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Via The Current:

It’s the bar where Golden Smog, Zuzu’s Petals, and Semisonic all began, and where Dan Wilson first debuted his big hit “Closing Time.” It’s the bar where Bonnie Raitt hung out while in the Twin Cities to record her debut album. It’s where First Ave stage manager Conrad Sverkerson kicked out his first rowdy patron. And it’s where Peter Ostroushko was playing pool when he got the call to go play on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks.

It’s the 400 Bar—and after decades of hosting live music, the West Bank institution has closed its doors and vacated its ancient two-story building on the corner of Cedar and Riverside Avenues.

For some, it marks the end of an era; the closing of the final chapter of Minneapolis’s storied rock ‘n’ roll heyday, and yet another nail in the coffin of the vibrant folk and blues scene that once dominated the West Bank. But for those familiar with the neighborhood’s rich and vibrant history, it’s yet another example of the reinvention and resilience that sets the area apart from any other in the Twin Cities.



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