About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

Aug 31: Grand Oak Opry Presents Erik Koskinen in Rochester!

Grand Oak Opry is ‘branching out’ – and we’re thrilled to have Erik Koskinen play at a new site with new partners in Rochester!

“Koskinen specializes in workingman’s blues, the hard work and good times of life in the hardscrabble region of his youth. In addition to his own brand of Americana music, Koskinen is sought after as a guitarist and producer by bands like Trampled by Turtles.” -Rochester Post

On Saturday, August 31st at 7:00 pm (gate opens at 6:00), Grand Oak Opry will host a Rochester concert with Erik W. Koskinen. The address for the site is 6513 W River Rd NW, Rochester, MN 55901-2144. Here’s a map link.

TICKETS & LOGISTICS: There are no tickets. We request a $10 donation/adult, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. Seating is first come first served, with gate open at 6:00. (You can also check out our Facebook page here.)

We ask that you bring your own chair/blanket, and anything that you like to eat or drink. (Adult beverages allowed.) We provide an onsite bathroom in our house but please “drink responsibly” . No animals allowed.

This summer for the first time, and in partnership with The Jive Mill and Root River Jam, Grand Oak Opry is ‘branching out’ to Rochester, MN. The event is sponsored by MinnWest Bank, Solar Connection, Thesis Beer Project, and Stogies on Grand in St. Paul.

Koskinen has been promoting his new album to rave reviews throughout the region. Check it out here: www.erikkoskinen.com.

Minnesota-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer Erik Koskinen has released four independent albums since 2010. He has played over 500 dates, sold in excess of 5,000 independent albums, and amassed over 300,000 digital streams. Koskinen has also recorded albums with and for Trampled by Turtles, Dead Man Winter, The Lowest Pair, The Waifs, Frankie Lee, The 4ontheFloor, and Haley Bonar.

As the Rochester music scene continues to grow, and hosted music events are becoming more popular, Grand Oak Opry hopes to add to the opportunities for live music.


Love of music, love of neighborhood

We host backyard concerts at our home that feature local musicians. 100% of the proceeds to support the bands.

Everyone is welcome to attend.We live in the “Uppertown” or “Dousman Park” neighborhood of St. Paul, in a pre-civil war house with a double lot and a 200+ year old white oak tree. The space works really well for music performances, and the neighbors have been incredibly supportive, including volunteering their time and skills to make these concerts happen. We’re lucky to live in a neighborhood with so many creative people in so many different fields of work.

Please contact us if you know or are a band intersted in playing the Grand Oak Opry.

(Header photo credit: Jason Campbell)