Nothing compares to a live concert, seeing a band play music you love. I have listed a brief summary of of some the best live concerts I have seen, although this is far from complete – I have seen hundreds of bands play original music live, famous and not so famous. They all have one thing in common – they are attempting to connect in an almost primal sense.
To connect with an audience and share their creation is a true art form, and the best seem to do it effortlessly. I have seen many of these shows in some of the best live rock venues, and I have listed a few of my favorite places to watch a concert.
A huge part of the live music experience is the “where” – the venue can add to the experience or make it less memorable, through the facility or sound quality. Whether it is a small sweaty club or an enormous outdoor stadium, it still comes down to the artist being able to share the music with fidelity and clarity.These is an incomplete list of the best non-arena music venues in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul – these are places I have personally experienced many times but there are still many to check out. I hope over time to expand this listing outside of the metro area.
I recommend to get out there and enjoy.
No surprise here – if Prince hadn’t made it famous it still would have been a legend. Hundreds of spilled beers, terrible bathrooms and amazing shows. Open to a wide variety of musical tastes, the only drawbacks are the drink prices and the previously mentioned bathrooms. This is still one of the best live rock venues to be found anywhere.
Can get a bad rap for the somewhat unusual (inconvenient) layout to see music, but has featured a lot of great bands over the years, and remains a staple of the heavier rock crowd. Conveniently located near a light rail stop, so drink up and enjoy.
Another venue that might not get an A for acoustics or sight-lines, but remains a destination site to see smaller national acts that come through Minneapolis. The drink prices have gotten a little out of wack.
Additional links are below for more detailed reviews and information on most of the great places to see music in the Twin Cities.
- City Pages Reviews
- Meet Minneapolis Music Venues
- Foursquare Top Rock Clubs
- Yelp Reviews
- Culture Trip