331 Club Owners Chosen for Como Lakeside Pavilion Revamp

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Lovely, isn't it?

In all likelihood, the owners of 331 Club in Minneapolis and Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul are taking on a new venue next year -- if the St. Paul City Council approves the deal. Update: In a previous version of this post, we said "The discordant strains of Marijuana Deathsquads could be booming over Como Lake next summer." Turns out it'll be different, but not quite that different.

A group called Como Dockside -- which includes Jon and Jarrett Oulman and Josh Mandelman -- have reached a tentative agreement with the city to renovate, operate, and manage the Como Lakeside Pavilion starting in spring 2015.

"Heavy-hitting rock stuff is probably not going to be an activity," Jarrett tells Gimme Noise. "It's going to incorporate the components that were successful with the Music in the Park series, and we're going to supplement it with appropriate, yet interesting, programming for a park setting with a dense surrounding community around Como Lake."


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10 Things We Love About the New Turf Club

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After letting the new Turf Club sink back into the grand scheme of the music scene here, we decided to take a look at what really is great about the new space. Yes, everything, still, kind of, but some of the new stuff is still really, really great, while the other stuff has been relinquished to the "pretty good to great" category.

If you haven't been to a show (or just gone to hang out) since the grand reopening in August, do it ASAP. Sure, it's not going anywhere, but you're missing out and it's fun to see a space that was transformed into something fantastic. Here are 10 reasons why.

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Cause Spirits and Soundbar launches $25,000 crowdfunding campaign

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The next couple of weeks prove to be crucial for the long-term survival of Cause Spirits and Soundbar. The Lyn-Lake venue closed in mid-July after five years in business, but earlier this month owner Mike Riehle said they'd fight for their right to stay open and be back by early September.

Part of the plan to get the club back on its feet is an Indiegogo campaign to the tune of $25,000. "We are willing to work harder than ever to restore what we had," it reads. "And to make it even better so that we can continue to earn your business and faith, and never have our backs to the wall again."

See also:
Cause Spirits and Soundbar is not dead


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Cause Spirits and Soundbar is not dead

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After closing in mid-July, Cause Spirits and Soundbar is set to return in just a couple of weeks. The local rock venue had just celebrated its five-year anniversary at the intersection of Lyndale and Lake, but those shows turned into farewell soirees once its imminent closing was announced. A new sports bar tenant called the Iron Door was reportedly set to make drastic renovations and move in.

In a dramatic change of plans, Cause is still alive and kicking, and could be back open for business by September 1, the Current reports. Owner Mike Riehle says that he's only made a five-year dent in a 15-year lease on the space, and he decided to push back against pressures to close involving "a dispute that I'm not at liberty to talk more about."

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Cause goes sports bar: 10 best comments

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Minneapolis Armory could return as concert venue by 2016

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Here's Aerosmith performing their Armageddon hit inside the Minneapolis Armory.
The Minneapolis Armory's crescent moon roof is impossible to miss in the eastern portion of the city's downtown. Aside from customers using the 110,000 square foot building as a parking facility, the eye-catching appeal of the nearly 80-year-old structure has gone largely underutilized over the past 40 years.

In 1998, Aerosmith filmed their putting-the-drama-in-melodramatic "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" video there, and Prince's grand performance-style "1999" video was captured in the space in 1982. Both hint at the potential for shows unfolding inside. Now, owner Doug Hoskin is working to put the plan in motion for a venue that could hold over 6,000 people.

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Cedar Cultural Center adding outdoor plaza this summer

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The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, aka the West Bank, has big changes afoot, and one of the main ones centers around the Cedar Cultural Center. This summer, construction will begin on a new multi-use plaza next to the venue that will host concerts.

For the project, the fencing around the Cedar's existing patio will be removed, and the area will resurfaced as a unified meeting spot to hold concerts and host travelers as they dart from the Blue Line LRT stop to the new Green Line stop opening on June 14. Poles for nighttime lighting will be added to the space, as well. (See a rendering below.)

See also:
The Cedar Cultural Center repeats as Best World Music Venue

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Turf Club to close for summer renovations

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First Avenue's purchase of the Turf Club last fall will have its greatest effect to date when the venue closes June 1 to begin renovations. On the list of upgrades: a new kitchen, ventilation, roofing, repairs to the bars, and a fire suppression system. More structural improvements to the 70-year-old building are expected, as well.

According to Star Tribune, the work should keep the club closed until at least the end of July.

See also:
First Avenue to buy and take over Turf Club


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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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