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Minnesota – 50 States of Music


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Any proud Minnesotan can tell you

that their state launched the careers of some of music's most influential superstars, including Prince and Bob Dylan. Minnesota has a vibrant folk music scene, a feature of its famous radio show, "Prairie Home Companion," and is home to Sound 80, the first recording studio to engineer and release a digital recording. It boasts a rich tradition of jazz, blues, indie rock, and Scandinavian music, and is known for "the Minneapolis Sound," a mixture of funk, rock, pop and R&B.


  • Bob Dylan
  • Dr. Demento
  • Morris Day
  • Owl City
  • Paul Westerberg
  • Prince
  • Soul Asylum
  • The Andrews Sisters
  • The Jayhawks
  • The Replacements

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Basilica Block Party Festival
  • Bluestem Amphitheater
  • First Avenue
  • The First Line
  • Fitzgerald Theater
  • Orchestra Hall
  • Moondance Jam Festival
  • Myth Live
  • NorShor Theatre
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • Palace Theatre
  • Pantages Theatre
  • Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • Snowta Fest Festival
  • Soundset Festival
  • Target Center
  • The Armory
  • The Cedar Cultural Center
  • Turf Club
  • We Fest Festival

Music Schools

  • McNally Smith College of Music
  • St. Cloud State University
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
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