Marking the first time a Christian nightclub's been taken over by anything other than epic Jars of Clay beats: Mpls's newest entertainment space, Mill City Nights (briefly known as The Brick). Housed in the born-again Club 3 Degrees space in Butler Square, the warehouse-y Mill's one part concert space & one part bar, and though the details shouldn't matter because you sinners are all going to hell anyway, here they are:
The Venue: The stripped-down theater maxes out at 1600 (though it claims it could totally do more if it hadn't just lifted chest two days ago!), and is designed to feature "uninterrupted sight-lines". Depending on the show, there'll be cabaret-style seating or a dance floor at the base of the stage, and bars on both levels serev cans & bottles (like Grain Belt Nordeast) and a full array of booze including Mpls' own 2 Gingers Whiskey.
The Basement Bar: Pre- and post-game down here on show nights (the 400-capacity space is lined with monitors and speakers projecting what's going on upstairs), when it's reserved for ticket-holders only. On off nights, though, all-comers can hit the booth-lined booze cave and enjoy the simple pleasures of nachos, chili-cheese dogs, and subs, but not for the musicians, because remember, there aren't any tonight.
Speaking of bands, playing there soon will be Jane's Addiction and Flogging Molly. And if you'd prefer a funnyboy, they've also booked deadpan master Norm MacDonald, so, note to self: make sure Norm's date doesn't interfere with the Jars' Rock and Worship Roadshow tour.
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