The Hook and Ladder celebrated their 5 year anniversary this weekend with 2 nights of music. Superior Siren, Black-Eyed Snakes, and Kiss the Tiger rocked the venue on Friday, while a more eclectic lineup of DJ Mattya, Drew Peterson, Siama Matuzungidi, Bond Does Belly, and Apollo Cobra framed in a perfect Saturday evening. For any business in the past 5 years, staying afloat during the pandemic is a badge of accomplishment. For The Hook, being next to the civil unrest in 2020, further surviving is a testament of their community influence.
Their community impact is felt throughout the entire Twin Cities and was easily shared by the musicians on stage these two nights. For Music in Minnesota, The Hook has provided continuous support and partnerships for our local musicians. We were one of the first to spotlight and see their new venue “The Mission Room“. During the shutdown they stepped forward even more by hosting a unique “One-on-One” concert for a lucky fan with Static Panic.
It didn’t end there with contributing their presence for a series of portraits photos and opening their doors for a multitude of virtual shows for local artists, many of which Music in Minnesota were able to attend and cover. But probably the most crucial support that The Hook partnered with us on was the “Value Our Venues” endeavor, in which they stepped up to host the fundraiser for 8 venues in the Twin Cities. Raising just over $26k, that money went directly back to our venues to keep them alive during a difficult shutdown.
The Hook has continued to innovate by being one of the first venues to pivot to outside shows with their “Under the Canopy” series this year. Converting their parking lot to a music center, venue is surrounded with messages of unity, community building, and dedication to it’s mission statement. It’s a venue that gives back in everything it does.
When you add up all of these examples, Music in Minnesota thanks The Hook and Ladder for everything you do that isn’t seen. All the hard work to book music, all the long hours setting up and tearing down, and all the small events that raise money for our neighborhoods. We can’t wait to celebrate many more years ahead.
Photos from Night Two