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DEMO Center for Music opens in new Seward space

Steve McClellan in The Current's studios last year. Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR.

After almost two years in the making, the Diverse Emerging Music Organization (DEMO) Center For Music will finally be opening in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. Expected to be functional for many purposes, the space’s proprietors hope to host music lessons, workshops, discussion groups, and live performances for all ages.

The driving force behind the center is Steve McClellan, the longtime general manager of First Avenue who started DEMO as a non-profit when he left First Avenue in 2004. Last November, Andrea Swensson talked to McClellan about what spurred his plans for the new center.

According to McClellan, “What I learned doing other clubs, was that even for the nonprofits, it was kind of all about bottom line. And it was just the realization that, you know what? This is not doing anything for developing music… To me, it’s the street level stuff that happens that’s important.”

McClellan hopes that the space will help kids that are going to make a difference. To see the new space and learn more about DEMO, you can stop by their open house on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. There will be live performances, as well as complimentary refreshments.

Mackenzie Martin is a podcast enthusiast and senior at Macalester College, where she majors in media & cultural studies.

  • joniw

    A totally beautiful gift, from a man who has given so much to aspiring artists. Stephen McClellan remains on the top of his game for the future of music and in MPLS/ST PAUL has no equal. He is simply the best and hos new adventure will give us all a future of GREAT music and Great New Artists.

  • This is absolutely amazing. It would be super duper supremo amazing if they could add, like Nuci’s Space in Athens (http://www.nuci.org/), mental and physical health care resources for musicians.