MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis has the second best music scene in America, according to a recently released survey.
Well, actually it has the second best music scene once you take New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville out of the mix.
So, in actuality, the website Livability ranks Minneapolis as the fifth best music scene in the U.S.
“Of course Nashville keeps its title as Music City USA with its 180 recording studios, 130 music publishers, 100 live music clubs and 80 record labels,” said Livability.com editor Lisa Battles. “But there are other cities like Minneapolis and Athens, Ga. that have just as vibrant a music scene and culture as Nashville and some of the big cities.”
Livability cited the area’s rich legacy of rock and roll titans like Prince and The Replacements, in addition to the legendary First Avenue.
“I think it’s great that we’re starting to get some recognition,” said Nate Kranz, the general manager of First Avenue. “We’ve always had great local bands, but for whatever reason, there’s something resonating right now. And it’s moving out of Minneapolis. We’re sending all these bands out of Minneapolis that are having so much success.”
Rolling Stone also recently listed Electric Fetus and Hymie’s Vintage Records among the nation’s best record stores.
Athens Ga. was ranked at the top of the list (which is to say, fourth). Below Minneapolis were Portland, Ore.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Omaha, Neb.