Nightchain is one of the best DJ nights in the Twin Cities. Icehouse is one of the best venues in the Twin Cities. Add those 2 things together and you have one of the best events in the Twin Cities, especially when talking about Sundays. This time around the homie DJ Low will take the reins, you can expect a healthy dose of dance music and hip hop bangers. Of course Icehouse will have the drink specials on deck, this one is 21+ and the door is $5; stop by if you’re looking for something to fill out your Sunday night.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Saturday, April 1st @ 9PM
Baby Shel will be in town this weekend for a headlining show at the Nomad. The night will also feature performances from Dot Ducati, Spiffy Wilds, and Juice Lord, along with a few special guests. This show is 21+ and the door is $10, the Nomad is always a good time so make sure to come stop by.
When people living in Minneapolis think of where to get a good cup of coffee in a comfortable setting, most would probably name one of the numerous shops in Uptown or the Northeast neighborhoods. Nestled in the Stevens Square neighborhood sits one of the city’s best kept secrets, the Boiler Room. Situated on 3rd Avenue near 19th street, the Boiler Room is slowly establishing itself as the areas “go to” coffee shop. Providing 3 house blends along with a plethora of other drinks including mochas, espressos and a variety of teas; I’ve found the Boiler Room to be much better than your average Starbucks or Caribou. They also serve up some awesome waffles, rice crispy treats, brownies, cookies and amazing muffins; the chocolate chip banana nut being a favorite. Free Wi-Fi (of course) and a homey atmosphere like your best friend’s basement will have you wondering where the last 4 hours went. If you’re ever near 3rd ave or the Stevens Square neighborhood make sure to stop in for a cup of Joe, you wont be disappointed.
Francis and The Lights have been around for quite some time, but it wasn’t until September of last year that they released their debut studio album, Farewell, Starlite!. A buzzy premier at the Eaux Claires music festival turned heads, leaving fans wondering what’s next? Minneapolis will get a special treat tonight when Red Bull and Totally Gross National Product bring Francis and The Lights to Icehouse. The event will also feature performances from Serpentwithfeet and Velvet Negroni, an amazing lineup for the small price of $5 ($15 w/o RSVP). This one is 21+ and you can RSVP by clicking the link below, make sure to get there early to ensure entry.
Chuck U is a Minneapolis artist who is becoming more and more popular, and it is quite obvious why. Whether it is monkeys, astronauts, robots or many other random animals, Chuck’s work is rather intricate and intriguing to say the least. His unique style of drawing has been used for various album covers and flyers around MPLS. You may have also seen some of his work over at the Indeed Brewery; they also use his art work on their cans. I decided to pick just a few of my favorite prints he has available, feel free to visit his website for plenty more.
Location: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul When: Wednesday, March 15th @ 7:30PM
Legendary NYC MC, Rakim, will be live at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall tomorrow. A man who needs no introduction, Rakim announced back in October that he’ll be reuniting with Eric B after a nearly 25 year dispute. No word on whether Eric B will be on stage, but the news is welcoming to all hip hop fans alike. This show will also feature performances from Farr Well, Truth Maze, and a set by DJ Francisco. Unfortunately for the youngins this one is 21+, but everyone else will be glad to know that tickets are still available for $25. Click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
Location: 910 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Fri-Sun, March 10th-12th // varying times
Legendary comedian Chris Rock will be live at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Rock has been quiet since hosting the Oscars last year, but his “Total Blackout” tour has proven successful despite the absence. His 3 night stint will no doubt be a riot, Chris Rock is arguably one of the best stand up comedians of all time. Click the link below for information regarding tickets.
Location: 17 7th pl W, St. Paul When: Sunday, March 12th @ 7PM
This Sunday, the Palace will celebrate it’s opening weekend with 3 sold out shows in a row, the 3rd of which will feature electro rock duo Phantogram. They’ll wrap up the rest of their national tour before they head to Romania for the first stop of their international leg. The Veldt will open up the night rounding out what should be an electric evening. This one is 18+ and tickets are already SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to opt for Craiglist or scalpers.
If you aren’t familiar with The Klituation, let me star t by saying it is one of the best dance parties in town. The all female lineup features mainstays such as DJ Keezy, Shannon Blowtorch, Sophia Eris, and more while a rotating cast of artists make guest appearances. The recap for round 2 was recently posted to YouTube, check it out above and be on the look out for the next one.
Location: 111 N 5th Street, Minneapolis When: Friday, March 3rd @ 10PM
Soulja Boy has been all over the place lately, whether it’s one of his multiple on going beefs or issues with the law. His up and down battle, turned boxing match, with Chris Brown could have been one of the most watched events of the year if it weren’t for Breezy backing out. The event will also feature CRAM, Lyric Marid, GainesFM, J. Plaza and more, DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip will hold down the 1s & 2s. This one is 18+ and early bird tickets are still available for $20 ($25 GA), click the link below to grab yours now.