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3 Minneapolis music venues ranked among best in U.S., the world

Two are jazz venues, and the third is a legendary rock venue.

It's not just your Minnesota bias talking anymore: the Minneapolis music scene is indeed world-class.

Not that you needed proof, but three local venues have been named among the best in the business — not only across the U.S., but beyond. 

Both the Dakota and Crooners Supper Club are among DownBeat magazine's "World's Greatest Jazz Venues" list, published in the February issue. 

It's not the first time for the Dakota — which has become a mainstay of downtown's Nicollet Mall since opening in 1985 —by a long shot. The club shared the honor on Facebook, noting that it's made the list for over 25 years now:

Crooners, which is located in northeast Minneapolis, also trumpeted the announcement on Facebook, saying they're "thrilled" to make the 2020 list:

It's quite the achievement for Crooners, considering it hasn't been on the scene all that long; according to its website, it first opened in 2014. 

But it's not all jazz venues getting recognition. 

Men's style website The Manual also published a "best of" list of music spots this month, "9 Coolest Concert Venues in the U.S.," and included none other than the legendary First Avenue.

The online magazine has this to say about the literally star-studded venue:

Parked at the corner of First Avenue and 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis, this appropriately named club originally opened as a Greyhound station in 1937. Since, First Avenue has become a cultural hot pot and the frequent playground of the late Prince, a Twin Cities god. It’s a lauded musical temple, featured in Purple Rain, a place where U2 wrote songs, allegedly haunted, and helped build a vibrant Minneapolis music scene back in the ’70s. Cooler still, there’s a smaller club within the club called The Entry that caters especially to local acts.

First Avenue opened as a venue in 1970, with singer Joe Cocker serving as its very first headliner. 

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