Fall / Winter 2021 
Welcome to Granite City Folk Society's 2nd virtual concert season.
The pandemic is being more stubborn than any of us anticipated, so
the Society's Fall concerts will remain virtual at least until
January of 2022, when we hope to return to in-person concerts.
Meanwhile, look for our 
on-line concerts 
on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 PM CST

Our artists will be performing via streaming services.
These streaming platforms will vary, so note the links for the individual events.

There is no ticketing for these performances,
but the artists will be operating their own virtual tip jars.
Be generous--we're all running on fumes these days.

Feedback on your concert experience:

We hope to get back to live-in-person concerts shortly after the 1st of the year.

Tom Mason 
Thurs, Dec 9. 7:30

Tom Mason's performing personas include a pirate, the fool from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and an Elvis-impersonating Christmas elf. Back when he was a Minnesotan, he played rock with Paul Westerberg, among others. He eventually wound up in Nashville, where he wound up in theater, toured with a Johnny Cash musical, and formed Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. He has served as music director and composer for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival--where he also got to play the fool, theatrically speaking. What we'll get in his on-line concert is anybody's guess, but it will be anything but dull.

"Somewhere in the twilight zone between Tom Waits and Kid Creole & his Coconuts there's lots of room for rocky, bluesy Vaudevillians like Nashville's Tom Mason. Mason is a raconteur in the '30s cabaret tradition, where Brecht & Weill met the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey. Absolutely not your average Nashville singer/songwriter. . . ."  --Evert Wilbrink, FolkWax Magazine

"The songs touch on blues, vaudeville, gypsy music. . . . This is a delight of Americana music and all the influences that were awash in that country a century or so ago. Tom Mason makes musical alchemy that delivers its magic. . . ."" - Stephen Rapid

A joyful melange of American sounds. . . [Mason] displays a familiarity with and love for all the rich veins of twentieth century American music." --John (Biscuits & Gravy) Davy,



To join the livestream concert:



Main Series Shows

Purchase on-line by clicking on the appropriate "Get Tickets" button on this page or -- more likely during these times -- as you're watching a streaming concert, click a donation link. 

These venues will be returning for concerts when safe:

Bo Diddley's  129 25th Ave S, St Cloud
GCFS's main concert location.

Pioneer Place on Fifth  22 Fifth Ave South St Cloud
Purchase tickets online or via the phone 320-203-0331

Paramount Theatre  913 West St Germain Street St Cloud
Purchase tickets online or via the phone 320-259-LINE

House Concerts

See Granite City Folk Society website for more information about location.
We would like to thank the following people for their generous donations to the Granite City Folk Society:

Benefactor-  Sara Grachek & Jim Mihalek, Dallas Wakefield, Doug Polley, Art & Barb Grachek, Erik Janssen, Karl & Mary Leslie, Jane Ellison & Glen Palm, Rick Walter & Cristina Seaborn, Gary & Barb Strandemo, Anonymous.

Patron-  Sheila Barr & Mike Wirey, Jon & Mardi Knudson, Peg Obremski, Ross Vaughan, Diane Tuff & Murdoch Johnson, Scott Gibson.

Donor-  Gary and Mary Dockendorf, Matthew Middendorf, Marlyss Keller, Anonymous, Richard & Marianne Arnzen.

Contributor-  Bill & Judy Langen, Mike Thole, Margaret Karsten.


Special thanks go out to our season sponsors, GrandStay Residential Suites, Bo Diddley’s Deli, and CMAB for their generous support.

GrandStay provides first class overnight accommodations for our musician guests.

BoDiddley’s Provides food & beverage for our musicians and an intimate setting for 90% of our concerts.


Donations are tax deductible and offer donor recognition & thanks. This is not a profitable enterprise. Our ticket sales typically do not quite cover musician compensation, much less printing, advertising, theater rental, insurance, etc., etc. We have in recent years been fortunate to receive grants to help defray expenses, we have received in-kind donations from our season sponsors, and we have also enjoyed increasing support from patrons such as yourselves. Collectively, these are the pieces of the financial puzzle that keep our boat afloat. Please consider a donation. Any amount is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.
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