Shakedown cruise: Alabama Shakes breaks in new outdoor Mpls venue


Two up-and-coming musical acts entertained a sold-out crowd at a new outdoor venue in Minneapolis Saturday evening.

The Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty performed in front of 8,000 people on historic Hall's Island along the Mississippi Riverfront in northeast Minneapolis. It's the first time the spot has been used for a concert.

The Star Tribune notes it was an adventure for audience members to get there, since the spot is not well known. And organizers discouraged them from driving to the venue since parking is so limited.

But once the crowd got there, the concert was well worth it, the Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider writes in his review.

Here are some photos from the show.

This embed is invalid

More about Hall's Island

Hall’s Island, which is located under the Plymouth Avenue Bridge in northeast Minneapolis, isn't really an island anymore – it's more of a peninsula now.

It was used for years by the nearby Scherer Bros. Lumber Co. as a dump site for wood waste. In 1966, the company filled in the narrow river channel to join the island with the mainland to expand its commercial property.

Way back, beginning in the early 1900s, the small island was the site of a popular swimming beach and a bathhouse.

Now, the city has bought the land and is converting it back into a park. One step in the restoration plan involves restoring the river channel to make Hall's Island a real island again.

The plan also calls for re-establishing a swimming beach and restoring the island's natural habitat.

This video animation illustrates what Hall's Island and nearby Scherer Park will look like once the project is complete.

This embed is invalid

There's more information on the history of Hall's Island here.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.