Summer 2022
"First Fridays at First"

Granite City Folk Society and First Presbyterian Church of St. Cloud
collaborate to present a series of in-person concerts, "First Fridays at First."

Physical distancing and mask wearing is encouraged but not required.
Covid vaccination or recent testing is also encouraged.
 Our "mask required for concert" protocol has been changed to "mask encouraged."
Full refunds will be made for anyone who has purchased tickets previously,
but is not comfortable with this change.

When possible, these concerts will also be live-streamed.

All the "First Fridays at First" shows begin at 7 PM
and run an hour and a quarter.
~~  One long set with no intermission  ~~
Doors open at 6:30 PM.

First Presbyterian Church
340 5th Ave S, St Cloud, MN

Rupert Wates 
Fri, July 1. 7:00
  Live, in-person concert 

London-born Rupert Wates has called the US home since 2006, gigging cross-country and writing about us. His songs range from the historical to the topical to the personal, and recently he has been spending some pandemic time working on classical pieces as, he writes, "a means of broadening my musicianship." This could prove to be a very interesting show.

"A smidgen of Django, and a little dose of the English music hall leavened with the panache of an expert Continental quartet. Wates is. . . a marvelous lyricist. . . he writes words that sing."  --Steve Klingaman,

"Terrific hooks, deep lyrics, awesome voice and nearly astonishing fingerpicking chops--the real deal." --Paul Fried, Monterey County Weekly 

"Wates performs his own songs, ballads reminiscent of Billy Joel's in their ability to tell stories. His music offers an oral history of troubled times across America through the years."
--Melissa Hall, Indy Fringe Reviews


Tickets: $14 plus service charge, online through June 30.   
$17 at door on the evening of the show.

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Main Series Shows

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

First Presbyterian Church  340 5th Ave S, St Cloud, MN
GCFS's current main concert location.

Bo Diddley's  129 25th Ave S, St Cloud
GCFS's usual 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-  Anonymous2, Sara Grachek & Jim Mihalek, Dallas Wakefield, Doug Polley, Art & Barb Grachek, Erik Janssen, Karl & Mary Leslie, Jane Ellison & Glen Palm, Gary & Barb Strandemo, Anonymous1.

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

Donor-  Matthew Middendorf, Marlyss Keller, Anonymous, Richard & Marianne Arnzen.

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


Special thanks go out to our season sponsors, Days Inn, Sable Inn, Bo Diddley’s Deli, First Presbyterian Church, and CMAB for their generous support.

   Days Inn and Sable Inn provide discounted accommodations for our musician guests.

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

  First Presbyterian Church provides a beautiful setting for most of our current 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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