Connie Shaver is a marketing communications consultant with a passion for building relationships and a wealth of experience in the Twin Cities' arts and entertainment industry. Working alongside clients to define and achieve their goals, Connie specializes in strategic marketing, media coverage, social media, audience development, and community partnerships.

“Build a relationship first and do business second.”
—Jim McCann, CEO of 1-800 Flowers 

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Music on the Mind

Summer is right around the corner--and that means outdoor music season!

Grand Old Day ushers in summer on Sunday, June 3, with "the first parde of the summer" and 30 blocks of food, art, and live entertainment along Saint Paul's historic Grand Avenue. This year, the entertainment district features six beer festival gardens and extended hours for more live music. Get your wristbands online in advance!

Then, later in June, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival celebrates it's 20th year with 3 days of headline acts on multiple public stages in and around Mears Park, plus performances at local clubs, bars and studio venues. This year's headliners include vocalist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater; seasoned tenor saxophonist Houston Person with the Emmet Cohen Trio; Beyonce collaborator and saxophonist Tia Fuller; jazz innovator Aurora Nealand with pianist Tom McDermott; and up-and-coming jazz vocalist Nayo Jones. Admission to concerts on the main stages remains free due to the support of many generous sponsors and supporters.

In July, the Twin Cities' largest, free blues festival—with an extra dose of funk—returns to Mears Park. The Friday night lineup at the Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival includes the Ohio Players, High & Mighty, and Free and Easy. Saturday’s blues lineup includes Marcia Ball, Chubby Carrier, Toronzo Cannon, Crow, Scottie Miller Band, and Mae Simpson Band on the Main Stage.

Finally, in August, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, on August 4th. Performed by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, world-class soloists and a professional orchestra and conducted by Artistic Director Matthew Mehaffey, the concert features both classical and theatrical music by Bernstein.


An International Spring

Coming up in this spring are two festivals that connect their audiences with the international world:

The 37th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival returns April 12-28, bringing over 150 new feature films and 100 shorts representing 70+ countries to audiences throughout the Upper Midwest. This year, MSPIFF expands to include select screenings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, in addition to screenings at its hub at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the Capri Theater, the Uptown Theatre, Metropolitan State University's Film Space in St. Paul and the Marcus Wehrenberg 14 Theater in Rochester. For tickets, passes, and the full schedule, visti

Then, in May, Minnesota's largest multi-cultural celebration gets underway in downtown Saint Paul. Festival of Nations, which is open to the public May 4 - 6, brings together people from a vast array of backgrounds to celebrate their ethnic heritage, learn about other cultures and enjoy great food. The theme for 2018, which will be seen throughout the Festival, is Then and Now: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Cultural Traditions. For tickets and more info, visit


Musical March Madness

From Pirates of Penzance at Park Square Theatre to a brand new JazzMN commission by nationally-recognized jazz composers, March is full of music in the Twin Citeis! Here's what else is coming up:

The Pirates of Penzance A Raisin in the Sun

Northfield-natives Doug Scholz-Carlson and Brian Sostek collaborate on a new rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan's wickedly funny operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, playing through March 25 on the Proscenium Stage at Park Square Theatre. Check out this article in the Northfiled Weekender about the two!

And returning to Park Square's Andy Boss Thrust Stage after a sold out run last year is Lorraine Hansberry's A Rasin in the Sun, playing for a limited run through March 16.

JazzMN Orchestra The Comission Project JazzMN Orchestra The Comission Project

JazzMN Orchestra continues their 2017-18 season with The Comission Project on Saturday, March 10, with specially comissioned works by nationally recongized composers including David Berger, Michael Philip Mossman, John Wason, and others.

Then, on Saturday, April 7, the JazzMN Orchestra concludes their season in concert with a special guest, saxaphonist Bill Evans, performing selections from Evans' award-winning album, Vans Joint.

Cliff Eberhardt

One of our newest clients, GINKGO coffeehouse, presents an solo concert by singer-songwriter Cliff Eberhardt on Saturday, March 10. Eberhardt brings his sense of humor, musical talent and energy to GINKGO's intimate listening room.

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