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Eight iconic Twin Cities music venues, illustrated

Illustration by Allegra Lockstadt for The Current

On our Local Current blog, we often write about local music venues. We wanted to add a touch of visual flair to our coverage, so we asked Minneapolis illustrator Allegra Lockstadt to create original illustrations of eight venues.

Allegra explains the thinking behind her approach:

I wanted to create a really romantic feel to these. Concerts, performances and the places where they happen are places of experiences: experiences that can be transient, that can be magical, intimate, memorable, and nostalgic. Stylistically, having a color palette that’s all about twilights and dusk reflects this vibe and, generally, that’s the time of day people are going to concerts. Think sunsets, blush colors, almost dusty neons, brightness from neon signs, lights emanating at night, and so forth. I also wanted to use light from the venue as a core focal point in each image to draw a viewer in.

Among Allegra’s influences for these illustrations were¬†Australian illustrator Anna Pan/Anna Xiin, NYC illustrator Adrian Tomine, and the clean and concise linework of¬†cartoonist Chris Ware; as well as Japanese woodcuts, and an Uptown Minneapolis street scene by Francesca Buchko.

For this group of illustrations, we chose eight venues we often cover: First Avenue, the 7th Street Entry, the Turf Club, the Cedar Cultural Center, the Xcel Energy Center, the State Theatre, Icehouse, and of course MPR’s own Fitzgerald Theater.

7th-street-entry-illustration

turf-club-illustration

cedar-cultural-center-illustration

xcel-energy-center-illustration

state-theatre-illustration

icehouse-illustration

fitzgerald-theater-illustration

  • Aaron Rosell

    These are so great. Will there be prints of these up for sale at any point? I’d be 120% interested.

    • Dan Sundquist

      +1

  • Emma

    These are fantastic! Love, love, love! Ditto on wondering if prints will be available.

  • JQP

    IMHO, There doesn’t seem to be much action/story in the scenes. The “people” look like clip art pastes. Sorry. Just not lively . I’d like see other artists doing a similar set of studies. Art is like that, not everything spins the propeller.