North Main Avenue in NYM (unless noted otherwise). All tickets are general admission with seating available on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments and a cash bar are available at most concerts.

Tickets are generally $10-$12 in advance or $12-$15 at the door, and Cultural Center members receive a $2 discount when purchasing at the Center. Student tickets are $5. Call the Center for advance ticket reservations (218-385-3339) or buy them online; links will be added to each concert below.

2023 Fall Concert Series Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 14: PK Mayo Trio Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30: Ben Ranson Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 4: Gangspil Concert @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14: Meat Rabbits polka band @ NYM Oktoberfest @ 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 9: Skarlett Woods Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8: The Eclectics Bluegrass Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 21: Annual Longest Night Music Festival @ 7:00 p.m.


Upcoming Concerts:

Friday, December 8th, 2023 @ 7:30 P.M.
The Eclectics 

Co-Presented by NYM Friends of the Library & NYM Regional Cultural Center, the Eclectics are a bluegrass-based trio, playing old favorites, surprising bluegrass (covers of older pop and country), and original music, including Phil Nusbaum on banjo and vocals; Nick Martin on fiddle and vocals; and John Bergquist on bass. The trio plays a great variety of song types. The focus is instrumental music, though they sing some good old songs, too. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door ($2 discount for members), and $5 for students.

Get Eclectics Tickets! >

Thursday, December 21st, 2023
Longest Night Music Festival

Our annual winter solstice celebration of local musicians is a local favorite! Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Lineup of local/regional musicians TBD. This event is free to attend and open to all!  Freewill donations to support local live music are accepted at the event or by clicking the donate button below.

To get an idea of what to expect, check out our 2020 Virtual Longest Night Concert, a collection of performances of local/regional musicians presented virtually due to the COVID global health pandemic: 2020 Longest Night Virtual Concert

If you are a local musician interested in performing, please email or call 218-385-3339.

Click to DONATE to the Longest Night! >

Past Concerts:

Thursday September 14th, 2023 @ 7:30 P.M.
PK Mayo Trio

The PK Mayo Acoustic Trio features PK Mayo on guitar and vocals, Steve Lehto on guitar and mandolin, and John Wright on bass. PK Mayo’s natural musical talent on guitar has garnered worldwide praise from his colleagues and critics. See his trio LIVE in NYM!  Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door ($2 discount for members), and $5 for students.

Learn more:

Get PK Mayo Trio Tickets! >

Saturday, September 30th, 2023 @ 7:30 P.M.
Ben Ranson 

Ben Ranson is a nylon-string, finger-style guitarist and comic singer-songwriter from Sebeka, Minnesota. He calls himself a “folksinger,” but he is much more than that. At a recent performance, fans reported “laughing until they cried” as they listened to his songs about potato inspectors, love, taxidermists, garbage men, grasshoppers, and other unusual subjects. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door ($2 discount for members), and $5 for students.

Get Ben Ranson Tickets! >

Guitar Improv Workshop @ 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 30th

Ben Ranson will also offer a workshop on unaccompanied improvisation for the guitar at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 (the afternoon before the concert). This will be a hands-on workshop. Participants must bring an acoustic guitar.

The basic idea is to learn how to make up music, on the spot, all by yourself, that sounds beautiful. To be able to participate in this workshop, you need to know how to play an open E chord and an open D chord.

Techniques covered will include drone strings, arpeggios, call and response, simple chord-melody, and pedal point. Each technique is simple enough to be done by a beginner, but can also be done by advanced players. Cost $15 (10% discount for members). Max 20 participants. Click below to register online:

Register for Ben Ranson’s Guitar Improv Workshop! >

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 @ 6:30 P.M.

Co-Presented by NYM Friends of the Library & NYM Regional Cultural Center, Gangspil will take you on an entertaining and variated journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. These lively musicians perform old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. Pay as you’re able for this concert (freewill donation) to support live music in NYM!

Learn more about Gangspil here:

Made an online donation here >

Saturday, October 14th, 2023 @ 7:00 – 11:00 P.M.
Oktoberfest NYM @ NYM City Hall Ballroom
Live Polka Music by The Meat Rabbits
Co-Presented by NYM Lions Club & NYM Regional Cultural Center

The Meat Rabbits are not your grandma’s polka band! Led by NYM native Matt Rutten, the Meat Rabbits will have you tapping your toes and out on the dance floor before you can finish that pretzel. Advance tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) and include entry to live polka music plus a commemorative NYM Oktoberfest mug. Brats, pretzels, and beer will be available for purchase by Concept Catering and the NYM Lions Club. Come celebrate German heritage, a live polka band, and Fall in Minnesota with your neighbors and friends! 

Get Oktoberfest Tickets! >

Thursday, November 9th, 2023 @ 7:30
Skarlett Woods

Often known for her way of entwining mesmerizing vocal passages with a 7-string classical guitar groove far advanced beyond your average singer/songwriter, Skarlett Woods brings folk and West Coast Jazz to the same dinner table. Skarlett is gaining a loyal fan base through her melodic and rhythmic style writings that she pairs with Americana & Blue-Eyed Soul. At the heart of it all is a 7-sting Nylon guitar and an unforgettable voice.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door ($2 discount for members), and $5 for students.

Get Skarlett Woods Tickets! >


We hope to see you this Fall!  Any questions, give us a call at 218-385-3339 or email

These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through an operating support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.