The New Standards announce 16th annual holiday show to play at the State Theatre Dec. 1-2

October 2, 2023

The illustrious Minnesota jazz trio, The New Standards, return once again to the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave.) to celebrate their 16th anniversary season with their annual Holiday Show spectacular on Friday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) and online at

Friday Dec. 1 8 p.m. State Theatre $55, 80, 135
Saturday Dec. 2 4 p.m. State Theatre $30, 50, 80
Saturday Dec. 2 8 p.m. State Theatre $55, 80, 135

Celebrating its 16th anniversary season in 2023, The New Standards Holiday Show rings in the yule with a unique twist on traditional holiday concerts—one part variety show, one part homage to the season, one part irreverent, free-wheeling spectacle. The trio is joined by a supporting cast replete with vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, and as always, a dazzling lineup of special surprise guests. This show has become a beloved annual tradition in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Minnesota stalwarts The New Standards create an intriguing blend of everything from classic cabaret to punk rock, from the freedom of jazz, to the soul of pop and rock. They make it work through sheer musicianship and offbeat humor.  The instrumentation is simple: John Munson of Trip Shakespeare/ Semisonic fame on bass; Chan Poling, founder of the new-wave group The Suburbs on piano; and Steve Roehm on vibes. Chan and John split the singing.

If that’s not enough, a footstomp here, a shout-out, a fiery solo, and it’s cooked. Simple, elegant, illuminating. “As a trio, they have made a practice of dressing up punk and pop classics – “I Will Dare” by the Replacements gets a place in the pantheon – in jazz arrangements that overlay piano, upright bass and vibraphone…The DNA of the band and its members has its feet firmly rooted into punk/pop culture.” – NY Times

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.