In just a few weeks, a European-inspired jazz club called Berlin will open and bring live music to the North Loop six nights a week.
The Riffin' Trio will play Berlin's debut show on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The venue’s recently-posted calendar currently lists shows through March 2.
Friday and Saturday shows at Berlin are ticketed, except for the first weekend that it’s open. Tickets are $30 for the Feb. 16-17 and March 1-2 shows.
There’s no cover charge four other nights a week, and reservations can't be made ahead of time, so space is available on a first come, first served basis.
“Berlin combines state of the art sound and hospitality with the charm and intimacy of a European-inspired jazz club,” its website reads. “Keeping with its namesake city, Berlin features a variety of experimental music from jazz, ambient, and electronic programming.”
Rich Henriksen owns Berlin and its historic three-story building. He enlisted Jamie Malone as culinary director and Alex Proctor as music supervisor, according to Berlin’s website.
Malone is a local James Beard-nominated chef who previously owned and operated Grand Cafe in the Kingfield neighborhood. These days, she hosts dining events through her Paris Dining Club.
Proctor is a front-of-house sound and recording engineer who’s worked with James Blake, Foster the People, Portugal the Man and other artists. “Alex looks forward to bringing a new brand of venue to the Minneapolis community and hopes to help fill a hole and provide a home for experimental music both locally, nationally and internationally,” says his bio on Berlin’s website.
A representative for Berlin told a Minneapolis City Council committee in late November that the club would have a full-service restaurant and about 80 seats.
Berlin will be closed on Tuesdays but open every other night of the week. Hours are set for 4 p.m. until midnight on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, when shows are ticketed.
Before it opens to the public, Berlin hosts an intimate conversation between Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson and Minneapolis drummer and composer Dave King on Monday, Jan. 29 as part of The Great Northern festival. Tickets are free, but they were quickly claimed.
Berlin is located at 204 N. First St., right next to Porzana, the new Argentian steakhouse from Daniel del Prado in the former Bachelor Farmer building. The ground-floor space was last occupied by an Askov Finlayson store.