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Hook & Ladder Announces Minneapolis’ First Outdoor Music Series in 2021

The first Twin Cities music venue to regularly host live concerts after last year’s pandemic, the Hook and ladder is now the first to report a steady stream of outdoor concerts in 2021.

On Tuesday, Hook’s team announced an ambitious new musical series called Under the Canopy. Each performance will take place outside the hall under a large open-air tent with reserved tables and local and external performers.

The series is set to begin on May 1 with Hook Cornbread Harris’ 94th birthday party and will run until at least July. Other artists on the calendar to date include Dale Watson, Jeremy Messersmith, Davina & the Vagabonds, the Big Wu, the New Orleans Suspects, Keller Williams, Paul Cebar, Monica LaPlante, Turn Turn Turn and the International Reggae All-Stars.

For music fans eagerly awaiting signs of when and how live music will rebound in 2021, the Under the Canopy series signals two likely developments: an end to live streaming addiction, but not an end to live-streaming problems. safety regarding indoor concerts.

“We still don’t plan on doing anything inside until at least the fall,” said Jesse Brodd, Talent Buyer and Marketing Director for Hook & Ladder. So, he added of the Under the Canopy series, “This is what we have to do to stay alive.”

Each outdoor show will be rain or shine and can accommodate up to nearly 200 people in groups of two, four or six people. The “canopy” will be a 75-by-30-foot A-frame tent set up in the nonprofit’s spacious parking lot across from Minnehaha Avenue in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Customers will be able to order drinks and food-truck service on their phones and will be allowed indoor use of the single-stall unisex toilets at The Hook.

“We do everything safe and work closely with the city to serve our community,” said Brodd. He also acknowledged that the tickets “will be a little more expensive” than what the Hook usually charges to offset the additional costs associated with security measures.

Tickets will first be available to members of the new Hook’s MPLS Club 21 Patreon Subscription Series and on sale every Wednesday from this week. Individual tickets for each concert will be available from Friday at 10 a.m. via Where

The Hook follows the lead of Crooners and Icehouse, both of which have held popular outdoor concert series this summer and last fall with appropriate distance and plan to do so again in 2021. Each of these clubs de supper organizes indoor performances in a more limited capacity. waiting for.

There is one more gig left at The Hook in their popular hi-fi live broadcast series HookStream, a post-St. Patty’s Party Deposit the Saturday with the Belfast Cowboys covering Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” album. It could be that, however.

“The live streaming thing has done its job to keep us and our favorite artists going, but it’s starting to feel like it’s running its course,” Brodd said. “We’re ready to take the next step in bringing back live music safely.”

Here is the schedule so far for Under the Canopy:

  • May 1: Cornbread 94th anniversary
  • May 7: The Belfast Cowboys (live album release)
  • May 8: Kiss The Tiger and Ready Freddie: A Queen Experience
  • May 14: Community-driven country cavalcade with Cole Diamond, Pleasure Horse, Jake Duda Band, Tyler Haag, DJ Truckstache, Jeff Larson
  • May 15: Davina et les Vagabonds (two shows)
  • May 20: Low Rats album released with Melk Boys, Black Widows, Whiskey Rock N Roll Club
  • May 21: Jeremy Messersmith with Mayyadda
  • May 22: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
  • May 27: Tribute to Dylan & the Dead with the Jones Gang
  • May 28: Monica LaPlante, Muun Bato and Warcake
  • May 29: Yacht Rock Party with the Lonesome Losers
  • June 4: Morel festival
  • June 5: Keller Williams (two shows)
  • June 11: Erik Koskinen
  • June 18: International Reggae All-Stars
  • June 19: Lady Lark, Sophia Eris and Lewiee Blaze
  • June 25: ELnO with DJ Time Machine
  • June 26: The Big Wu (two shows)
  • June 27: Dale Watson (two shows)
  • July 9: Turn Turn Turn and Martin Devaney
  • July 10: Plant Based Poets with Carnage the Executioner, Saltee, ill chemistry, the Orange Goodness and Jodi Seiger’s Rhythm And Shoes Dance Studio
  • July 15-18: 10th edition of the Roots Rock & Deep Blues Fest (the lineup will be announced on March 30)

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