Imagine a venue capable of hosting everything from traditional weddings, Baroque chamber music recitals, and Shakespearian drama to modern dance performances, psychedelic folk festivals, and cutting-edge New Media trade shows---all within the space of a few days.
Welcome to the Varsity.
You may have heard of us, or even been here for a show. The biggest thing you need to know about the Varsity is that it can be anything to anybody. Just give us a few hours and we can change the Varsity in to something completely different. We do have a few specialties though.
We are becoming known for being one of the best music clubs in the Midwest. Our sound & lighting systems are top notch. The vibe and comfort level at the Varsity is second to none.
Live theater is also wonderful in the Varsity. We have the capabilities of doing large full blown stage musicals, or small dramas in-the-round. Our technical capabilities don't stop with music, we have some of the best gear of any small theater in the Twin Cities.
Our newest specialty has become hosting special events such as weddings, fundraising events, and employee appreciation dinners. The Varsity is like no other room that you can rent for your special event. If you want to blow away your guests with something completely different and amazing, call us about booking the Varsity for your next special event.
We are proud to have had the following artists play our stage
Ike Reilly Assassination, Brazilian Girls, Feist, American Analog Set, Robert Skoro, Jeff Hanson, Trampled by Turtles, Cloud Cult, Shout Out Louds, Halloween Alaska, Doomtree,
Tapes n' Tapes, Dropping Daylight, Quietdrive, KT Tunstall, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,
Moving Units, Matt Pond PA, Dios Malos, The Fray, Railroad Earth, Mates of State, Maria Taylor, Eisley, SIA, State Radio, The Stills, South, Taylor Hawkins, Goo Goo Dolls, The Concretes, Twilight Singers, Matt Costa, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Imogen Heap, Flyleaf,
International Noise Conspiracy, The Fall, Brandi Carlile, Boy Least Likely To, Devotchka,
The Rakes, Pete Yorn, Camera Obscura, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jolie Holland, The Futureheads, Diplo, Jeremy Enigk, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Sandi Thom, Joe Firstman, MAE, Marty Casey,
Corrine Bailey Rae, Cat Power, M. Ward, Shellac, Starsailor, Josh Ritter, HEM, Kaki King,
The Cat Empire, Regina Spektor, Paul Thorn, Raekwon the Chef, Stephen Kellogg, Anathallo, Mat Kearney, Lady Sovereign, Copeland, James Hunter, Slick Rick, My American Heart, Barenaked Ladies, Big Daddy Kane, Haley Bonar, Sonya Kitchell, Kill Hannah, The Pink Spiders, GZA, Stuart Davis, Alice Peacock, Mark Mallman, Emily Haines, Ron Sexsmith, Honeydogs, MIKA, Girl Talk, Redman, Finger Eleven, Storyhill, Glen Phillips, Alexi Murdoch,
Under the Influence of Giants, Apples in Stereo, Razorlight, Cold War Kids, Ditty Bops, Amiina, Piebald, MC Chris, Ken Andrews, Rocky Votolato, Owen, Hot Rod Circuit, Limbeck,
JJ Grey & Mofro, Joseph Arthur, Duncan Sheik, Amy Winehouse, Tyrone Wells,
Johnette Napolitano, Rooney, Fair to Midland, The Bravery, The Click Five, DJ Zinc, Ozma, Rasputina, Klaxons, Maximo Park, Cary Brothers, Ghostface Killah, The Fratellis, Mozella,
Manchester Orchestra, Motion City Soundtrack, Stan Ridgeway, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat,
Jon McLaughlin, Sara Bareilles, The Sea And Cake, Pharoahe Monch, The Aliens, The Donnas, Suzanne Vega, Bat for Lashes, Do Make Say Think, Brand Nubian, Derek Webb, Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes, Ben Lee, Menomena, Sondre Lerche, Bob Schneider, The Lemonheads,
The Bird and the Bee, Cobra Starship, Vast, The Whigs, Super Furry Animals, Needtobreathe, Griffin House, Dub Trio, Every Avenue, A Fine Frenzy, Sherwood, Bell X1, Louis XIV, The Cribs, The Phones, Carbon/Silicon, Tristan Prettyman, Notch, MXPX, Man Man, Yeasayer,
Saul Williams, EPMD, Jackie Greene, Newton Faulkner, Uh Huh Her, Jonathan Coulton,
Kathleen Edwards, Tokyo Police Club, Polara, Teitur, Marie Digby, Eric Hutchinson, Snowden,
Too $hort, Los Campesinos, Lizz Wright, Mark Kozelek, The Von Bondies, Brooke Fraser,
The Annuals, Cas Haley, The Radiators, Ryan Cabrera, Black Sheep, Nice & Smooth, M.O.P.,
Shawn Mullins, The Ting Tings, Bitter:Sweet, We Are Scientists, Joe Purdy, Meiko, Flobots,
Mike Gordon, Cruxshadows, Marc Broussard, Justin Nozuka, Jamie Lidell, Tommy Emmanuel, Ben Kweller, Minus The Bear, Joan Osborne, Legendary Pink Dots, Shiny Toy Guns,
Pete Francis, Donavon Frankenreiter, Nikka Costa, Rachael Yamagata, Jack's Mannequin,
Devin the Dude, O.A.R., Missy Higgins, Bun B, City and Colour, The Beatnuts, Lenka, Augustana, Plain White T's, Cowboy Mouth, Lykke Li, K'Naan, Lovedrug, Owl City,
Gary Louris & Mark Olsen, Brett Dennen, Lisa Hannigan, Butch Walker, Howie Day,
Squirrel Nut Zippers, Doug Stanhope, Information Society, and Bob Mould... just to name a few.