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.

Next Performance:



11AM-1PM | CSU Hearth lounge

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Two greats among Minnesota piano professionals, Tom Hunter and Scottie Miller have never crossed paths - until now. For the first time, Tom and Scottie will join forces for two hours of music spanning from rhythm and blues to New Orleans jazz. The two will share the stage for a free mid-day performance on Wednesday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge as part of the ongoing CSU Serendipity Music Series. 

TOM HUNTER: A self-taught rhythm and blues player, Tom has become a fixture with the CSU Serendipity Music Series where he has performed numerous times in recent years. His large hands float across the keys to create a style that is part boogie-woogie, part blues and part Rat Pack jazz. Combine that with Tom’s smooth bass-baritone vocals that cover everything from Sinatra to Etta James.

These days, Tom is half of the Soave Brothers duet. Brothers of different mothers, the dual has Tom (Blanco)on piano/vocals with Frank Johns (Aldo) on guitar. They recently released their album EST 1964.

SCOTTIE MILLER: Two-time inductee into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame, Scottie "Bones" Miller ranks among Minnesota's finest with a signature piano style and vocal quality that reaches far south into sounds from New Orleans and Memphis. Grounded in blues and rock, his music also lends itself to soul, R&B, country and jazz elements.

Along with creating the Scottie Miller Band in 2000, Scottie also was touring keyboardist for blue legend Bo Diddley as well as for three-time, Grammy-nominated singer Ruthie Foster. As a singer-songwriter, Scottie collaborated with Ruthie Foster to co-wrote “I Was Called,” a song later recorded by gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Scottie was inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for both Contributions to Blues Music and Heritage (for his instructional book Rock Keyboards published by Hal Leonard), and in 2018 as Blues Performer, the Hall of Fame's highest honor.

Upcoming Performances:

Mark Joseph and The american soul


11AM-1PM | Fountain Mall

(Rain site) CSU Hearth lounge


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

Chico Chavez

Church of Cash

Dennys Burga

Dred I Dread*

Druzy Rose

Duckshack Dave

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

Matt Haeffel

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

Scottie Miller


Soave Brothers

Space Monkey Mafia*

Static Panic

Sugar Babies

Tim Cheesebrow*

Tom Hunter*

Vinnie Rose

Yam Haus

* Return Performers