Serendipity Music Series


The ongoing Serendipity Music Series in the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato, offers free mid-week, mid-day performances for the campus and Mankato area community that spotlight Minnesota musicians with "street-corner serenade" style performances. Passers-by can stop to listen or bring their lunch and enjoy some of Minnesota's finest musicians. The performances during fall and spring semesters are sponsored by the Centennial Student Union with support through the student activity fee.


'DUALING' PIANOS: Scottie Miller & Tom Hunter
RESCHEDULED: Performance Date: Tuesday, April 2
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
CSU Hearth Lounge

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du•al - consisting of two parts, elements, or aspects. Rather than dueling pianos, Scottie Miller and Tom Hunter are Minnesota's Dynamic Dual of Keyboard Wizards. Bringing their two styles together for the third year in a row, their combined performance has become an annual April tradition for the Serendipity Music Series. 

Scottie Miller, a three-time Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame inductee for blues literature, blues performer and blues song impresses audiences as a solo performer and band frontman. All the while, he continues to expand his talents, most recently, as a poet whose Carnival Cocoon collection of poems are recited with musical accompaniment.

Tom Hunter is a frequent flyer with the Serendipity Music Series having racked up more performances than any other musical guest over the past decade. From blues to boogie woogie, the big man's nimble fingers literally do "tickle the ivories" as they go from pounding notes to floating over the keyboard. Mix that with his big bass vocals and you have a delightful assortment of ear candy offering something for everyone.   





Past Performers' Videos


SMS Video: Sesay "Boys Cry"

SMS Video: Mark Joseph "Vegas Motel"

SMS Video: Nuelz ft. Paydro Pesos "Manifested"

SMS Video: Smokin' Joe & Olivia Quintanilla Crowd Participation: Freestyling with Truth Rhymes

SMS Video: Mae Simpson Music

SMS Video: Yesterday by Forsyth & Patrick

SMS Video: Everett Smithson Band

SMS Video: Paul Mayasich

SMS Video: Blue Ox Jazz Babies

SMS Video: Piano Man Tom Hunter


Past Performers 

The CSU Serendipity Music Series is proud to have hosted these Minnesota musicians as part of ongoing commitment to share various genres of music with its Minnesota State Mankato community. The Centennial Student Union is the students' House of Serendipity offering pleasant surprises that INVITE, INVOLVE and INSPIRE.

Amy Korteum*

Blue Ox Jazz Babies*

Briz & Lady

Chad Johnson & Jeenti

Chico Chavez

Church of Cash

Dennys Burga

Dred I Dread*

Druzy Rose

Duckshack Dave

Emmy Woods

Everett Smithson Band*

Fairfax AK

Fat City All Stars*


Fred Steele

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Garrett Steinberg

Good Night, Gold Dust*

Greg Herriges*


Heart of a Tinman

Hot Date

Hustle Rose

Ian Hilmer


Jake Ilika

Jenn Melby and Sister Gin*

Joe Scarpellino* and Olivia Quintanilla

Laura Jackson

Lehto and Wright


Matthew Haefel

Maud Hixson

Mac Gabler

Mae Simpson Music

Mark Joseph*

Max Graham*

Megan Hamilton

Michael Thul

Mookie the Magician

Nookie Jones*


Ocho and Betty*

OK Factor*

Paul Booth Johnson

Paul "PK Mayo" Mayasich*

PreApocalyptic Junkyard Orchestra

Prime & PM

Rachael Kilgour

Rain Dogs

Sam Licari & Carson Raethke (Irie Minds)

Scottie Miller*


Soave Brothers

Space Monkey Mafia*

Static Panic

Sugar Babies

Tim Cheesebrow*

Tom Hunter*

Vinnie Rose

Wain McFarlane

Yam Haus

* Return Performers