News From the Underground

New Menu!

The Event You’ve All Been Waiting For Is Here!

Please Welcome Chef Rachel Smith to The UMC!!!



Saint Paul native Rachel Smith began her culinary journey at the early age of four. Throughout her childhood, she seized every opportunity to show her cooking and baking skills, whether it be cooking at home for her family or catering events for her high school’s theater troupe.

Her professional career began at age 15, when she became a dishwasher and prep cook at a local diner. Soon after she was cooking and learning as much as possible on the job. At home she would experiment with new recipes and techniques, poring over cook books and studying on her own, even entering food competitions.

After high school, Rachel enrolled in culinary arts at Saint Paul College. Upon completion, she honed her craft as a chef and pastry cook at Keys Café and Bakery, The University Club of Saint Paul, Smack Shack and Izatys Resort on Lake Mille Lacs.

Chef Rachel now has a “new home” at Underground Music Café. She will be serving up a new, expanded menu that accentuates her creativity and flair. The menu will feature fresh, locally sourced produce as well as refined comfort food that is sure to please any palate.


Wine Class August 2nd – Wines of Oregon

Register for Class here!


Oregon’s come a long way since the days of fording rivers and contracting cholera. They’re making some seriously good wine and in addition to tasting wonderful it also serves as a potable water source to, you know, keep the dysentery at bay.



Wine Class – June 7th – 3pm – Roses

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Nothing says summer like the dry, sweet complexity of a good rose. These aren’t your syrupy white zin’s, oh no…we’re talking flavor. Good flavor. Even if you have some doubts, and think that roses are best served to your great grandmother in a plastic cup with a healthy helping of ice cubes, give Kurt a chance to change your mind about rose wines forever.


Blues U Auditions

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UMC is proud to support BluesU, a blues performance camp and mentorship program for young people. BluesU takes place at MacPhail’s state of the art facilities and brings students together in ensembles with the most prominent and influential blues artists in the midwest for a week of rehearsing, jamming, gigging and professional development sessions with industry professionals.

It’s a truly unique and special program.

UMC will play host to these young people on May 23rd as they audition for ensemble placement from 11am to 6pm.
Sign up today to reserve a slot or submit a digital audition.


Wine Class May 3rd – Summer Whites

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We’ve had winter weather for about 7 months now, and we’ve downed bottles and bottles of deep, luxurious reds…and we’re kind of sick of them.

It’s time for something light. It’s time for something fruity and tart and sweet…something complex, with just a hint of sunshine…it’s time for Summer Whites.


Some people think of whites as syrupy and something reserved for wine beginners who lack the refined palette of the red lover. NOT SO! Winemakers are really expanding the flavor profiles in their whites and creating ever more complex flavors with as much depth as that Chateauneuf Du Pape that everyone was oogling over a few months ago at the Holiday party.

Let Kurt open up your tastebuds and prepare you for a summer of exploring the wonderful world of whites.

Register for Class here!

Wine Class – April 12 – South American Wines

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When you think of great wine regions what comes to mind? Southern France? Tuscany? California?

For whatever reason, South America doesn’t have the familiarity that other regions do, and it should, because they are producing some of the most delicate and nuanced flavors around.

How could you not get great wine in countryside like this?
or this

So let Kurt lead you on an exploration of South American wines April 12th @UMC.

Register for Wine Class Today

Wine Class – March 1, 3PM – French Wines

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If there’s one thing the French do well it’s wine….and speaking French, I suppose.

Let Kurt teach you about the regions, the varietals, and the processes the French have painstakingly perfected over centuries to deliver some of the world’s most distinguished and distinct wines.

Bonus points if  you show up looking like this guy…

No points awarded if you come looking like this guy.




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Wine Class #4: Big Reds Jan. 4th, 2015

What do we mean when we say “Big Reds?”This?
or this?
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Maybe this?

Hopefully not this

No… Of course we’re talking about this.
Red wine pouring down from a wine bottle (clipping path included)

Big red wines, perfect for the deep winter. Something to warm your bones and take away the chill, maybe help you forget that it’s dark ALL THE TIME.
Kurt will guide us through the world of big reds and help us find just the thing to carry us through to spring.

Ugly sweaters encouraged.

Wine Class #2: Fun Wines for Thanksgiving


Fall is here, and brings with it a familiar bouquet of smells and flavors, most notably those around a Thanksgiving table.
If you’re hosting and want a wine that will compliment your pumpkin pie, or are a guest and want to bring the perfect host gift, tuck in to our table on Nov. 2nd from 3PM-5PM and learn about some great, fun Thanksgiving wines.

Turkey Parking available.

Youth Blues Showcase

The best young blues bands in MN compete for the honor of representing Minnesota when we send them to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge.

Presented in partnership with MusicWorks Minnesota and the MN Blues Society. Youth Showcase Poster

NEW! Wine Classes with Kurt Hegland

Kurt Hegland, formerly of Ursula’s Wine Bar and Cafe, and currently of Rootstock Wine Company is presenting an exciting series of wine classes at UMC to delight your senses and expand your wine mind.  Kurt holds a qualification for “Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)”, which means this guy really knows his stuff, so take advantage of this cool opportunity!

The first class is on Sunday, Oct. 5th starting at 3pm, and is going to focus on wine basics: how it’s made, how to taste, and what to look for in a quality wine.

The cost is $30 per person which includes wine, presentation, and light appetizers.

Get your ticket by clicking below and reserve your spot today…they’re going to fill up fast!

Re-Opening Music Festival Lineup July 12-13

Hey Folks!

Well, we’ve remodeled, added menu items, and are in the process of renovating the stage thanks to the efforts and generosity of this community.
To celebrate all the hard work, support and great music happening here, we’d like to throw you a party and formally welcome you to the Underground Music Cafe!

Here’s the fantastic lineup of musical acts. We’ve got everything from jazz to folk, bluegrass to rock, polka to new age….it’s all happening this weekend!


WE DID IT! Thank you so much!

We can’t believe it. The Kickstarter campaign to get rid of the pole and renovate the stage was a success!

Almost 200 people pitched in to raise a total of $16,500.00 in just 30 days. That’s nothing short of amazing.

We’d like to thank each and every donor sincerely. You guys are the best.

Here are all the awesome human beings who gave to the project. When you’re enjoying a pole-free view of the stage and listening to perfectly clear tones coming from a new sound system, you have them to thank for it:
Aaron Kerr
Aaron Rosell
Adam Levy
Alex Schmuck
Alliance Bank
Allison Jones
Amy Powers
Amy Shaw
Andrew D. Huber
Angela Newhouse
Anna McFall
Becca VanderWall
Becky Lien
Benjamin Kitt
Benjamin Shaw
Bill J Cagley
Bob Dixon
Brad Dunse
Breanne Marie Schlies
Brian Zepp
Bronwyn Deen
Bruce Olson
Bruce Pappas
Bryan ‘Bevans’ Evans
Camilo Canegato
Carly Christenson
Carole Brower
Caroline Reddy
Carolyn India-Black
Cat McNerlin
Cathe Cheesebrow
Charlie McCarron
Charlotte and Don Schuld
Chas. Joy
Chris Mertz
Christina Kerschner
Christine Wroblewski
Christopher Bruhn
Christopher Gorski
Cindy Liedman
Claire Hammer
Colt Blunt
Corey Hobbins
Cullen Fitzpatrick
Curt Oren
Dan Ratté
Dan Tanz
Daniel Barnes
Dave Bellis
David DeGrio
David Maeda
David Olson
David Tuenge
David Vincent
Debra Hadraba
Deena Wassenberg
Diana Sefkow
Dick and Mary Jo Tein
Donald Raleigh
Dorothy Waltz
Doug Millaway
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Emma Grundhauser
Eric Distad
Erik Brandt
Eugene M Willms
Evan Tepler
Fred Keller
George Moore
H. Brent Clark
Holly MacEwen
Jan Young
janelle heininger
Janis Weller
Jason P. Schumacher
Jean Simat
Jeff Crump
Jeff Kleinbaum
Jeff Ronneberg
Jessica bifulk
Jill Stefansen
Jimmi Langemo
Joe Fishbein
John E. Bennett
John Seymour-Anderson
John Whitehead
Johnny Azari
Josh Metcalfe
Joyce Kramer
Judith Stromberg
judy plante
Julia Ryan-Holch
Julie Novak
Jun Sugiyama
Karen Krueger
Karen Thoen
Kate Biederwolf
Kathi LaValle
Kathleen Johnson
Kathy Lee
Katy Vernon
Keira Thrasher
Kevin Peterson
Kim Carpenter Bennett
Kim Klauder
Kim Sueoka
Kris Grangaard
Kurt Hegland
Kyle Fosburgh
Larry Carpenter
Lars Johnson
Laura Coste
Lisa Brown
Lisa Sinclair
Luanne Olson
Lynn Hutchinson
Martin Bergstedt
Mary Daschner
Mary Losure
Matt Pohl
Michael Basques
Mike Haldorson
Minnesota Association of Songwriters
Moriah Paige Bame
Nancy McCreary
Nancy McGinley Myers
Naomi Latimer
Neal Swanger
Nicola Murray
No Grass Limit
Noah Keitel
PAm Bowers
Pam York
Patricia Painter
Patrick Zimmerman
Paul Steffel
Peg Meyer
Pete Mohs
Phil & Elaine Cheesebrough
Phil Platt
Priscilla Thomas
Rachael Hanson
Rachael White
Ray Pascoe
Rayetta Murray
Regina Fitzgerald
Richard Schletty
richard white
Rick Swanson
Robert and Kathleen Salisbury
Robin McGalliard Nelson
Roland Trenary
Ross Grotbeck
Sarah Jacobs
Scott Wooldridge
Sharon Garcia
Shaun Daniel
Stephen Harlan-Marks
Stephen Henderson
Stewart Lelievre
Stu Janis
Sue Ann Gruver
Susan Hsu
Suzanne Carrington
Sylvia Hoke
Teamworks intl
The Loft at Studio J
The Media Workshop, Inc
Tobin Deen
Tom Heimerman
Tony Anthonisen
Vicki brewer
Wayne Hamilton
William Tregaskis
Zac & Liz Owens

Kickstarter to Transform the Stage at UMC!!!

To better support all the great musicians that grace our stage we’re engaging in a Kickstarter project and are seeking your help raising the funds to transform our stage.

Our community cafe has the potential to be one of the best listening rooms for local music in the Twin Cities. To realize that potential we would like to remove the pole on the stage and update our old and failing sound system. Please watch the video below to learn more about the project and how you can be involved!

We humbly as that you please visit the link below, share it widely, and support local music in the Twin Cities by backing this project.

Exciting Changes are Happening Here at The Coffee Grounds


You have probably noticed things look and taste a little different around here.

We’ve got big plans for this awesome community coffee shop and hope you will join in our excitement as we transition into a space that will be geared towards supporting local music and music education through our non-profit, MusicWorks Minnesota. It will still be the great, family-friendly neighborhood hangout you’ve known and loved, but with a fresh look, improved food, new offerings, and we look forward to making this the best place it can be for you.

Thanks for your continued support.
Tim, Dan, Dennis and Bonnie

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