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Fire Marshal Halts Minneapolis Acoustic Valentine’s Day Concert

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A mellow Valentine’s Day concert by acoustic folk duo Storyhill at Minneapolis’ Varsity Theater was shut down after officials found that the crowd was significantly over capacity.

The CD-release show by the group drew 475 people to the 300-capacity venue, forcing the fire marshal to pull the plug mid-concert. Rain checks were given for future make-up dates.

Club owner Jason McLean blamed the problem on a “disconnect” between the number of tickets sold online and at the door, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He said the overcrowding was compounded by the fact that Storyhill’s “mellow” fans sat on the floor, eating up more space than a standard audience.

Fines and other actions have yet to be determined. The theater has not been cited for any fire violations since reopening under McLean’s management in 2005. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers