400 Bar to open venue in Mall of America

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After closing down at the end of 2012, the 400 Bar is following through on plans to relocate. Its new digs will be quite a different feel than the West Bank corner it occupied for decades, though.

When the 400 returns in June, it'll be on the fourth floor of Mall of America. According to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal it's part of a 25,000 square foot complex featuring a concert venue, a music museum, and a restaurant.

See Also: The 400 Bar is closing its West Bank location


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West Bank venue Medusa can be yours for $295,000

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A few folks cruising Edina Realty over the past few days stumbled across a choice listing: The old Medusa building on the West Bank is up for grabs. This, the site of numerous hot, sweaty shows featuring underground punk, metal, and stranger stuff still between 2007 and the summer of 2013 is on the market for the princely sum of $295,000.

Did you have any idea the building was constructed in 1931? Did you recognize what this place actually looks like in daylight hours with no intoxicants in your system? We didn't either.

See Also: West Bank venue Medusa has closed (2007-2013)

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Northrop Auditorium to reopen in April 2014

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Neil Young at Northrop in 2010
The U of M is getting back into concert hall game in about six months. The historic, 85-year-old Northrop Auditorium is set to complete renovations by April of 2014, and wrap up a three-year project that cost nearly $90 million.

Much like the proposed return of the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, this adds another Twin Cities spot for shows larger than the downtown clubs. After the renovation, Northrop's main hall is actually reducing its capacity from 4,800 to the still-impressive 2,700 -- spread over three balconies, according to Star Tribune.

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Dave Chappelle gets First Avenue star

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Aside from enjoying his status on the cover of a Prince record, Dave Chappelle can now claim another important milestone here in the Twin Cities.

The self-described "lazy comedian" who hosted one of TV's funniest shows of all time has just capped a week of performances at First Avenue -- eight in total at the club since Monday -- and now he's got the star to prove it.

See Also: Dave Chappelle adds another show... at Pantages [updated]

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St. Paul wants to turn the Palace Theatre into a concert venue

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St. Paul has announced plans to invest in its existing downtown real estate to pull more concertgoers. In a press conference held Monday morning, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman described a $12 million renovation of the long-shuttered Palace Theatre located within the West 7th Place plaza, which is also home to Wild Tymes and the Artists' Quarter.

According to a report from the Current and info from Pioneer Press, the planned changes assisted by First Avenue and Jam Productions will up the capacity of the theater to 3,000. The main differences will be the removal of the venue's floor seats and a lobby wall. And the city's commitment to the West 7th Place plaza also includes some more immediate attention to the Artists' Quarter, which announced it would close at year's end.

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Triple Rock manager Kermit Carter moving on, Turf's Ryan O'Rourke coming in

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This lover of TV personality cardboard cutouts is cutting out from Triple Rock.
Triple Rock Social Club manager and talent buyer and cracker of jokes Kermit Carter announced today that he is moving on. Carter's new gig will be booking shows and assisting at Mystic Lake Casino's smaller stage. After six years at the West Bank rock club, this guy who will be missed even more than Free Bacon Wednesdays, which were discontinued back in July. When reached by Gimme Noise, Carter confirmed that the bacon change had nothing to do with his decision.

On a day already filled with local venue discussion following Turf Club's sale to First Avenue and the recent announcement that the Artists' Quarter is closing, there has been a lot of upheaval of late. And this shift brings another club titan into Minneapolis too.

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First Avenue to buy and take over Turf Club

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First Avenue has announced plans to purchase and take over management of the Turf Club. The venerable St. Paul venue has long been one of the best Twin Cities venues of any size, and it's entering a new era after eight years under the ownership of Tom Scanlan. On October 15, the deal will officially go through.

According to a First Avenue release, the plan is to make improvements, but largely "keep the charm of the club." City Pages' "Best Country Music Venue" is adorned with a beautiful mural of the Cactus Blossoms on its side, but is also a smart destination for punk, garage rock, Mark Mallman Marathons, Lady Gaga, and a yearly Big Freedia party that blows the doors off the place.

See Also: Triple Rock manager Kermit Carter moving on, Turf's Ryan O'Rourke coming in

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The Artists' Quarter is closing

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Jeremy Pelt at the Artists' Quarter
Longtime St. Paul jazz institution the Artists' Quarter is shutting its doors at the end of the year. According to a Star Tribune report, the club was forced to end a three-decade run after its rent doubled in recent years.

The basement venue -- named City Pages' Best Jazz Club this year -- has been located in the Hamm Building near Rice Park since 2002, and prior to that it had stints in Lowertown and the Eat Street area of Minneapolis.

See Also: Station 4 staying closed for rest of 2013, will reopen as two smaller venues

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Top 20 new name suggestions for Station 4

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The saga of the now-shuttered punk and metal haven Station 4 continues with a venue-naming poll. Last week Gimme Noise reported that the club would be closed for the rest of the year while it undergoes significant renovation. According to the Save Station 4 Facebook page -- which we are taking with a grain of salt and a drop of tequila -- the new space must come up with a new name.

"Yes, we cannot use the name Station 4 for several legal reasons. So, since this venue is for the people by the people, we are letting you decide the name. Comment what name you think we should call it." Apparently the top 10 of these are getting put aside as actual options for renaming the spot at East Fourth and Sibley Streets in St. Paul. Nearly 300 responses populated the page as of late Wednesday, and Gimme Noise chose our 20 favorite replies. (Note: Several of our picks would not be in the club's best interest.)

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Station 4 staying closed for rest of 2013, will reopen as two smaller venues

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Station 4 staying closed for rest of 2013, will reopen as two smaller venues

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St. Paul punk and metal venue Station 4, which has been closed since June, is receiving a lot more than just a ventilation upgrade according to its ownership.

Last week, a post on the club's Facebook page suggested that it would be reopening as a "blues venue," and a "Save Station 4" page appeared, but there was very little context provided with the announcement. In a conversation with Alan Peterson, co-owner of the building that houses the rough-and-tumble venue, Gimme Noise has uncovered a much more ambitious plan for the space at East Fourth and Sibley Streets.

According to Peterson, who is the local partner in a group that has been in control of the building for the past 15 years, there will be at least two, and possibly three venues housed in the spot that could soon be formerly known as Station 4. Also, the attitude is definitely going to be different when business starts up again -- which now looks to be sometime in 2014.

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Report: Station 4 could be changing to a blues venue
Station 4 is closing this summer for renovation

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