Winter 2021 / 2022
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 concerts will remain virtual until
February 11, 2022, when we will to return to live-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:

Bill Staines Remembered

With gratitude and sadness, we remember singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bill Staines who passed away December 5, 2021 from prostate cancer at the age of 74.  A constant wanderer, Bill made the stage at BoDiddley’s home for two hours every other year for the past thirty years. His music, rooted in America and present in our hearts, will go on and on.


Charlie Roth 
Thurs, Jan 6. 7:30

More info to follow.                                 

To join the livestream concert:

Dan Israel 
Thurs, Jan 27. 7:30

More info to follow.             
To join the livestream concert: Link to be added later.

Claudia Schmidt 
Fri, Feb 11. 7:00
Live, in-person concert

"First Fridays at First"
Granite City Folk Society and First Presbyterian Church of St. Cloud
will collaborate to present a series of in-person concerts, "First Fridays at First."
Physical distancing and mask wearing will be required. Covid vaccination or recent testing is encouraged for all attendees.
When possible, these concerts will also be live-streamed.

Although not technically the first Friday of the month,
the first concert will be Claudia Schmidt on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 7 PM.
Ticket information will follow early next year. 



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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