MUSIC IN THE TWIN CITIES

See what's in store on the Twin Cities' music scene in March and April

Photo by Erik Hess

By Claire Noack

Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to legendary music venues that have hosted internationally known artists and hometown bands for decades. Get your music fix with our 60-day guide to the hottest concerts in the Twin Cities.

Xcel Energy Center
Home to the Minnesota Wild, the Xcel Energy Center is a premier venue for concerts and sports, regularly hosting more than 20,000 guests. The performance hall in downtown St. Paul brings in big name stars from around the nation. | 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-265-4800, xcelenergycenter.com

Panic! At The Disco—March 12
Ariana Grande—March 16
Miranda Lambert—March 17
Lionel Richie (with Mariah Carey)—March 24
Bon Jovi—March 27
Green Day—April 1
Chris Brown—April 9
John Mayer—April 15
Def Leppard—April 21

First Avenue-Mainroom
Minneapolis music lovers know First Avenue and 7th St. Entry as the city’s premier venue, with two separate performance spaces in one building. The Mainroom hosts over 200 concerts a year in the 1,500-person music hall. | 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com

Lake Street Dive—March 3, 4
Tchami—March 5
Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears—March 6
The Growlers—March 9
Mac Sabbath—March 10
Hippo Campus—March 11, 12
Cold War Kids—March 15
Vince Staples—March 16
P.O.S—March 17
Passenger—March 18
Andrew McMahon—March 21
Portugal. The Man—March 22
Railroad Earth—March 23
Galactic—March 24
DJ Keezy—March 25
Son Volt—March 29
Highly Suspect—March 31
Foxygen—April 2
The Psychedelic Furs—April 6
Elephant Revival—April 7
Margo Price—April 8
The Big Wu—April 14
Manic Focus—April 15
The Zombies—April 17
The New Pornographers—April 18
Sleep—April 19
Mayday Parade—April 20
Silversun Pickups—April 25
Lucinda Williams—April 28
American Football—April 29

7th St. Entry
Located in the same building as the First Avenue Mainroom, 7th St. Entry is a smaller space that hosts up-and-coming artists. The venue holds 250 people and hosts more than 350 concerts a year. | 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com

Dilla Day Beat Batch Warz—March 3
Bad Bad Hats—March 4
Mic Q.A—March 5
Teen Judge—March 6
Dad Meadow—March 7
Gilligan Moss—March 8
Def Kith, Living Body, Lott and Poolboy—March 9
The Big Bang—March 10
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah—March 11
Eisley—March 12
Shot Memory, Heart to Gold, Autumn Kid and The Jeffertons—March 13
The Revenge Wedding—March 14
Mild Manner—March 15
Alex Dezen and The Damnwells—March 16
Wellness—March 17
Lunch Duchess, Good Luck Finding Iris, Makr is Sier and Sass—March 18
Robat—March 19
Strand of Oaks—March 20
Jay Som and The Courtneys—March 22
Daniel & The Real Feels, Airpark and Lazy Scorsese—March 23
Mirage—March 24
Alex Wiley—March 25
ORM-D, Stonelaw, Sofftdrugs, Lonefront and DJ Bach—March 26
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers—March 27
Cameron Avery—March 28
Nick Hakim—March 29
The Dig—March 30
Jain—March 31
Powers and Bridgit Mendler—April 1
Kate Tempest—April 2
Omni—April 3
Cosmonauts and The Molochs—April 4
Sallie Ford—April 6
Bruise Violet—April 7
Delicate Steve—April 8
Sweet Spirit—April 9
Six Organs of Admittance—April 10
Cool Pollution—April 11
Methyl Ethel—April 12
Aaron Lee Tasjan—April 13
Buildings—April 14
Ne-Hi—April 15
Homeboy Sandman—April 16
Jucifer—April 17
Sweet Crude—April 20
Allan Rayman—April 22
Twinsmith—April 23
Sondre Lerche—April 25
Flint Eastwood—April 28
Lydia Ainsworth—April 29
2Become1—April 30

Turf Club
Touting a full kitchen, lounge and noteworthy basement bar, the Turf Club is another music venue operated by First Avenue in St. Paul. The main floor holds 350 people and hosts more than 200 shows a year, while the Clown Lounge is used for smaller events for a crowd of 60 music lovers. | 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-647-0486, first-avenue.com

Graveyard Club, Monica LaPlante, Pornonono and Lydia Liza—March 3
Tabah and J.E. Sunde—March 4
Run Westy Run—March 8
LazyLightning 420—March 9
Aaron Gorton and The Dot Dot Dot—March 10
Moving Units—March 11
Adrian Belew Power Trio—March 12
Nikki Lane—March 14
Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express—March 15
The Ike Reilly Assassination—March 16
All Them Witches—March 17
Ashley Groves, Lena Elizabeth and Maya Elena—March 18
Dirt Train, The Fontanelles and Holy Hootenanners—March 23
Night Moves, The Black-Eyed Snakes and Mike Munson—March 24
Amiensus, Antiverse, Redshift and Mutation—March 25
Kyle Dunnigan—March 28
The Magic Beans—March 29
Wax Lead, Odd Daughters, Annex Panda and Harper’s Jar—March 30
Mipso—March 31
Mothership—April 1
Biffy Clyro—April 4
Modern English—April 5
Merle Haggard Tribute Night—April 6
Gabriel and The Apocalypse—April 7
Matt Hires—April 8
Jackie Greene Band—April 12
Duluth Homegrown Twin Cities Invasion—April 14
Shooter Jennings—April 15
Bob Mould—April 17, 18, 19
The Nadas—April 21
The Wedding Present—April 22
Chris Bartels—April 28
Tommy Keene—April 30

Palace Theatre
The only theater in the Twin Cities devoted to contemporary music, the Palace Theatre is co-managed and co-operated by First Avenue and JAM Productions. The century-old theater in downtown St. Paul was originally operated as a vaudeville theater in 1916. | 17 W. Seventh Pl., St. Paul, 612-338-8388, first-avenue.com

Atmosphere—March 10
The Jayhawks—March 11
Phantogram—March 12
Greensky Bluegrass—March 18
Regina Spektor—March 26
The String Cheese Incident—April 5, 6
Tycho—April 27
The XX—April 28

Cabooze
Located near Minneapolis’ West Bank area, Cabooze features local and national bands at its popular club. | 913 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-6425, cabooze.com

The Menzingers—March 4
Mickey Avalon—March 8
Architects—March 9
Willy ARQ—March 10
The Confused Brothers Band Benefit Show—March 11
Nuisance—March 17
Opiuo—March 18
Psychostick—March 19
The English Beat—March 21
OG Maco—March 22
LOCASH—March 23
Despised Icon Carnifex—March 24
Cody Canada and The Departed—March 25
Amorphis—March 28
Senses Fail—March 29
The Rumours—March 30
Soul Shakedown Party—March 31
FKJ—April 1
Chelsea Grin—April 4
Pouya and Fat Nick—April 5
The Decibel Magazine—April 6
Oceano—April 7
Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Show—April 8
Super Duper Kyle—April 15
Thursday—April 20
Saving Abel—April 28
Delain and Hammer Fall—April 29
Gnash—April 30 

Myth Live Event Center
This small music venue hosts rock, alternative, hip-hop and electronic acts and includes a full bar. | 3090 Southlawn Dr., Maplewood, 651-779-6984, mythlive.com

Excision—March 10, 11
Juicy J—March 16
Tech N9ne—March 24
Big Sean—March 30
Meek Mill—April 1
In This Moment—April 9
Hairball—April 15
21 Savage—April 19
NF—April 28

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Minnesota’s largest casino hosts live music acts along with slots, card tables and dining. | 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 800-262-7799, mysticlake.com

Huey Lewis and the News—March 17
Experience Hendrix—March 26
Isley Brothers—April 7
Mike Posner—April 22

Icehouse
The industrial-chic two-story bar and music venue offers live music, American cuisine and drinks. | 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523, icehousempls.com

Marah in the Mainsail and Good Morning Bedlam—March 3
PaviElle and Miss Brit—March 4
Nightchain—March 5
JT’s Jazz Implosion—March 6
Lissie—March 7
Dusty Heart and BBGUN—March 8
Rose & the Nomads—March 9
Elliot Blaufuss and Rivulare—March 10
A.M. Stryker and The Person & The People—March 11
Nightchain—March 12
Dusty Heart and BBGUN—March 14
Moving Forward Africa—March 15
ORM-D, SoSlyLove, Ghostband and The American Cream Band—March 16
The Limns and Satsang—March 17
Rock Hard Burlesque—March 18
Nightchain—March 19
Poolboy, Ar.Birn and Margaret—March 21
Pytch Records—March 22
Dusty Heart and BBGUN—March 23
Francis & The Lights, SerpentWithFeet and Velvet Negroni—March 25
Nightchain—March 26
AKA Hank—March 28
The Feels—March 29
The Claudettes—March 30
Zacc Harris and James Buckley—March 31
Sonny Knight and The Lakers—April 1
Fellow Pynins—April 2
Lissie—April 4
DaNCEBUMS DaNCE—April 5
Malamanya—April 8
Katy Vernon and Chris Koza—April 9
DaNCEBUMS DaNCE—April 11
The Endowment—April 15
JT’s Jazz Implosion—April 17
DaNCEBUMS DaNCE—April 18
Pytch Records—April 19
Taming of the CPU 4.0—April 21
Calliope Musicals and We Are The Willows—April 22
In:Habit—April 23
26 BATS!, Tony the Scribe and Sarah White—April 25
The Feels—April 26
DaNCEBUMS DaNCE—April 27
Scott Laurent—April 28
In:Habit—April 30

Fine Line Music Cafe
This popular club in Minneapolis features local and international performers in an intimate space with two full bars. | 318 N. First Ave., Minneapolis, 612-338-8100, finelinemusic.com

Devendra Banhart—March 5
JoJo—March 7
Jens Lekman—March 8
Save Ferris—March 11
The Revivalists—March 15
Trentemoller—March 18
Bebe Rexha—March 19
DeafHeaven—March 20
Daya—March 24
Cold Kingdom—March 25
Khalid—March 29
They.—March 30
Eric Gordon—March 31
Minus the Bear—April 4
Big Wild—April 5
Marty Stuart—April 11
Parachute—April 13
Katatonia—April 14
The Damned—April 22
Bishop Briggs—April 28
Hurray for the Riff Raff—April 30

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