The parties were unforgettable and the recordings will live on in infamy, but for now those memories, photos, and albums will be all that remains of the North Loop studio and party loft known as the Sound Gallery. After a decade of hosting bands, art exhibits, experimental theater performances, fashion shows, benefits, and pop-up parties, the studio’s building has been sold and Sound Gallery owner Jacob Grun has gotten the order to vacate by the end of the month.
After nearly 10 years, The Sound Gallery will be shutting down in it’s current location. The building has been sold to new owners, and we must vacate by the end of the month. Although the news may seem a little sudden, I’ve been mentally preparing for this possibility since the beginning. Thank you to every single musician, artist, patron, and friend that has walked through those doors and been a part of The Sound Gallery experience, and thank you Minneapolis for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Prior to becoming the Sound Gallery, the expansive two-room, fourth-floor warehouse loft was home to musician Brynn Arens and his freak-rock band Flipp. Its use as a musical hangout and recording space dates back to the mid-’80s.
“It’s been used so many different ways by so many different local musicians. I can’t count how many bands have been touched by it in one way or another,” Grun told the Star Tribune in 2013.
Here’s a City of Music video Jacob Grun recorded with his band Me and My Arrow at the Sound Gallery in 2011:
Here’s Har-di-Har performing at the Sound Gallery just a few weeks ago:
And here’s a video of Flipp covering the Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” at a Sound Gallery party back in 1999: