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2019 Grand Old Day is cancelled ‘to keep the event fresh for 2020’

In an announcement posted to Facebook today, the Grand Avenue Business Association has announced that this year’s Grand Old Day is off. “It was a difficult and unanimous decision but one that the board of directors made to keep the event fresh for 2020,” said interim president Allison Penner-Hurst in a statement. The association posted […]

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Duluth’s Red Herring Lounge to close on June 10, says owner

After precisely five years as a music venue in downtown Duluth, the Red Herring Lounge will close on June 10. The news comes via a Facebook post from owner Bob Monahan, who notes that the venue’s 1st Street building is up for sale. “It has been a WILD RIDE to say the least,” writes Monahan, […]

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Movie ‘inspired by Prince’s music’ being developed by Universal

Will “the next great musical” to hit movie theaters be a jukebox film that tells a fictional story inspired by songs like “Raspberry Beret” and, dare we imagine, “Darling Nikki”? It couldn’t be worse than Fifty Shades of Grey. Variety reports that Universal Pictures is developing a movie featuring Prince’s music — but not a biopic, […]

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Longtime experimental jazz series comes to an end

One of the Twin Cities’ longest-running jazz series will be discontinued at the end of this year. In a Facebook post published over the Thanksgiving weekend, drummer JT Bates announced the end of his series, JT’s Jazz Implosion. Held every Monday night at Icehouse in Minneapolis, the series has been working to grow the experimental […]

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Minnesota fans surprise Troye Sivan with blue hearts at State Theatre

“First of all, who did this?” Pop artist Troye Sivan stood on a raised platform, staring out into the crowd at the State Theatre. He’d just finished singing “Postcard” from his lovely new album Bloom. A few voices met his question with screams, and he giggled into the mic. Earlier in the evening, Sivan superfans Alicia Grafft and […]

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Flashlight Vinyl, in Northeast Minneapolis, to close on Oct. 27

Flashlight Vinyl, a stylish store that’s been open in Northeast Minneapolis since the beginning of 2016, has announced that it will permanently close its doors as of Nov. 1. “Gratitude is all a person can have at this point,” wrote owner Raoul Benavides on Facebook. “So many great people, new friends and stories came to visit […]

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Longtime 400 Bar co-owner Tom Sullivan dies at 62

Tom Sullivan, who co-owned the legendary Minneapolis music venue the 400 Bar from 1996 until its closing in 2013, died on Tuesday at age 62. Sullivan “died peacefully in his sleep,” his brother Bill told the Star Tribune; the cause of death is not yet known. Sullivan and his brother Bill, a former tour manager […]

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