Minneapolis Weighs Proposal to Ban 18+ Shows


The issues surrounding the 18+ show are well-known and long-standing; in Minneapolis, efforts to limit underage binge drinking have prompted City Councilwoman Lisa Goodman to propose restrictions on 18+ events. If the motion passes, two options would be available for live events: all-ages, alcohol-free concerts, or 21+ shows with free-flowing alcohol. Quoted in Minneapolis’ City Pages, Goodman claims, “I just don’t know how I can in good faith look at these public-health people and tell them we don’t propagate youth access to alcohol when we allow 18-year-olds into bars where 21-year-olds can pass them alcohol. If I don’t do something to address this now, I’m going to face something far more onerous.”

Local venue owners have expressed concern about the ordinance, and a petition on Facebook lists performers that would likely forgo performing in Minneapolis should the proposal be put into effect, including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Girl Talk, and Phoenix. Booking manager James “Taco” Martin says that a ban on 18+ concerts would limit the amount of bands passing through the city, claiming that “A lot of bands require [the 18+ age restriction] because they can sell a lot of merch to people who aren’t buying drinks with the money in their pocket.”

A petition against the measure is circulating online; sign it here.

POSTED July 27, 2009 4:28PM IN THE TRIPWIRE Comments (5) TAGS: , ,




  1. JB says:

    or just lower the drinking age…problem solved

  2. Joe says:

    Who cares. All the bands will just go to venues in St Paul instead. For some reason the Minneapolis City Council really hates it when people have fun. They tried to ban happy hours a while ago too.

  3. Goodman obviously doesn’t have a lot of faith in how venues are run. Reputable clubs will ensure their locations have well-trained staff and stringent door policies and check systems because they know a revoked liquor license will be the death of them.

    What, does she want underage drinking to not happen in the car on the way into the venue as well? Oh wait…

  4. Jen says:

    Joe – you’re wrong – St. Paul has more restrictions than Minneapolis does, which is why downtown is a ghost town after 5.

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