North Loop Neighborhood News and Events

 

The North Loop Neighborhood, located in what is frequently referred to as the Warehouse District, offers unique housing options, entertainment, fine dining, and specialty shops-many within the original warehouses of the North Loop's historic heyday. True to the unique nature of this neighborhood, you won't find any chain restaurants in this part of town. You'll discover one-of-a-kind retailers, quaint coffee shops, eclectic restaurants, and lively nightclubs nestled in the historic buildings; many owned and operated by neighborhood residents. The North Loop Neighborhood is immediately adjacent to downtown; served by LRT and many bus routes; and is the home of the Minnesota Twins Target Field (opening in 2010), the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Farmers Market, and the headquarters of Metro Transit.

(Description from livemsp.org

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass

 

MUSIC PHOTOS | Mayda at New Century Sessions

Photos by Emmerlee Sherman

The New Century Sessions on October 29 opened with Mu Daiko, an innovative Japanese-style taiko drumming ensemble based in the Twin Cities. The ensemble plays new compositions, and infuses traditional melodies into its ever-expanding repertoire. Different members of the ensemble performed with Mayda for a few songs throughout the evening.

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Illusion Theater celebrated past and present at 40th Anniversary Gala

"The bidding has begun!" Photo courtesy of Illusion Theater.

The 2013-2014 season was a good run for the Illusion Theater. Things kicked off with a high note in September with the Minnesota State Arts Board announcing a $95,030 grant to take Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet on the road. As the year progressed, the Saint Paul Cultural STAR brought the Illusion’s My Ántonia back to the Twin Cities to rack up rave reviews, and the company’s new Life Begins @ 40 fundraising campaign jumpstarted with a big boost from the Pohlad Family Foundation. All of this would have been cause enough to celebrate on its own–to say nothing of its regular programming–but even more good news was in store with the coming season. On September 22, 2014, the Iveys honored Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris with a pair of coveted Lifetime Achievement Awards. So, there was much to celebrate at the top of 528 Hennepin on Saturday, October 18 as a crowd gathered for the Illusion Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | The Black Keys at Target Center

Photos by Emmerlee Sherman

On Friday, October 24 The Black Keys played at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Ex Hex and Speedy Ortiz pack the 7th Street Entry

Photos By: 
Todd Wardrope

One thing was very clear by the end of the Ex Hex/Speedy Ortiz show October 24 at the 7th St Entry, Ex Hex is a big enough draw for the show to have been at a larger venue like the recently re-opened Turf Club. The two bands appear to be switching off headlining duties, but more people had definitely packed into the Entry to see indie rock mainstay Mary Timony and her new trio with bassist Betsy Wright and drummer Laura Harris. The venue probably wasn’t nearing capacity, but there were enough in attendance to make it a little uncomfortable. Despite that, the crowd danced feverishly through out Ex Hex’s brief middle set as they put on an professional, energetic performance of pop-rock punk.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Richard Marx at Mill City Nights

Photos by Patrick Dunn

The usually open floor at Mill City Nights was filled with seats October 23rd creating a listening party atmosphere that nicely suited the RIchard Marx concert. There were of course some ladies who were especially excited to see him perform up close, while most seemed to be appreciators of his extensive catalog of hits. It was nice to see Marx’s personality shine through as he reminisced and joked about the stories behind some of the music that most in the audience grew up around. Out in support of his new album Beautiful Goodbye, he sprinkled in some new material amidst all of his well known hits and also performed big tunes he wrote and produced for other artists including Luther Vandross, 'NSYNC and Keith Urban. The venue had a great feel and had the mix dialed in to a comfortable listening level, which enhanced the dynamic difference between sweet ballads such as “Hold on to the Night” in contrast to his up tempo infectious pop tunes including “Should Have Known Better.” It was a first-class performance and memorable show greatly appreciated by his loyal fans here in the Twin Cities. 

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