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Fine Line Music Cafe


What is Fine Line Music Café? Fine Line Music Café is a club located in downtown Minneapolis, in the heart of the Warehouse District, and on the main level of the Consortium building. Fine Line Music Café celebrated the opening in November of 1987 and the owner, Ruth Whitney, worked for two years developing her vision of a first-class nightclub. Whitney's vision was a club that would present top quality local and national musical acts seven nights a week in downtown Minneapolis.


Fine Line Music Café's opening months were an immediate success. The Fine Line featured many well know performers: Sheila E, Cowboy Junkies, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Indigo Girls, and Edie Brickel are just a few of the musicians that played at the club in the earlier days. The Fine Line quickly became known as "the Premier music club in town." Soon as the club took off, the Fine Line introduced Sunday Gospel Brunch. The brunch was first of its kind in the Twin Cities and was a continuous tradition for ten years.


In 1993, Fine Line Minneapolis went through a number of ownership changes, concluding with the purchase of the club by Dario Anselmo, a local entrepreneur, in December 1993. Anselmo was a regular customer of the Fine Line Music Café and knew the clubs fabulous potential. Given the 90's look, the Fine Line club was remodeled with help from a local artist, Ta-coumba Aiken. Anselmo also expanded the business plan for the club to accommodate corporate and specialty events. One such event featured President Bill Clinton as the guest of honor. That same day also brought Soul Asylum to the Fine Line Music Café stage at the request of President Clinton. October 7, 1999 Grammy award winner and Platinum record selling artist Sheryl Crow played the Fine Line club for the movie release of Dill Scallion, which she produced the music. After celebrating its 15-year anniversary, the Minneapolis club saw even more changes. February 17, 2003, a pyrotechnics accident lit the Fine Line ceiling on fire. Due to the professional staff and their quick response, everyone made it out safely, but the club was not so fortunate and had tremendous amounts of smoke, fire, and water damage.


The reconstruction of the Fine Line Music Cafe took five months and included many, many upgrades; new lights, and sound, new Fine Line music stage, a state-of-the-art audio/visual experience in addition to exciting aesthetic changes such as a new concrete bar, acoustic ceiling tiles, new flooring, and a whole new color scheme. Over the last few years two other musical events have stood out at the Fine Line Music Café. On April 13, 2004 the alternative rock group The Pixes kicked off their world reunion tour with a two day practice session that followed with a concert at the club filmed in the movie: Loud QUITE Loud. On June 7, 2007, Maroon 5, the number one group in the country played a six city "club tour" which featured a stop at the Fine Line Music Café. Maroon 5 tickets were extrememly hot and Minneapolis music fans were not disappointed with the Fine Line performance.


Over the past 20 years, Fine Line Music Café has seen thousands of nationally and regionally known acts: Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, as well as playing host to various corporate clients: Target, Best Buy, and Universal Records. Because of the top name entertainment and unique private events in a first class environment, Fine Line Music Café tickets have become a hot item on the ticket line. So if you are thinking you would like to see some event at the Fine Line Music Café, please do not wait, get your Fine Line Music tickets today, and enjoy what you see!!


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