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Minneapolis Music History Project

What is it?

Music is such an integral part of Minneapolis’ history and what the city is known for, both nationally and internationally. The Minneapolis Music History project is being led by the City to capture the important places, structures, and buildings that represent the history of music in Minneapolis. The project is made possible by a grant from the National Park Service. We have already identified almost 100 buildings that have been mentioned in past studies, books, and reports ranging from coffee shops to convention centers. We want to hear from the public regarding what you think is important to fully understand the history of music in Minneapolis. We are starting in 1850 and looking all the way to the end of the 20th century. We know there will be a lot to learn over 150 years of music history in the city, but hope to identify key sites that deserve a more intensive level of research.

When is it?

We have already begun the process of finding a consultant to help with research, writing, and surveying the important places, structures, and buildings that we identify over the next several months at our engagement events and our website.

Minneapolis Music History timeline

We will wrap up our engagement and begin surveying and writing a report of our findings at the beginning of May. The final report will be online by October.

How can you get involved?

This project is intended to reflect what is important to the people interested in development of Minneapolis music. We want to hear from you on the memories you have of music in Minneapolis and where they occurred. Please consider attending one of our engagement events, sending us pictures or stories you have to our email or completing the online survey. We will be kicking off our engagement on February 18, 2018, at 2:30 at Orchestra Hall at a Vocal Essence performance. Our main open house event will be held on March 20th, 2018, from 6 pm to 8 pm (see our events page for more details) at the Capri Theater. 

Artist of the Week

Rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) make up Atmosphere, an American hip hop duo from Minneapolis formed in 1989. Over the years they have released eight studio albums and ten extended plays, most produced by Ant himself. In 1995, the two along with Sab (Musab Saad) and Saddiq (Brent Sayers) formed Rhymesayers Entertainment, an independent hip hop record label in Minneapolis. In 2008 the label began hosting the Soundset Music Festival in Minneapolis which takes place over Memorial Day weekend every year.


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Last updated May 29, 2018



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