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AEG's The Brick Re-Opens Under New Name

MINNEAPOLIS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After some renovation, the venue formerly known as The Brick in Minneapolis has re-opened under a new moniker, Mill City Nights.

The club first opened as The Brick in March, but got off to a rough start, with their opening night concert by Jane's Addiction panned by fans for inexperienced security, overcrowding and issues with sightlines. The opening stirred such bad press locally that the club's operator, AEG offered refunds for all ticket holders.

"We weren't able to deliver the type of experience our fans were looking for," the club's general manager Jeff Kehr told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We should have had a soft opening [with a lesser-known act] to get a feel for how the room breathed."

Upgrades to the Mill City Nights include multi-level risers in the balcony area, a taller stage and expanded entry doors. The club has also set up approximately 20 HD monitors throughout the venue and a second staircase has been added. The capacity of the club has also been reduced by about 30% to 1,200, the Star-Tribune reports.

Kehr declined to comment on how much the upgrades to the venue cost, but estimated that it was comparable to AEG's original renovation of the club, which had formerly been a Christian music venue.

Upcoming shows at the Mill include: Theory of a Deadman, Chiddy Bang, Deerhoof, Rusted Root, leetUp, Steel Panther and Easton Corbin.

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