Live Music

There’s a reason Prince chose to stay in Minneapolis.

Our culture, incredible talent and truly amazing venues make Minneapolis the most fun spot to play, hear and discover music of all types. We always have a variety of local performers and world-wide stars to provide you with an outstanding show and a night out you’ll never forget. Music in Minneapolis is different. Come experience the culture that makes us rock. 

First Avenue

The music lover’s dream. There’s always live music happening at First Ave. With two separate performance spaces equaling an 1,800-person capacity and over 550 concerts a year, there’s always a chance to catch your favorite band or tune in to something new. It’s also the spot with the famous Star Wall, where you’ll find Prince’s star among many other celebrated musicians.

Dakota Jazz Club

Music seven nights a week plus a fantastic, chef-driven menu make Dakota Jazz Club the perfect spot for a night out. Enjoy an amazing meal before or during the show, or simply sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the performance. See who’s playing and get tickets.

Varsity Theater

A place you just have to experience to believe. The historic Varsity Theater just underwent a one million-dollar interior renovation, and it’s phenomenal. The energy here cannot be beat. Check out the neighborhood just north of Minneapolis, Dinkytown, before or after the show.

The Cabooze

With a wide variety of shows and a diverse line-up of artists, The Cabooze is sure to introduce you to something new. Check out their schedule to see who they have this week and get ready for an awesome night out.

Fine Line Music Café

The Fine Line Music Café, located in the trendy Warehouse District, is a swanky live music venue with thousands of nationally and regionally known acts. They’ve had big names and local artists ranging from Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, The Neville Brothers, Amos Lee, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Raphael Saadiq, and Lady Gaga. Check out the schedule to see who’s playing.


This industrial-chic space offers fabulous cocktails, a full menu and live music every week. Check out local singers, songwriters, guitarists, and artists while you are wined and dined. See the calendar for this week.

The Cedar Cultural Center

Head to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to visit the Cedar Cultural Center, a mission-drive, nonprofit music venue showcasing global music and dance. The culture and history of each performance is just as important as the sound. You’ll find unique shows in a welcoming atmosphere.

Shout House Dueling Pianos

Choose your own adventure! Or at least the next song… At Shout House, the audience submits songs to each pianist who then plays and sings your pick! Watch as the two artists compete for the most cheers (and fun).