Music News: Dave Pirner to play new MSP airport venue opening

Dave Pirner
Dave Pirner performs in the Forum at Minnesota Public Radio in 2013 (Nate Ryan/MPR)

A motley group of musicians will play the opening of a new music venue at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In a concert starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, the McNally Smith College of Music Stage at Republic will host performances by Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum; Chris Osgood and Dave Ahl of the Suicide Commandos; St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and his band the MSP Messengers; jazz duo Solomon Parham and Spencer Christianson; and McNally Smith students.

According to a press release, "the McNally Smith Stage at Republic is located at the intersection of Concourses C and D (near Gate 1) in Terminal 1-Lindbergh at MSP International Airport." In the future, "musicians from the McNally Smith community will perform in the new live venue during peak travel times -- 3:30-7:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 1:30-5 pm on Sundays. Reflecting the diversity of contemporary styles taught at the College, performances will span a variety of genres, ranging from traditional jazz to classical guitar to hip-hop."

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