Best All-Ages Venue
There isn't an all-ages venue in the Twin Cities that gives as much opportunity to young musicians as suburban community center the Garage. Beyond hosting a mix of local and national acts multiple times throughout the week, the Garage offers internship and volunteer positions. Participants can help around the venue, become a member of the street team and advisory board, and work for the youth-run publication Garage Music News. In spring of 2015, the Garage reopened with a new recording studio, new bathrooms, and a café. The venue surely isn't sexy, but that's kind of the point. It's basically a clubhouse for angsty teens — like a First Ave Jr. In the past year, the Garage has put on shows from seasoned artists like Modern Baseball, All Time Low, and Jeff Rosenstock, proving it's not just a performance space for unpracticed local Blink-182 cover bands. No other well-established venue is this unapologetically all-ages, all the time.