Monday, January 16, 2012

Concerts: New nightclub to open in Minneapolis: I suddenly feel enraged

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Concerts: New nightclub to open in Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis is about to get a new nightclub that could give First Avenue some serious competition.

Dubbed the Brick, and housed in the space formerly held by the Christian-focused Club 3 Degrees, the venue will be run by concert promoters AEG Live, the company behind festivals like Coachella and New Orleans Jazz Fest and numerous bookings at the Target Center. Its first show is expected to feature '90s alt-rockers Jane's Addiction on March 19.

"We've been searching for several years for the right space and the right time to become more deeply entrenched in the vibrant Twin Cities marketplace," said AEG's Joe Litvag in a statement. "The Brick will complement AEG's already-positive presence at Target Center, and we're thrilled to offer a first-class, intimate option for the music lovers that will set us apart from others in town."

Located at 111 Fifth St. N. in the Warehouse District, the Brick will host "all types of touring artists, from rock, country and pop to R&B, jazz, comedy and more," according to general manager Jeff Kehr, who previously oversaw the Myth nightclub in Maplewood. The venue also will seek corporate, wedding and other reception clients, similar to the nearby Epic. A lower-level bar in the space, named the Basement, will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

In other concert news, multi-platinum Canadian rockers Nickelback have announced a tour that will see them return to the Target Center May 23 with support from Bush,

Seether and My Darkest Days. Tickets are priced from $90.50 to $48 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 through Ticketmaster.

Nickelback's seventh album, "Here and Now," hit stores in November and already has spawned radio hits with "When We Stand Together" and "Bottoms Up." The group's last tour drew nearly 2 million fans and brought them to the Target Center twice, in April 2009 and May 2010.- Ross Raihala

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