Listing the hundreds of live music venues that operated in the Twin Cities from the 19th Century to 1974 may be an impossible task, but it’s great fun! If you have any to add or corrections to make, please contact me. I also appreciate any personal stories!
Use the drop down menu to the right to browse our extensive listings. Listings are in alphabetical order with the exception of venues that start with “The”; these you can find under T.
When I cite Stebbins, I am referring to a Ph.D. thesis written by Robert A. Stebbins in 1964 The Jazz Community: The Sociology of a Musical Sub-Culture. See the section on Sources on the Home Page.
Many of these photos and information come from the folks on Facebook. I try to get permission to quote people and give credit on the photos. If I’ve grabbed one of your photos and not given you credit, please let me know!
This site got switched over to WordPress, and swallowed up a lot of my photos. So if you see a big empty space, imagine me cursing!
I have BOXES of additional information and hundreds of additional photos to insert, so watch this space!
If there were more than one club at a single location, I have alphabetized them with pointers to the original club. Thus, if the Huddle existed before Arturo’s, the entry for Arturo’s would say “See the Huddle” and any information about Arturo’s would be under the Huddle. You can also use the search box to enter “Huddle” or any other term and find the listing that way.
Also, hotels are not listed under “H” but under their other name, thus Nicollet Hotel, not Hotel Nicollet.