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Spirit Award Venues
Performing at any one of these venues will earn you a nomination in the

Annual Spirit Awards.

 

 

Frist Avenue TheaterVenue:  First Avenue

Address: Downtown Minneapolis, MN

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Staff Notes: This is the venue where Prince began his career.

 

The Cedar Cultural center

Venue: The Cedar Cultural Center

Address: Minneapolis, MN

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The Turf Club

Venue: The Turf Club

Address: 1601 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104

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The Fitzgerald Theater

Venue:  The Fitzgerald Theater

Address: 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN  55101

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Guthrie Theater

Venue:  Guthrie Theater

Address: 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Orpheum

Venue:  The Orpheum Theatre

Address:  910 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN  55403

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Medina Entertainment Center

Venue: Medina Entertainment Center

Address: Medina, MN

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Venue Rating: two star rating- three star rating

Backstage Rating: one star rating-two star rating

Staff Notes:  This venue is set up as a traditional honky tonk with buffet tables and folding chairs for seating.  The stage is small; nonetheless, it provides close intimacy to the audience. The backstage area is small and can only handle 1 to 3 people at a time.  Please note that traveling between the tour bus and stage is unsecured and opened to the public.

 

Mystic Lake Casino

Venue: Mystic Lake Casino

Address:  2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.; Prior Lake, MN 55372

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Venue Rating: four star rating

Backstage Rating: one star rating

Staff Notes: This venue contains an indoor and outdoor stage.  The outdoor stage is small, but provides a fun party atmosphere.  The indoor theater is medium to small venue that provides a general theater feel.  The indoor backstage area is a secure, located underground and can be difficult for those with special needs to navigate.

 

The Myth

Venue:  The Myth

Address:  Maplewood, MN

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Venue Rating: four star rating

Backstage Rating: five star rating

Staff Notes:  This is your typical rave, standing room only venue.  With its tight security, this venue creates a wonderful night of entertainment.  Please note that they do not allow anyone under the age of 21 into this venue.  The backstage area is a lounge style setting located on an upper level.

 

The Target Center

Venue:  The Target Center

Address: Minneapolis, MN

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Venue Rating: four star rating

Backstage Rating: four star rating

Staff Notes: This large venue is the home of professional basketball teams The Timberwolves and The Lynx.  We have seen backstage passes set up in the venue after everyone has left and we have seen them in one of the press rooms.

Minnesota State fair

Venue: Minnesota State Fair

Address:  1265 Snelling Avenue North; St. Paul, MN 55108-3099

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Venue Rating: four star rating

Backstage Rating: four star rating

Staff Notes:  Come perform at the world’s most successful fair.  With several stages to choose from, this venue will give you the most exposure especially with over 150,000 visitors per day.  This fair is scheduled annually starting twelve days leading up to and Labor Day.  Each of the stages are well positioned for maximum exposure.  The Grand Stand is the prize stage with its large paid audience and fireworks after each show.

 

Treasure Island Casino

Venue:  Treasure Island Casino

Address: 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089

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Venue Rating: four star rating

Backstage Rating: one star rating

Staff Notes:  This medium sized venue is the perfect place to create a night to remember for your guests.  It contains a setting that can be both intimate and formal, depending on the entertainer.  The backstage area is very secure.  The following items are not allowed backstage – cell phones, cameras, gifts, and any item for autographs. This venue does make it quite difficult for Spirit Award presentations with all of the limitations.  This venue also contains an outdoor venue.

 

Xcel energy

Venue: Xcel Energy Center

Address:  199 West Kellogg Boulevard; Saint Paul, MN 55102

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Venue Rating: five star rating

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Staff Notes:  This large venue is the home of the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team.  It does contain great acoustics, nonetheless, not like those of the Grand Ole Opry.

 

Weesner Family Amphitheatre

Venue:  Weesner Family Amphitheatre

Address:  13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

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Dakota 

Venue: Dakota

Address: 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

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Sheldon

Venue: The Sheldon

Address:  443 West 3rd St; Red Wing, MN 55066

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The Phipps Center

Venue:  The Phipps

Address:  109 Locust St. Hudson, WI 54016

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Venue Rating: five star rating

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Staff Notes:  The setting is right off the St. Croix River with this beautiful intimate small theatre.  This venue is 100% dedicated to the arts with its galleries that showcase various artistic mediums.

 

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Other Venues
Performing at any one of these venues will not earn you a nomination in the

Annual Spirit Awards.

The Pablo at the Confluence

Venue:  The Pablo Center at the Confluence

Address:  128 Graham Ave Eau Claire, WI 54701

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Venue Rating: five star rating

Backstage Rating: five star rating

Staff Notes:  Opened in 2018, this is a beautiful venue with near perfect acoustics.

 

 

Q&Z Expo

 

Venue:  Q & Z Expo

Address:  E3640 Country Road Q Ringle, WI  54471

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Website:  https://www.qzexpoentertainment.com/

Venue Rating: three star rating- four star rating

Backstage Rating: one star rating due to security

Staff Notes:  Located in the middle of Wisconsin dairy land, this venue reminds us of “Bob’s Country Bunker” from the movie The Blues Brothers.  The building consists of a converted church.  Perform on a large stage that is surrounded by Halloween type props.  The audience is standing room only with approximately 600 attendees. The downside of the venue is once an attendee leaves the building, they are not allowed back in.  The backstage area is open to all who are in attendance. 

St Croix Casinos

Venue:  St Croix Casino – Turtle Lake

Address:  777 Highway 8 / 63 Turtle Lake, WI  54889

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Venue:  St Croix Casino – Danbury

Address:  30222 State Road 35 77, Danbury, WI 54830

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Venue:  St Croix Casino – Hertle

Address:  4348 State Road 70, Webster, WI  54893

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Grand Casino Hinckely

Venue:  Grand Casino Hinckley

Address:  777 Lady Luck Drive Hinckley, MN  55037

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Venue Rating: three star rating due to seating

Backstage Rating: one star rating

Staff Notes: This outdoor theatre is one of the most controlling and inconsistent venues we have attended.  The show, backstage passes and meet and greets can only be conducted by the venue.  We no longer will attend this venue due to the amount of control and inconsistencies.   

 

Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Venue:  Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Address:  777 Grand Avenue Onamia, MN  56359

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Staff Notes: Located on Lake Mille Lacs, you best bring your fishing pole to get a little fishing in while you perform here.     

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