Midway Stadium's Rock 'n' Roll History: 1993-2014

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It's a bitch staging a rock concert in a minor-league baseball stadium. Weather risks, damage-prone turf, massive production costs, scheduling nightmares, deafening decibels in the neighborhood, and convincing 15,000 people to show up is no, ahem, walk in the park.

Unlike that of clubs set up to host bands nightly, the primary function of the blue behemoth of Energy Park, Midway Stadium, was St. Paul Saints baseball. From 1993 on, Saints co-owner Mike Veeck and executive VP Tom Whaley conspired to let rock take over -- occasionally. Each large-scale concert was like a baserunner with bad hamstrings jockeying between the Saints' 50-game home calendar and bands' touring routes. There were scores, yes. But some hard lessons too.

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Midway Stadium: A Photo History

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The Time Bill Murray Surprised Bob Dylan at Midway Stadium

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Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
Bill Murray was at Midway Stadium on August 28 for the final St. Paul Saints game at Energy Park.

No one will ever believe you -- even if you're Bob Dylan? Unlike numerous urban myths regarding Bill Murray's unexpected whereabouts, it's safe to say that the actor was at Midway Stadium in St. Paul on August 29, 1997. Even without members of the Wu-Tang Clan involved, the outcome was still surreal.

Murray is part-owner and "team psychologist" for the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball squad, and rolls through the Twin Cities every so often. Recently, he was on hand during the Saints' "Last Train to Midway" in late August to take tickets and catch the game's first pitch from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Back in '97, Murray visited for Dylan's first of three historic concerts at Energy Park -- shows also took place in 2005 and 2013 -- and added some comic relief to what was already a magical evening.

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Midway Stadium's Rock 'n' Roll History: 1993-2014

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Idina Menzel to sing National Anthem for MLB All-Star Game at Target Field

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Idina Menzel, AKA Elsa from Frozen, will sing the National Anthem at this year's All-Star Game.
Just when you thought National Anthem couldn't get more viral, the wickedly talented Idina Menzel has been tapped to perform it at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, which will be held July 15 at Target Field.

Famous for singing the Oscar-winning "Let It Go" in the box office smash Frozen and having John Travolta butcher her name at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony, Menzel is part of a weekend of music and baseball that will also include R&B star Aloe Blacc, emo punks Panic! At the Disco, jam-rockers O.A.R., and an Imagine Dragons/Atmosphere show at TCF Stadium that made scalpers' eyes light up.

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Scalpers selling free Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere tickets for $240


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Nicholas David performs at Minnesota Vikings game

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Photo via Dave Schwartz
On a day that was heavy on Adrian "Nine Yards, What?" Peterson news, there were some local music tidbits that slid into the Minnesota Vikings' 37-34 defeat of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Both Nicholas "The Feelin'" David Mrozinski, who recently finished third on NBC's The Voice, took part in serenading the purple and gold assembled at the Metrod... er, Mall of America Field.

As we see above, Mrozinski was part of plenty of photo-op moments with the Gjallarhorn, which he got to sound before the game.

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