Sounds of the Cities
Whether they’re well known natives (Bob Dylan, Prince), ones you might not have know were from here (Soul Asylum, Hüsker Dü), or those more current to the scene (Atmosphere, Doomtree), there’s one thing they all have in common: Minnesota roots.
Any day of the week you can catch a live local band playing rock, funk, R&B or blues. The legendary Dr. Mambo’s Combo plays Sundays and Mondays.
Enjoy some of the world’s best in dining and music in this gorgeous downtown space. Tickets and showtimes vary, but the music, food, drinks and atmosphere always delivers.
At this Uptown location of the local BBQ chain, enjoy live music nightly. Local, regional and national blues, with a dose of retro-funk and disco. No charge, except special events.
Local and national rock, folk and blues acts play at this pleasing downtown bar that everyone visits for one show or another. House bands come and go, playing ‘70s boogie to ska.
A local music landmark, this cavernous former bus station was showcased by Prince in Purple Rain and has hosted big names in music for decades.
Since 1934, the Hexagon Bar has hosted the best bands the Twin Cities has to offer without charging a cover. While the setting is simple and dive-ish, the music is what matters most.
The Kitty Cat Klub blends casual opulence with Minneapolis’ diverse music scene. Seven cozy rooms, comfy furniture and fab drink specials make it a memorable spot both day and night.
This Minneapolis rock club is owned by concert promoter AEG Live and features a lower-level bar called The Nether Bar.
The Minnesota Opera, which appears at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and consistently produces a season of five shows annually that include great works from the classical canon as well as innovative new works.
Over the course of the last century-plus the Minnesota Orchestra has consistently established itself as among the strongest in the country.
Hip and eclectic spot hosting live jazz, rock and world music, as well as televised soccer matches and Trivia Mafia Mondays.
This rock ‘n roll, sing-a-long, dueling piano bar features two piano players/singers, performing at face-to-face grand pianos.
Shaped like a large railroad caboose, the Cabooze isn’t your typical concert venue. The talent ranges from blues, rock and country to soul, hip-hop and reggae. The crowd is just as diverse, with bikers letting loose alongside campus coeds.
For more than 20 years, the Cedar has welcomed prominent national artists like Bill Frisell, Gillian Welch and John Gorka. Along with traditional American concerts, the center also hosts ethnic music and dance performances.
Now in its 56th season, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is the nation’s only full-time professional chamber orchestra and widely regarded as one of the world’s finest.
This retro-era roadhouse offers live music from punk to bluegrass six nights a week, along with modern jazz in a former speakeasy downstairs. Proximity to several colleges adds a youthful vibe.
Located in Minneapolis’ Dinkytown neighborhood, the Varsity hosts everything from weddings and classical recitals to Shakespearian drama and folk festivals.