Shakedown cruise: Alabama Shakes breaks in new outdoor Mpls venue

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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.

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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.

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

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