Find Your Beat on the Twin Cities Music Scene
Over the years, Minnesota’s music marvels have played a major role in shaping popular music history with the sounds of artists such as Bob Dylan, Prince, The Replacements, Atmosphere, and more. The Twin Cities music scene gets a special shout out by locals and visitors alike for its rich diversity, varied venues, local talent and outdoor festivals. Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Minneapolis #8 among “America’s Best Music Cities.”
“Cross-pollination makes the Twin Cities music scene a vital one. ‘Local’ is not a genre, but a fierce, hard-working streak found among our area talent,” notes Reed Fischer, City Pages music editor. “Folk singers end up as guest vocalists on hip-hop records, there are a dozen venues that sell out regularly with local headliners, radio stations love to play Minnesota artists, and there's a good chance that the person standing next to you at a show has a band of their own.”
Whether you groove to jazz and blues, indie, punk, reggae, rock, country, or classical, you’ll find live music anywhere from small coffeehouses, bars, auditoriums, to big-name venues. Check out the music scene at local favorites, including First Avenue, Varsity Theater, Mill City Nights, Icehouse, The Amsterdam, Station 4, Triple Rock Club, and the Cabooze. Jazz fans shouldn’t miss The Dakota Jazz Club and the Artists Quarter. The Fine Line Music Cafe and the summer concert series at The Minnesota Zoo both feature eclectic music line-ups. The Cedar Cultural Center was voted the “Best World Music Venue” for 2012 by the readers of About.com.
Music festivals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can be the focal point for a visit: Soundset and Bella Music Festival (May), Rock the Garden and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival (June), the Basilica Block Party and Warped Tour (July), Music in Mears (June – August), and Walker Art Center’s Summer Music and Movies (July – August).
With the region’s countless venues, there’s not a night out of the week you can’t find live music.
And there’s much more Minnesota music to explore beyond the Twin Cities. You’ll find a vibrant and diverse music offering statewide, including Rochester, Duluth, Mankato and Fargo/Moorhead areas. Check out the Music Clubs page at exploreminnesota.com for a list of music venues around the state.
Follow this link to the Minnesota Music Scene page, with more information, including links to local performance listings.